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Pan African Space Station live broadcast from MUMA

Thursday 11 April 2019, 3–8pm
Friday 12 April 2019, 3–8pm
Saturday 13 April 2019, 12–5pm
Free entry

An initiative of the Cape Town–based collective, Chimurenga, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a live radio studio and innovative platform for free ideas and political reflection about Africa by Africans.

During Shapes of Knowledge, PASS touched down in Melbourne from 11–13 April 2019.

In collaboration with artists, activists and cultural workers based in the city, PASS studied, among other histories, Australia’s participation in The Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC), which took place in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. Using their studio as a capsule for further entanglement, and FESTAC as a lens through which to locate and imagine new conversations around black internationalism, they assembled historical fragments of the region’s interaction with the African continent as means to acknowledge its relevance today.

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

Listen live to PASS Radio

In Melbourne, PASS featured:

A daily show by Sista Zai Zanda exploring different perspectives on community making in Australia for Africans, in collaboration with Naomi VelaphiZiimusic and N’fa Jones.

Rapper and vocalist Lady Lash performing live in the studio.

Pioneering Aboriginal reggae artist Bart Willoughby performing live in the studio.

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

An installation of publications by multidisciplinary artist Torika Bolatagici, as part of her ongoing library project The Community Reading Room.

A daily show by Stani Goma, 'Music of the Black Struggle in Australia', in collaboration with Jason Tamiru and Gary Murray.

Chimurenga, a pan-African platform of writing, art and politics, was founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002. Drawing together a myriad of voices from across Africa and the diaspora, Chimurenga’s outputs include a journal of culture, art and politics of the same name (Chimurenga Magazine); a quarterly broadsheet called The Chronic; the Chimurenga Library—an online resource of collected independent pan-African periodicals and personal books; the African Cities Reader—a biennial publication of urban life, Africa-style; and the Pan African Space Station.

The aim of these projects is not just to produce new knowledge but rather to express the intensities of our world, to capture those forces and to take action. This requires a stretching of the boundaries, for unless the form and content of what exists is challenged then the original colonised form is merely reproduced. Chimurenga proposes not only a new set of questions but also its own set of tools; new practices and methodologies that allow them to engage the lines of flight, of fragility, the precariousness, as well as joy, creativity and beauty that defines contemporary African life.

Chimurenga participated in Shapes of Knowledge at Monash University Museum of Art, 9 February – 13 April 2019.

Image: Pan African Space Station (PASS), Ade Bantu live at Freedom Park, Lagos, 2016. Photo: Lanre Orisunmibare