UK & South African artists join Vital Capacities for August

August 2022 • Vital Capacities

Artists from upper left image clockwise: Amaqhawekazi Emafini Malamlela, Hamza Mohammed Beg, Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley and Kin (Cultura Plasmic INC).

For the seventh Vital Capacities‘ residency, we partner with East Street Arts (Leeds), Institute for Creative Arts (Cape Town) and Wysing Art Centre (Cambridge) to work with artists from both South Africa and the UK. From 1 August, artists Amaqhawekazi Emafini Malamlela, Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley, Hamza Mohammed Beg and Kin (Cultura Plasmic INC) will join Vital Capacities, to undertake research and develop new work. Working with our partners, they will explore and exchange new ideas using their studio spaces, and create new work throughout the residency.

The artists for August 2022’s residency are:

Amaqhawekazi Emafini Miza (SA) is a Ghanaian-South African multidisciplinary artist. They create artwork that provokes the standards of identity, sexuality and spirituality. Their work centres on getting to grips with what is “present”. They engage Space-Time through multidisciplinary art making. Kofi advocates for under-represented groups through their art. They founded Pyramidkofi: An art-house committed to collaborative art-making in Africa. 

Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley (UK) – I CREATE WORK THAT SEEKS TO ARCHIVE BLACK TRANS EXPERIENCE. I USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMAGINE OUR LIVES IN ENVIRONMENTS THAT CENTRE OUR BODIES…
THOSE LIVING, THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AND THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN

Hamza Mohammed Beg (UK) is a London-born Muslim artist, activist and researcher. Over the years his work has employed performance, sound design, video collage, digital design and poetry. Between performances in galleries and museums, bars and cafes; his artistic work and life traverses both high cultural institutions and highly localised artist run collectives. Hamza is a brown, able-bodied, male-conditioned, postcolonial body with roots in Pakistan, Mauritius, India, Britain and Germany. He is a mediocre but enthusiastic football player.

Kin (Cultura Plasmic INC) (UK) is a multi-pseudonymous artist and essayist from Newcastle upon Tyne. Often working with moving image, sound, installation, digital technologies and sensors, she critiques the monopolising forces of big tech and the relationship between surveillance and communication technologies. Her work often draws upon ecological imagery and metaphor to explore power dynamics within the digital landscape.

Residencies will launch on 1 August – to follow what the artists are up to join the mailing list and follow them on: vitalcapacities.com

August’s residency programme is delivered in partnership with East Street Arts, Institute for Creative Arts and Wysing Art Centre, with support from Arts Council England.

 

Vital Capacities is an accessible, purpose-built digital residency space, that supports artists’ practice while engaging audiences with their work.

Vital Capacities has been created by videoclub in consultation with artists, digital inclusion specialist Sarah Pickthall and website designer Oli Pyle.