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The PASS Blog is a timeline, a history and an archive of all activity on the Pan African Space Station. Here you can scroll back in time to see information on past events, collaborators biographies, PASS features and more.

She go say I be Lady, oh

miriam-makeba-foundation-tropics-magazine-01-1024x572In the words of a feminist Muriel Rukeyser, “…the truth about [my] life” has split the world open. One woman’s story successfully breaks the tout le monde jurisdiction of any consensus… Feminism cannot be globally defined because Pangaea broke into pieces 250 million years ago and many wild waters and hazardous bush must be traversed to evangelise my kind of savage. The world is not one.”

– Excerpt from ‘Sister Outsider‘ by Yemisi Ogbe (Chimurenga Chronic, Apr 2016) 

Tune into PASS all day to listen to sounds from women who, though space and time, continue to explore and shape the multiplicity of womanhood. Featuring Nina Simone, Thandiswa Mazwai, Netsayi, Busi Mhlongo, Brenda Fassie, Georgia Anne Muldrow and many more.

Here are some selections from PASS on Mixcloud featuring Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Chandra Frank

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PASS landing at CiC Library, Cairo

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From 17 -19 February 2017, the Pan African Space Station landed in the library of Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) in downtown Cairo. PASS in Cairo featured live readings, performances and conversations with Chimurenga’s collaborators in the city, including Hassan Khan, Amanda KM, Mohamed Abdelkarim, Amado Alfadni, Adham Hafez, Shatha Al Deghady, Magdy El Shafee, Amira Hanafi and many more. Recorded sessions from the landing will soon be available for replay via PASS on Mixcloud.  ( continue reading

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Hassan Khan reads ‘Twelve Clues’

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Cairo-based artist and writer Hassan Khan will present a round table discussion interspersed with selections of music and some excerpts from his sci-fi novella, Twelve Clues, live on PASS at the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) library on Friday 17 February from 3-5pm (EET). This short English-language novel, which features 12 clues, 12 chapters and 12 artworks, alludes to a colossal corporation, a ground-breaking science project, humanity, a movie, apes, robots and religion, but complicates the logic of these worlds when they collide with the entangled lives of the …  ( continue reading

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‘Filtered Conversations (Remixed)’ with Amanda KM

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Based on her project Filtered Conversations (Remixed), which focuses on the evidence and residue of intimate conversations held between women in Cairo, Amanda KM will have a conversation about previous conversations. She invites Shatha Al Deghady and Ahmed Kubara to have an improvised jam session using loops of sound and voice. Amanda KM will join us in the PASS studio at the library of the Contemporary Image Collective for a live broadcast from 3-5pm (EET) on Thursday 16 February. Amanda KM is …  ( continue reading

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Amira Hanafi with ‘Language as Material’

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Amira Hanafi joins us on PASS in Cairo in Sunday 19 February from 4-6pm with Language as Material. She will read selections from her books Forgery (2011) and Minced English (2010), and share recordings from her project, A Dictionary of the Revolution, that documented the amplification of public political speech following the 25 January 2011 uprising in Egypt, Amira Hanafi is a writer and artist living in Cairo. She works with language as a material, documenting multivocal histories that encompass the …  ( continue reading

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Amado Alfadni

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  Egyptian-born Sudanese artist Amado Alfadni will be joining us on PASS live from CiC Library in downtown Cairo on Saturday 18 February from 4-5pm. Alfadni will present and explore his ongoing research, which is focused on forgotten historical events and current state policies; the relationship between the included and the excluded; and issues of identity and politics.    ( continue reading

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Mohamed Abdelkarim

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Mohamed Abdelkarim constructs a world of sound on PASS live from Contemporary Image Collective in Downtown Cairo on Friday 17 February from 5-6pm. Abdelkarim’s selections will include a collection of productions by Dirar Kalash, Kareem Lotfy Jacqueline George, as well as his own works produced in Karachi, Beirut, Cairo. Mohamed Abdelkarim is a visual/performance artist, based in Cairo. Here is an extract from Episode #1 and #2 of his performance/essay-based project Dramatic Episodes on Locomotion.  ( continue reading

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Magdy El-Shafee

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Graphic artist, cartoonist, illustrator Magdy El-Shafee joins us on PASS live from the CiC Library, Cairo from 3-4pm on Saturday 18 February. El-Shafee will be taking us through his illustrated works and will be selecting music from his personal collection. He will be joined in conversation with children’s book author, Rania Amin, and scriptwriter Muhammed Abdelaziz.  ( continue reading

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Revisit moments from the PASS landing in Amsterdam

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From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station transmitted live in Amsterdam from the OBA Central Library. PASS is an experiment in speaking, listening, playing, partying and community, featuring collaborations with artists and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; prompting us, through performance, conversation and other forms, to imagine how worlds connect. Listen to Kodwo Eshun further entangling our imaginations with ‘Music of Resilience’, recorded on day two of the intervention. For more from …  ( continue reading

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Mbizo Lives On and On…

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On 30 November 2016, PASS hosted a 24hr live broadcast at Chimurenga HQ in Cape Town, paying tribute to healer, musician, composer and painter Johnny Mbizo Dyani (30 November 1945 – 24 October 1986). Mbizo Day featured music written and/or performed by Johnny Dyani, as well as rare interviews with the artist, comments by people who knew and worked with him, and tributes from people inspired by his life. Revisit moments from this dedication via the Pan African Space Station …  ( continue reading

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LIVE ON PASS RADIO

  • PASS presents: FOKN Bois (LIVE at Greatmore Studios)
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