Aryan Kaganof | 2008 | 12min 55sec. | video | South Africa |
the south african composers dilemma is not found between hofmeyr’s complex mnemonics and blake’s skilled forgetfulness since both are stopgaps for the sake of morale. . the real dilemma of south african composers is to imagine that they can graft themselves onto a canon of their choosing. south african painting or literature do have canons- highly and appropriately contested but undeniably encountered by every would be artist or writer. the same cannot be said for south african music. . what commonsense doesnt realize is that a canon without content exerts more of an oppressive hold on everybody’s provenance than even one filled with unassailable giants. the south african preoccupation with the archive is just a diversion and stopgap for the failure to indigenise the canon. future critics will have no difficulty seeing present day composers as acting out the absent canon via their own works. until someone is bold enough to point to the inescapable south african music and with that discover or invent strong precursors our music will do little more than mime the absence of its past.
Jean Pierre de la Porte
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JP de la Porte
A Launch of MBED 001
B Rec. 26 November 2008, AHI House, Rivonia, Johannesburg