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PASS landing at National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

From 9 – 12 November, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed in The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in the centre of Harare.

In collaboration with visual artist Kudzanai Chiurai, who launched his first ever solo exhibition in his home country titled ‘We Need New Names’, Chimurenga installed the PASS studio as a public research platform towards a Zimbabwe focused issue of the Chimurenga Chronic.

Looking into the inventions of Zimbabwe, the programming examined music as the paradigm through which the country and region’s political history is told and archived. Whatever Zimbabwe is, and is becoming, already existed in the sound-worlds produced in the region. PASS in Harare invited musicians, artists, writers, cultural producers and rebels based in Harare and beyond in studio to uncover these worlds, including:

Dwayne Kapula is a Zimbabwean DJ and vinyl archivist based in Johannesburg.

Irene Staunton and Njabu Mbono are publishers at the Zimbabwean publishing house Weaver Press.

Joyce Jenje is a Zimbabwean writer and ethnomusicologist.

The Monkey Nuts are an experimental music performance and production collective.

Netsayi Chigwendere is a Zimbabwean composer and vocalist.

Robert Machiri is a music researcher and archivist based in Johannesburg.

Rumbi Katedza is a Zimbabwean filmmaker and radio producer based in Harare.

Sbu ‘The General’ Nxumalo is a writer and artist based in Johannesburg.

Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a writer and editor based in Harare.

Tinofireyi Zhou (aka Aero5ol) is an artist and poet based in Harare.

Virginia Phiri is Zimbabwean musician from the iconic Zim-rock group Wells Fargo

and many more.

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PASS in Mexico: Champeta Punk

                  Champeta Punk will be residents of the Pan African Space Station LIVE from Mexico City from 31 October – 5 November (no broadcast on Wednesday 1 November due to Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead), everyday from 16:00 – 20:00 (CDT). Tune in via www.panafricanspacestation.org.za Champeta Punk is a party collective based in Mexico City and Bogotá. Started in 2013 by two Colombians living in Mexico City, David Rincon and Fabian Vega, the …  ( continue reading

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FEMALE EJACULATION WORKSHOP – Live on PASS

(read Spanish version below) with Diana J. Torres aka Pornoterrorista and guests, and with sound manipulations by Constanza Piña THU Oct 19, 21:30 local time Mexico City For centuries medical science has been the enemy of of the body and sexuality of women, silencing anatomic realities and pathologizing everything that doesn’t fit in the phallocratic and heteronormative, binary division of gender roles. This workshop aims at revealing one of the most controversial aspects of vaginas: their ejaculation. And at the …  ( continue reading

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Listening to PASS in Cairo

Revisit recorded sessions from the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landing at the library of Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Over four days, PASS in Cairo became an improvisational platform for research and deeper explorations into imagined and imaginary borders, featuring live readings, performances and conversations with Chimurenga collaborators in the city. Featured is Hassan Khan, joined in conversation with cultural entrepreneur Yasmine Allam and cartoonist Andeel, on his sci-fi novella ‘Twelve Clues’, as well as a …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at CiC Library, Cairo

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 more. Recorded sessions from the landing are available for replay via PASS on Mixcloud.  ( continue reading

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Revisit moments from the PASS landing in Amsterdam

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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PASS landing at OBA Central Library, Amsterdam

From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed in Amsterdam, transmitting live from the OBA Central Library.  The PASS live studio featured a 5-day programme as an experiment in speaking, listening, playing, partying and community; as a performance and exhibition space; a research platform and living archive. Programmed and performed by Chimurenga, PASS in Amsterdam featured collaborations with artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; to prompt …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at Freedom Park, Lagos

From 23 – 26 June 2016, PASS descended on Freedom Park in Lagos, as part of Goethe Institute’s Lagos_Live 2016 festival. The PASS Lagos sessions brought together a broad spectrum of artists, performers, writers and musicians, whose practices draw from a variety of contexts, to participate through conversations, performances and happenings that provoke us to rethink about our histories and to speculate on our futures through artistic and cultural practice.  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at Kallio Library, Helsinki

  Can a past that the present has not yet caught up with be summoned to haunt the present as an alternative? In April and May 2016, Chimurenga’s installation Chimurenga Library and pop-up radio station Pan African Space Station infiltrated the Kallio Library in Helsinki. The intervention was a continuation of Chimurenga’s ongoing exploration into the utopian moment shortly after African independences, when a series of Pan African festivals staged in Dakar, Algiers, Lagos and Kinshasa functioned as laboratories for the development of new, …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at Performa 15 Hub, New York

From 11 to 15 November 2015, the Chimurenga Library hosted PASS with a live broadcasting programme of music, interviews, and events with Chimurenga collaborators in New York, including musicians, journalists, writers, curators, and filmmakers. The live broadcast studio functioned amidst an installation that brought together pop-up stores that experiment with trade, informal economies, aesthetics and body language, music and spoken word, mobility and infrastructure. Working with collaborators such as Brooklyn-based African Record Centre and Yoruba Book Center (established 1971); artist …  ( continue reading

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