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the elephant in the room is culture, and the land that shapes it


Essay (4291 words) - by HA!Man

5 February 2021

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HA!ART
creations with an aesthetic bent

gaudeamus

a pianistic and not so sentimental interpretation of the well-known academic commercium song, Gaudeamus Igitur ("So Let Us Rejoice"), recorded on a Steinway grand in Stellenbosch (HM Apr 2021)
06 RECORDINGS 1-2 classical 10:11

most beautiful town

key places, buildings and views from my (and my parents') past in Stellenbosch, described by some foreign visitors as the most beautiful town in the world (HM Apr 2021)
10 SLIDESHOWS 3-1 emotive 33 images

Grand Africa

with the voice of the late Nolufefe Mtshabe, a xhosa song with two distinctive parts is combined in this at once jolly, quirky and massively "grand" piece of orchestral African (with HM Feb 2008)
06 RECORDINGS 2-3 rhythmic swing 05:44

hier sta ik

Joke's improvised Dutch poem "hier sta ik" blends with a drive through a misty Karoo in the early morning hours ((HM March 2021)
11 VIDEO 1-1 mystical 04:32

woman and the beast

the curved beauty and gentleness of female fecundity suggested by juxtaposing the figure of a woman with that of a cow (JD Mar 2021)
08 DRAWINGS 1-2 aesthetic  

farmer world

a cloud of thought drifts from a farmer's head as he is flanked by two heads of cattle.. a hanging cigarette further betrays the stress that is the fate of many of his profession (JD Mar 2021)
08 DRAWINGS 1-2 aesthetic  
HA!MIND
issue-driven and food-for-thought creations

circle of domestication

our interdependence with the domesticated animal depicted as a swril of figures connecting an arm chair with the slope of bare land (JD Mar 2021)

08 DRAWINGS

2-1 explorative

 

Wisdom Search (2)
wisdom and Truth

The Three Part Conceptual Analysis (2) - comparing the quest for Truth and the nature of wisdom, how Truth can be sold but how wisdom is still hard to find and nourish in our age (HM Mar 2013)

01 ESSAYS

0 explanatory

791 woorde

FACEBOOK GEDIG

'n spotgedig met myself wat so lank huiwer of ek op Facebook moet bly of moet afstap. 'n spotgedig met Facebook. (HM Jan 2016)

03 GEDIGTE

2-2 beskrywend

155 woorde

IMPROVISATION NOW Part 8
Improvisation is spiritual

the eighth installment - goes to the roots of spirituality to clarify its meaning and looks at the ways spontaneous expression can give effect to this dimension, without becoming religious in itself (HM Feb 2021)

01 ESSAYS

0 explanatory

2163 words

illusion

what came out between myself and Christopher Pressing in Chicago, with an array of sound making objects and a text by Ludwig Wittgenstein. In this first of five pieces, the word illusion features in sometimes humerous ways (Oct 2015)

06 RECORDINGS

2-1 experimental

07:32

The You

look around. listen. watch. a thousand messages about and for You. every hour, every day. all lies. and yet we keep believing the God of our times. (HM Feb 2021)

02 POEMS

3-2 festive

870 words

HA!LIFE
creations drawing from daily life, on the road and stage

it is in Stellenbosch

a brief catalogue of events that had a formative influence on my life during the times i resided in Stellenbosch, spanning a decade from 1986 onwards. Stellenbosch is a visionary place and therefore rife with disillusionment (HM Apr 2021)

01 ESSAYS

2-2 sciences, objectivity

1799 words

Stellenbosch stands for an idea

my parents met as the ideal couple in an ideal town with images of the ideal years in Afrikaner history, which was all just an idea (HM Apr 2021)

02 POEMS

2-2 descriptive

188 words

maddened by music

upon meeting a man who fell between the cracks of Western classical music and the intensity of his own feelings (HM Mar 2021)

02 POEMS

1-1 primal

253 words

Bibliotheek Stutterheim

(in DUTCH) anecdotes around our town library that seems to have stood still since priorities in South Africa shifted from advanced public services to building proper houses for millions of shack dwellers (JD Feb 2021)

01 ESSAYS

3-1 ethics, justice

671 words

tjello se tonge van vuur

cello and fire collaboration recorded during strict lockdown for a Dutch festival (commentary in Afrikaans). four improvisation pieces (the final piece is also lightly orchestrated, along with nostalgic images of our pre-COVID days) (HM Jun 2020)

12 FILM

2-1 explorative

21:36

SITRAP 210307
where there is death there is life

finding myself in the tropics i ponder the supply and demand of life itself, the feng-shui of performance and the disembodied niceness of fruit juice (HM Mar 2021)

01 ESSAYS

1-3 spirituality, connection

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