Ultracontemporary

By nielsbonde, 20th May 2016

Sixth Extinction.

Video 6:01 min. 2016.

A slow pan over more than one hundred trophies adorning the walls of Johannesburg’s iconic Zebra Bar, with a soundtrack of a mix of the night sounds in Jeppestown, where the infamous (No Guns Allowed!!) strip club Fox’s Den’s drunken costumers provides the background chatter as they stumble out into the night, mixed with the faint echo of The Tokens version of the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1961). Originally a song Mbube (which in zulu means Lion) by Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds (1939) or better know in Miriam Makeba’s version (1960). The latest of legal right issues was resolved in 2010 between Solomon Linda’s heirs and Disney from the use of the song in Lion King. The trophy hunting proofs provides a sad look a gone days, as the Zebra Bars sympathetic austrian owner Swazi gives a guided tour of the trophies, shot and collected by himself from the 1960’s.

 

These are not my balls.
Podium, two soccer balls. 2016.

The artwork is a metaphor for the importance of basic rules for respectful interaction. The ball and the game is framed by a set of rules, that gives people with the most extreme differences in personal backgrounds a possibility to interact together, to play together, on equal terms, and allows for friendly communication. Which we need now, as much as we have ever needed it.

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Status Antennae. 2016.

Extrudable metal objects with plastic handle (made in China early 3 th millenium AC, found near Collosseum Rome)

The objects are to be used in the rituals of the Selfie Cult. The Selfie Cult acolytes would at all times be carrying a Status Antennae, and the objects function is believed to catch and thus improve the users’ status by moving it around in circles.

(Illustration: World map outline)

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Part of Thierry Geoffroy’s ongoing exhibition project Emergency Room – here in MOAD, Johannesburg.