The entire process around the construction of the
Imbenge-dreamhouse has thus far been documented on digital
It is planned to turn this documentation into a 12-15-minute
film which will accompany the exhibition, as well as a DVD which
will be an insert to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition.
The DVD/VHS video can also be used individually for education
purposes to explain IMBENGE art and craft in general, as well as
the DREAM HOUSE in particular. Furthermore, the DVD can be used for
informative purposes and extracts thereof for broadcast purposes,
to publicise the exhibitions etc.
The vibrant 12-15-minute film will contain the following
aspects, which have already been shot:
- The creation and construction of the IMBENGE DREAM HOUSE, both
in Munich and in Durban.
- Statements and explanations by the various artists as they are
working on their respective frames, as well as further extensive
background interviews with the various artists.
- The inter-cultural communication arising out of this
- Interview with Dr. Stefan Eisenhofer, the curator of the Africa
Section of the Völkerkunde Museum in Munich, which is hosting
the first exhibition of this project and was involved in its
conceptualisation. Dr. Stefan Eisenhofer was able to give us an
international perspective on this very unique South African art and
- Interview with Paul Mikula, who has the largest private
collection of African arts and crafts in South Africa, traditional
and modern, made available to the public in the Phansi Museum, and
who was able to give us historical insights into the development of
IMBENGE as an art form.
- Apart from showing contemporary IMBENGE art as it is produced
today in South Africa, we have an interview with Marisa Fick
Jordaan, who has supported modern IMBENGE artists in the Kwa Zulu
Natal region in the last 10 years and is bringing out an
international publication on telephone wire art.
- Documentation of the original weaving style employed in the
traditional IMBENGE beer pot covers, shot on location in a Zulu
community in rural KwaZulu-Natal.
- Interview with Percy Molefe, Director of International
Relations in the South African Ministry of Culture, on the
importance of such inter-cultural art projects as the IMBENGE DREAM
- BROKEN TELEPHONE. An exercise in international communication
between the various artists involved in the project with hilarious
German Kral Filmproduktion
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