It seems like an eternity, but it is only two months since we returned from our visit to Zimbabwe. The time between had taken us to many other places, both physically and mentally, but one the recordings of our interviews started playing, it dragged us back to where we had been a few weeks ago. The voices of our interviewees, the clapping and singing of the women’s lamentation and celebration songs, the background sounds of cows; it captured so many aspects of our visit. Continue reading
While some of us have been still “Future Fabulating” in Portugal, others amongst us welcomed Calvin Dondo into our labs. As Calvin was in Brussels to launch his current book: Hodhii Zimbabwe, it was rather clear, to take this chance to see him again after spending time and doing work together in Siachilaba and Harare earlier in the year.
Realizing that one and a half month have already passed since we are back form Zimbabwe seems just not right. Sometimes it feels a bit like as we just left Harare a day ago.. at other moments it feels way back in time…
Anyhow, in a few weeks we will have the chance to “go back” to Zimbabwe in a way. Whereby not in a geographical, us traveling, sense, though. No, it will be Zimbabwe coming to see, to visit us. It will be the “Austrian” part of the Kunzwana #1 project which is making this possible. Continue reading
We left the “original” radio-set, the piece of hardware, enabling the interfacing with “Tales Of Resilience” behind. Left it in Zimbabwe. Filled with all these great stories people told us while we have been traveling through the country. We left it with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Accessible for all visitors.
Since there will be further occasions, exhibitions and such like to present “Tales of Resilience” as well as it is a project in progress, meaning there will be additional stories collected and integrated we knew from the very beginning of the project-start, that we have to build a second version.
Looking pretty much alike in shape, the “inside” used technology is substantially improved and pretty much ready to be integrated in the hardware – part.
After weeks of designing, building and programming, further weeks of travel, interviews, learning about Zimbabwean history and culture, about the Tonga, the Ndebeli, the Shona and the interrelations between them and the other 13 cultures existing in Zimbabwe, hearing stories about survival, the mundane, the spiritual and the practical, after all these new ideas and influences, we reach the crux of the matter: the opening.
Tales of Resilience was developed in close collaboration with Kunzwana #1. A musical, trans-cultural collaboration of both musical storytelling and freely improvised music.
We did it on our second day in Zimbabwe – we just had to do it again on our second last day. Being good, proper tourists. And it was worthwhile. Seeing all these animals (most of us haven’t seen them before) in extensive national parks was just such an great experience! And – we had the chance to escape “city life” for a little while.
We can’t help ourselves, even if this is a “working-type” blog – we share a few of these impressive creatures with you!
We had the chance to see a bit of Harare the last two days, enjoyed several performances at HIFA, listened to a panel discussion looking at the current developments in curating contemporary African art and finally met the people from the Book Cafe.
It’s set up. Waiting to be used through the audience tomorrow. Friday 02nd of May there will be a official opening – 3PM
It could have been very easy: opening the transport box, get the radio-interface out of it, place it on a table, plug it in, start it up, transfer the audio- & video material collected and processed in recent days and walk out of the National Gallery and enjoy coffee and the city-life of Harare.
we landed. in town. busy roads, ambulance sirens, crowds of people, robots (as the traffic lights are called here) fences, gates & security personal.
It was supposed to be a short break to stretch our legs and get one of these lovely watermelons on our way from Bulawayo to Harare. As experienced many time since being here, people just start interacting, asking questions, being friendly in general.
“that’s all it is about for me.” // Cont Mhalanga
On the road again
It’s time to leave the rural areas behind us and approach the urbanized ones. All three of us, individually, spent some time last night saying good by the calm- and mightiness of Kariba lake. All experiences, tales and anecdotes here left us with unforgettable impressions, a recorded collection of tales, songs, traditional performances and a tremendous lot of images (digitally as well as as virtually in our heads).
It is only through Luumuno’s great help in interpretation and communication that we are able to listen to all these tales and anecdotes in this part of the world – and it happens to be her birthday today! Happy Birthday to you!
Peter Kuthan, Werner Puntigam, Franz Hautzinger & Isabelle Duthoit arrived to Mlibizi yesterday evening. As scheduled by Basilwizi Trust we went to great and respect the deceased chief family of the Siachilaba community. A bit of a walk through the bush, the crossing of a river brought us to the homestead of them.
Networking, collecting more tales and sight-seeing, all packed in a single day. We left early morning to Binga, the district capital – if we understand it right. First stop was the head office of Basilwizi Trust, the Zimbabwean co-organisation of “Tales of Resilience”, followed by enjoying the world of internet-connectivity, a bit of restocking, posting our “snail-mail” and visiting the hot-springs close to Binga.
Re-listening the interviews taken in the last days is doubtless more intense than taking them. The details, with them the strength of the statements, the tales and traditions get more and more clear while editing.
Other things happening today:
– we learnt (beside of so many other things) the water in the Kariba lake could supply greater London for 300 hundred years.
– we finally saw the hippos