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PASS landing in Lisbon

Chimurenga and Hangar presented Radio MAC , a program curated by Sonia Vaz Borges and Monica de Miranda – live on PASS 14-21 June 2021.

Radio MAC is a reimagining of the radio organ of the Anti Colonialist Movement (MAC) founded by students and revolutionaries such as Marcelino dos Santos, Mario de Andrade and Aquino de Braganca in 1957 in Paris, in collaboration with Neto, Cabral and other nationalists in Lisbon.

Programming consisted of eight episodes on the role of radio and more broadly, sound, in the African liberation struggle against Portuguese colonialism, along with stories of migration. The constructed dialogues included music, speech, poetry, and performance.

Participants included: Raquel Lima, Telma Tvon, Carla Fernandes, Marinho Pina, Chalo Correia, Galissa, DJ Lucky, and Victor Gama.

Radio MAC is part of Chimurenga’s ongoing research on the aesthetics and politics of radio in Africa’s liberatory struggles.

[Photograph: Mário Soares Foundation / DAC – Amílcar Cabral Documents]

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Sónia Vaz Borges is an interdisciplinary militant historian and social-political organizer. She is currently a researcher at Humboldt University Berlin in the History of Education Department and is working on the project “Education for all” with a special focus on Mozambique and the FRELIMO liberation movement, and the Sandinistas revolution in Nicaragua.

Mónica de Miranda  is a Portuguese artist of Angolan origin who lives and works between Lisbon and Luanda. Artist and researcher, her work is based on themes of urban archeology and personal geography. She works in an interdisciplinary way with drawing, installation, photography, film, video and sound, in its expanded forms and within the boundaries between fiction and documentary. She co-founded the Hangar project (Artist Residency Centre, Lisbon, 2014).

 


 

Chimurenga and Hangar present Rádio MAC , curated by Sónia Vaz Borges and Mónica de Miranda – Rádio MAC is inspired by the Anti-Colonialist Movement (MAC) founded by students and revolutionaries such as Marcelino dos Santos, Mário de Andrade and Aquino de Bragança , in Paris, in 1957, with the collaboration of Neto, Cabral and other nationalists in Lisbon.

The Radio MAC is a speculative project that rethinks the role of radio in this movement. The program consists of 8 episodes that discuss the role of radio, and more broadly, sound, in the African struggle for liberation from Portuguese colonialism, in parallel with migration stories.

It seeks to build an awareness of past and present struggles and redefine the liberation struggle to a current place and time, through the process of memory, resistance and utopia. At Rádio MAC, the dialogues developed include music, speech, poetry and performance.

Participants include: Raquel Lima, Telma Tvon, Carla Fernandes, Marinho Pina, Chalo Correia, Galissa, DJ Lucky and Victor Gama

The Radio MAC is part of the ongoing research of Chimurenga on aesthetics and radio policy in liberation struggles in Africa.

[Photo: Mário Soares Foundation / DAC – Amílcar Cabral Documents]

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Sónia Vaz Borges is a militant interdisciplinary historian and socio-political organizer. She is currently a researcher at the Humboldt University of Berlin in the Department of History of Education in the “Education for All” project, particularly in Mozambique and the FRELIMO liberation movement, and the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua.

Mónica de Miranda  is a Portuguese artist of Angolan origin who lives and works between Lisbon and Luanda. Artist and researcher, her work is based on themes of urban archeology and personal geographies. He works in an interdisciplinary way with design, installation, photography, film, video and sound, in their expanded forms and on the borders between fiction and documentary. She is one of the founders of the Hangar project (Centre for artistic residencies, Lisbon, 2014).

 

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PASS landing at Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Paris

From 5-9 May 2021, Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed at Lavoir Moderne Parisien in Goutte d’or, Paris, to imagine, re-examine and re-circulate sonic archives of black radicalism in the francophone world. This session dug into the “soundtrack” (bande-son), an underlying container of information and ideas that is seldom explored on its own terms. We departed from cinematic practice, specifically films/filmmakers (Julius-Amedee Laou, Elsie Haas, Med Hondo, Kanor sisters, Sarah Maldoror, etc) represented in the printed archive we had …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

National Theatre, Lagos (during Festac). From ICA mag

From Wednesday, 17 – Saturday, 20 February, 2021, Pan African Space Station (PASS) broadcast a daily session, produced for ‘Actions of Art and Solidarity’, a group exhibition curated by Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) in Oslo and organised with Kunstnernes Hus. These PASS transmissions unpacked and expanded stories and research published in the Festac ’77 book in which we revisited the imaginative (im)possibilities of pan African festivals (the PANAFESTs) that took place in the utopian moments of the post-independence …  ( continue reading

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FESTAC 77: PASS landing at Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York City

From 23-25 October 2019, Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station (PASS) at Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York City, explored three narratives related to the participation of African American artists and intellectuals at FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos in 1977. Wed 23 October 2019, 4pm – 7pm: Sun Ra Arkestra and the jazz avant-garde at FESTAC As revealed in Chimurenga’s recent publication which compiles stories from/about FESTAC, Sun Ra’s Astro/Afro-mysticism was …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at MUMA, Melbourne

From 11-13 April 2019, the Pan African Space Station landed in the stolen and occupied land of the Boonwurrung (of the Kulin nation), in what is known today as Australia. Invited by Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) as part of an exhibition entitled Shapes of Knowledge, PASS explored “Black Australia” historical and current connections to pan Africanism and their participation in FESTAC ’77 – the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture which took place in Lagos in …  ( continue reading

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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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