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The Chimurenga Library at The Showroom, London.

For our first UK presentation, Chimurenga will infiltrate The Showroom’s building in the form of The Chimurenga Library, collaborating with The Otolith Collective to insert our worlds into the existing frameworks, functions and structures of the space without displacing its everyday activities.

For the first week The Chimurenga Library will play host to PASS with a live broadcasting programme with Chimurenga collaborators in London including musicians, journalists, writers, curators and filmmakers. The live broadcast studio will function amidst a major cartographic installation, mapping a series of ‘routes’ running throughout the building and the two floors.

These taped routes will link ideas with people, writing, research, music, publications, record cover design and other materials. Other events will take place off-site in different venues, extending these ‘routes’ still further. After the live broadcast studio closes, the sounds and images generated in this process will live on as part of the library installation until the show closes.

Areas of interest will include the work of photographer George Hallett – who used the book jacket and record sleeve as a curated exhibition space during the apartheid era; a critical look at the concept of and crude distinction drawn between Sub-Saharan and Arab Africa; and FESTAC ’77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture held in Lagos from 15 January to 12 February 1977.

Working with many UK collaborators such as the London-based collective Sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, ideas, thinking and debate will move fluidly between events, environments, broadcasts, music and sound recordings, publications, archive material and objects.

Bringing together existing work, research material and areas of interest whilst at the same time expanding focal points, the project represents a moment of activation, interaction and expansion within a mobile and complex network of geographical and organisational contexts.

Participants in the PASS programme include: Agency for Agency, The Otolith Collective, Christine Eyene, Shabaka Hutchings, Dego (2000 Black), Pass Me the Microphone (Amanprit Sandhu and Hansi Momodu-Gordon), Sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, Larry Achiampong, John Akomfrah, Phoebe Boswell, Paul Bradshaw, Ekow Eshun, Ros Gray, Henriette Gunkel, Ayesha Hameed, Anthony Joseph, Michael McMillan, Christian Nyampeta, James Currey, George Shire, Tom Skinner and Matthew Temple.

For profiles of the PASS guests, a daily overview of what’s to come and to hear the live stream tune in to http://panafricanspacestation.org.za

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