Video Art by Nadine Hutton

  1. nightwatch is a series of stolen pictures about the streets of Jo'burg and it's buildings.

    All shot on a digital stills camera, the video is a stop action animation of these stills.Documenting what happens at night, when town becomes deserted by the visitors of the daylight. These daylight denizens who sometimes come trawling back in slow moving cars to view and perhaps sample the wares available on the street.

    Cold steel women greet them with a cajoling yell of “hey sweetie”, then turn around and flash some ass. Mostly cellophaned in tight pants. But sometimes the ass is bare, chicken fleshed by the cold. So some, knowing what they want, having a familiarity with the corner, stop and a woman will saunter over and chat in that age old tradition, since the invention of the Ford, leaning over an open car window and negotiate the price. She may if it is to her liking, get in and drive away to get him off.

    There are the all night hawkers, there to provide food sustenance to the night citizens. Not making much sale as conversation and play.

    Zooming in and zooming out, a quick hop off and the detritus is gone, the garbage men whistling and banging on the truck, not willing to go quietly into that good night.

    Saturday nights God comes back to town, carried in by faithful followers in uniform. Zionists set up shop in an empty schools and for the next 12 hours see the godless time out with praise & worship. Spinning, chanting, whirling dervishlike, steaming up the windows until the sun comes home.

    The public domain of the streets sets the voyeur’s stage, the intersections and uncurtained windows the frames.

    sound by Boris Vukasovic

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  2. How often have your deliberately locked your eyes forward to avoid the person trying to catch your eye at a traffic light? This is their story.

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  3. An exchange project between artists from Bern, Kinshasa and Johannesburg saw them take to the streets of Jozi and reclaim the wealthy northern suburbs. A stop frame animation by Nadine Hutton. Sound by James Happe

    The idea: for a group of artists from each city to come together in each city and develop a dialogue in response to the specific context of each city: Kinshasa-Bern-Johannesburg. Each city presents a particular urban reality and ideology; each features differently on a global scale. The idea was to develop a kind of travelling dialogue, that would arise out of the engagement between the artists, the geographic distances and specific moments in the life of each city. As such the project was open-ended, an experiment. It depended on what the artists brought to the group, what they were looking for and how they would take on the idea of a dialogue.

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  4. A stolen pictures stop frame animation of the young entrepreneurs of De Villiers street, downtown Johannesburg.
    Sound by Warrick Sony/Kalahari Surfers

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  5. Adolphus Mbuyisa leads his group of Swenkas much like he leads his army of newspaper vendors in inner-city Johannesburg, with style and grace and a rigid set of rules. The Fred Astaire of the taxi-rank he is a successful businessman and the owner of over a hundred tailored suits.

    Made as part of Dressed to Kill... Killed to Dress, a dance theatre piece exploring Swenka culture by Robin Orlin with video by Nadine Hutton.

    The swenkas are a small group of Zulu working men which formed in South Africa following the abolishment of Apartheid.

    These well-dressed men are proud and considered to serve as an inspiration to others. On Saturday nights, these men leave their work clothes behind and don highly fashionable quality suits to impress a judge, who is a randomly picked. Traditionally, the prize for the most stylish suit is cash, but on special occasions such as Christmas, the winner may receive a goat or a cow. This traditional fashion show still happens today, but it is unclear as to precisely when it was instigated.

    The men follow certain set values of Swanking, such as physical cleanliness, sobriety and above all self-respect.

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Video Art by Nadine Hutton

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