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What Do They Of Cricket Know, Who Only Cricket know?

Zen Marie and Andrew Lamprecht consider seminal writings on cricket in a discussion as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series, on Thursday 16 May at Hiddingh Hall.

Marie and Lamprecht will examine two books about cricket written over a century apart and very different in intent, style and content, yet in a peculiar way tied together by the narratives and realities of colonialism, class, and agency.

K.S. Ranjitsinhji’s The Jubilee Book of Cricket (1897) and Herschelle
Gibbs’s To the Point (2010) form the basis of their investigation. The
former is a homage to the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, the ‘Empress of India’, and the noble sport of cricket. It was written by Ranjitsinhji, an Indian prince who played for the English national team, becoming the first ‘non-indegene’ to represent a nation in sport. The latter book, a ‘ghost written’ autobiography, describes a contemporary South African figure who perhaps needs less introduction, having achieved as many accolades as he as courted controversy.

Their presentation will take the form of an exchange of readings and ideas that will seek to go beyond the boundary that cricketing literature conventionally occupies. The cross-readings will tease out connections and contradictions inherent in the form of cricket – and beyond over the hundred years that separate the two books.

The discussion will be framed by the work of C.L.R. James – influential Tinidadian-born social theorist, political activist, historian and journalist. James’s Beyond a Boundary, first published 50 years ago and still considered a seminal work on cricket, asks in the Preface: “What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?”, taking up the challenge of commenting on the game in social, historical and autobiographical contexts.

Zen Marie lectures at the WITS School of Arts, where he tutors senior undergraduate students and supervises Masters students. He studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop and thereafter completed a BAFA degree at the University of Cape Town. Alongside this artistic training, Marie went on to pursue two post-graduate studies: a two year studio residency at de-ateliers in Amsterdam,
and a Masters degree at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, based at the University of Amsterdam. Marie works on projects and exhibtions, both locally and abroad, that use performance, installation and writing to explore a range of ideas relating to city and nation.

Andrew Lamprecht is a Senior Lecturer in at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. He is well-known as a writer, critic and curator, with a special interest in Contemporary South African Art and the intersection of history and art practice. Lamprecht serves on a number of committees and boards, including the ISANG Acquisitions Committee, SARAH Advisory Committee and as a Commissioner for Freedom of Expression for the Paris-based, UNESCO-affiliated International Association of Art Critics (AICA). As a curator, he has curated three exhibitions for Iziko, most recently, Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter.

Great Texts lectures will take place on Thursdays for the month of May. This lecture will take place on Thursday 16 May 2013 at 17:30 at Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town; and is free. Refreshments will be served from 17:00; no booking is necessary. For more
information on the Great Texts series, please contact 021 480 7156 or fin-gipca@uct.ac.za.

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Iron Man 3 Smahes In At Number One

With records already broken, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 smashed in at No.1 at the
South African Box Office this past weekend and has become the biggest 5-day opening weekend in history. The film hauled in a massive R13 394 393,00 from Wednesday 1 May through Sunday 5 May, including its R4 169 844,00 taking on Workers Day last week – which is the biggest opening and single day on record.

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Audiences across the world also flocked to cinemas to see Robert Downey nr’s third outing as the iconic Marvel superhero, including the United States where it opened with a whopping $175.3 million according to studio estimates, giving it the second biggest opening weekend of all time, after 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers. Globally, Iron Man 3‘s Box Office takings have sky-rocketed to reach over $680 million.

Following the superhero mash-up of a lifetime, Marvel’s The Avengers, fans were clamouring to see what had become of Tony Stark after he, together with The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, The Black Widow and Thor, saved the world from alien invasion. Fans can look forward to more superhero action as Thor: The Dark World releases on 8 November 2013, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy releasing in 2014. 2015 welcomes The Avengers 2. There is certainly much more to come from the Marvel stable!

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is currently open country-wide and is available in 3D in
select cinemas.

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Robert Downey Jr. returns as super rich playboy Tony Stark in the latest Iron Man, releasing 3 May in South Africa.

The latest incarnation of the Marvel Comics superhero film moves away from the previous two Iron Man movies, adding a touch of darkness and inner-turmoil to the character of Tony Stark; he’s more vulnerable, has to shy away from his nonchalant antics, and dig deep to defeat his latest foe.

The final battle is epic, with a tour-de-force of special effects, and a few surprising additions. It’s great to see Gweneth Paltrow gaining some toughness in this scene too.

Several references are made to the previous movies in the Averngers line-up, including The Avengers. Although not a total must, it does help to have seen these in order to follow some of these plot points.

Iron Man 3 provides some great escapism from our daily lives, impressing with the contants special effects. Go see it.

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South African Film WIns Three US Film Festivals

The Forgotten Kingdom, produced by Cape Town based ZenHQ Films and Johannesburg based Binary Film Works in partnership with Black Kettle Films and Strongman in New York, has won the Audience Award for Best Film at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Florida and Sarasota Film Festivals. The film has also been selected into competition at the Seattle International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the Durban International Film Festival in July.

Written and directed by Andrew Mudge, The Forgotten Kingdom follows the story of Atang, an angry young man who leaves the hustle of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father. The film stars Zenzo Ngqobe (Rhythm City, Tsotsi), Nozipho Nkelemba (Rhythm City, Plein Street), and South Africa’s legendary actor Jerry Mofokeng. It marks the first feature film for Binary Film Works, who was brought into the production by ZenHQ Films.

The Forgotten Kingdom is the first feature film to be shot in and about Lesotho, and is being sold internationally through The Little Film Company, and in South Africa through My Movies Sales.

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New Artists Announced For 55th La Biennale di Venezia

The Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival
recently announced the initial line-up of artists for La Biennale di Venezia which opens at the end of May in Venice.

There have been some additional artists that have been added to
the impressive original list that will now form part of the 2013 South African Pavilion at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is entitled Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive.

Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx and Philip Miller recall The Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, through the creation of an installation of seven films with audio; using the source material from their theatre production Rewind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony.

James Webb will translate and transform T.Rex’s 1972 glam rock hit,
Children of the Revolution into a South African protest song for
choir.

Zanele Muholi has recently made headlines for winning the international Freedom of Expression Index Award in cknowledgment
of the significance of her work in the field of black queer visibility. She will exhibit the entire archive to date, of her seminal Faces and Phases.

In addition to the exhibition mounted on the first level of the
Sale D’Armi in the iconic Arsenale; Venetian authorities have granted permission for an exciting series of public performances to take place within public spaces of the city. Athi-Patra Ruga, Donna Kukama, Kemang wa Lehulere and Nelisiwe Xaba will each interrogate, in some way, the critical concerns of contemporary
archival practice. Kukama and wa Lehulere will adapt existing work specifically for the occasion of the Biennale. Ruga will present his latest incantation of The White Women of Azania, with 4 performers sourced from Venice; and Xaba will perform an extention of her Saartjie Baartman project, entitled Venus in Venice.

Exhibition curator Brenton Maart says “We are pleased to have
finalised the list of artists, and the addition of important photography, multi-media installations and performances will help South African cultural production within these three significant developments in international contemporary art”.

The full list of South African artists taking part includes Andrew
Putter, Athi-Patra Ruga, Cameron Platter, David Koloane, Donna Kukama, Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx, Philip Miller, James Webb, Joanne Bloch, Johannes Phokela, Kemang wa Lehulere, Nelisiwe Xaba, Penny Siopis, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson, Wim Botha and Zanele Muholi.

The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice
from 1 June to 24 November 2013, and the South African Pavilion is curated this year by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. The title chosen by Exhibition Director Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th Biennale is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopaedic Palace.