Press: LIVE ARKIVE... from Windhoek to Cape Town

September 18, 2017

LIVE ARKIVE is an exchange between independent performance artists based in Cape Town and Windhoek, taking place in both cities during October 2017. The project seeks to explore what is invisible in the archive, playing with different forms of documentation and liveness through interdisciplinary practices. Sound, performance and the printed word unravel and reveal an imagined past and invented future.


The project will begin with a public talk and preview on 2 October as part of the John Muafangejo Season at John Muafangejo Art Centre in Windhoek, followed by a performance in the Pashuka Multipurpose Venue at the National Art Gallery of Namibia on 6 October. An installation will remain in the space for the duration of the 2017 Bank Windhoek Triennial. The project will then be echoed in Cape Town from 10 to 12 October at Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Observatory, including public talks and performances.

LIVE ARKIVE comes from a desire to stimulate discussion around documenting and archiving performance in Southern Africa by cultivating networks between performing artists across the region. The project seeks to propose new relationships between live performance and the archive, offering alternate access points into the past and developing experimental archiving practices for the future.


The project is conceptualized and performed by Ndinomholo Ndilula and Lavinia Kapewasha (Namibia) and Coila-Leah Enderstein and Nicola van Straaten (South Africa) in partnership with the National Art Gallery of Namibia and Any Body Zine. LIVE ARKIVE is supported by an ANT Funding Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), as well as by the Goethe-Institut Namibia and the John Muafangejo Art Centre in Windhoek.


2 October | 18h00

John Muafangejo Art Centre, Windhoek - talk and preview

6 October | 18h00

National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek - performance and installation

10 - 12 October | 18h00

Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Cape Town - talk and performance


All performances free of charge


More information:

Instagram: @livearkive | Facebook: Live Arkive 2017



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