Created by Theresa Collins & Mocke J van Veuren 2010
In minutes 2010: time | bodies | rhythm | johannesburg, time lapse sequences shot at various public locations in Johannesburg blend into hybrid spaces. The locations include underwater shoots at public swimming pools over periods of 24 hours, similar studies of the Bree Street taxi rank, other public spaces such as libraries and dance studios, as well as impressionistic studies of moments such as rain beating on a car windshield. These spaces interpenetrate and blend in the film, creating hybrid spaces: an underwater taxi rank with swimmers darting across the ceiling, the legs of swimmers tangling in the branches of a Jacaranda tree during a summer storm, and giant ballroom dancers stepping through the taxi rank at the end of a commuting day. In this film we have explored the poetic possibilities of these hybrid, polyrhythmic spaces, moving into the realm of dream images rather than the sometimes harsh documentary studies from which the material is drawn. Still, the film is not without it tensions – to dream about Johannesburg will always be to an extent disquieting. The interweaving of the rhythms of work and leisure time, as well as the underlying currents of class and race tensions within Johannesburg that are absorbed by the camera, emerge as a questioning of the complex multiplicities of daily life experience in this often brutal city.