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PASS landing at MUMA, Melbourne

From 11-13 April 2019, the Pan African Space Station will land at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) as part of an exhibition entitled Shapes of Knowledge.

PASS in Melbourne will be centred around the Australasian region’s participation (through ‘Black Australia’ and Papua New Guinea) in The Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC77) which took place in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977.

Using the event of Black Australia’s participation at FESTAC as a lens through which to locate and imagine new conversations around black internationalism, we hope to assemble historical fragments of the regions interaction with the African continent as means to acknowledge it’s relevance today.

PASS will function as a radio studio, a meeting place and an exhibition space to investigate this query through visual content, as well as conversations and performances with activists and artists working in the city.

Sista Zai Zanda will present a daily show on PASS which will explore different perspectives on community making in Australia for Africans, in collaboration with Naomi Velaphi, Ziimusic and N’fa Jones.

Rapper and vocalist Lady Lash will perform live in studio.

Pioneering Aboriginal reggae artist Bart Willoughby will perform live in studio.

Composer, singer, trumpeter Olugbade Okunade will perform live in studio, featuring musician and producer Enoch Ogiemwanre.

Multidisciplinary artist Torika Bolatagici will install a selection of publications in the studio, as part of her ongoing library project The Community Reading Room.

Stani Goma will present a daily show on PASS, “Music of the Black Struggle in Australia”, in collaboration with Jason Tamiru and Gary Murray.

PASS will broadcast live from MUMA:

  • Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April from 15:00-20:00 (AEST)
  • Saturday 13 April from 12:00 – 17:00 (AEST)

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PASS landing at La Colonie, Paris

  Chimurenga returned to Paris for a 5-day intervention and installation at La Colonie. From December 13 – 17, 2017, we installed a live radio station and a research library, and hosted talks, screenings and performances that asked ‘Who Killed Kabila?’, as the starting point for an in-depth investigation into power, territory and the creative imagination. The equation was simple: the length of a Congolese president’s reign is proportional to his/her willingness to honour the principle that the resources of …  ( continue reading

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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 …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

From 4 October – 26 November 2017, the Pan African Space Station (PASS)  broadcast LIVE from Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. For 8 weeks, the PASS studio functioned as “ecole du soir” (evening school) – a meeting place, a classroom, and laboratory where different worlds converged. The radio programming explored the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, contemporary South Atlantic exchanges and Afro-Mexican cultures – a public research platform toward a forthcoming edition of the Chimurenga Chronic on these themes. It also served 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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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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PASS landing at The Showroom, London

In the first week of October 2015, PASS presented a live broadcasting programme of music, interviews and events with Chimurenga collaborators in London including musicians, journalists, writers, curators and filmmakers. Participants included Chimurenga (Ntone Edjabe, Graeme Arendse and Ben Verghese), The Otolith Collective (Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar), Sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (Mahamed Abdullahi, Nadeem Din-Gabisi, Deborah Findlater, Laurél Hadleigh, Jacob V Joyce, Rabz Lansiquot, Nyasha Mangera-Lakew, Anni Movsisyan, Yusuf Musse, Salina Popova and Imani Robinson) and Pass Me the Microphone (Amanprit Sandhu and Hansi …  ( continue reading

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