When ‘ordinary’ people became artists against apartheid

first_img15 August 2014In the 1980s and early 1990s, during a particularly intense phase of the struggle against apartheid, something extraordinary happened in South Africa as hundreds of “ordinary” people interrupted their everyday lives to become artists.Mostly supporters of the anti-apartheid United Democratic Front, these amateur artists of the resistance left behind a plethora of handmade posters, produced anonymously so as to stave off persecution by the security police, and disseminated underground by those who wanted to see change.A collection of these liberation posters, from the Community Arts Project Archive at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), is currently on show as part of the 2014 Open Design Festival at Cape Town City Hall, where Nelson Mandela made his first public speech just hours after his release from prison on 11 February 1990.Curated by Emile Maurice on behalf of the Centre for Humanities Research at UWC, the exhibition celebrates a remarkable grass-roots challenge to the dictates of apartheid, and in particular to the authorities’ attempt to control what could be said, and who could say it, in society under apartheid.According to the centre, these posters, besides their obvious political message, “altered the rhythms and flavour of life in the everyday by bringing colour, vibrancy, texture and beauty to environments of deprivation and sites of political organisation, particularly in working-class areas.“If the strategy of political organisation was to create liberated zones in working-class communities by arresting the control of apartheid authority, what we also effectively now had were spaces of aesthetic liberation.”What the makers of these posters – and other paraphernalia such as banners, buttons and T-shirts – in effect managed to create was “a new class of aesthetic subjects, and a nascent form of ‘visual citizenship’ along the road to political liberation”.The exhibition runs until 23 August at Cape Town City Hall, on the 2nd floor. Entrance is free.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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What A Four Seasons Promotion Tells Us About Businesses And Pinterest

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts This is my board. Within 24 hours of following the instructions, the Four Seasons San Francisco social media manager began offering me sightseeing, dining, and other travel suggestions based on the information I gave about my itinerary and interests. A Promotion Exception, Or A New Era?Danny Denhard, a marketing consultant who specializes in Pinterest, predicts that we’re seeing the beginning of a shift from product giveaways to service offerings.“Because of the visual nature of Pinterest, it’s difficult again to follow up and really interact with the winners of a Pin It To Win It contest,” he said. “The main draw for Four Seasons is the ability to converse with potential clients right there on their own boards.”Denhard hasn’t seen any other company doing service promotions on Pinterest, making Four Seasons an interesting outlier. However, he said this isn’t the company’s first service-oriented promotion on Pinterest. Last year, the company hired wedding planners to discuss Four Seasons hotel weddings to potential brides in Four Seasons Bridal. But like most pioneers, Four Seasons is facing unique issues with its promotion. For one thing, Pin.Pack.Go.’s directions are a bit of a mouthful if you’re not a regular Pinterest user accustomed to commenting, following, and board building. For another, only 70 pinners have signed up for the promotion (out of Four Seasons’ 4,000 plus followers). Perhaps users are still skeptical of a promotion that doesn’t require a purchase.This is probably why Four Seasons isn’t at all concerned about scaling the service, which requires manual assistance from each of its 91 hotels. “If I’m a guest, my time is extremely valuable as well. I don’t think I’d put together a board and engage with a hotel unless I was actually staying with them,” said Gaulin.But even if it does blow up, Foust suggested that even personalized pins don’t require as much labor as we might think, given that each hotel is in charge of just one location. “As far as labor, if they’ve already got a list of pins loaded and ready to go for each location, maybe the labor isn’t too bad,” she said. “I really hope it works for them. I haven’t ever seen anything like this before, but I love it.”Photo by Kevin Dooley on Flickr Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Planning a trip to a major world city? You could hire a travel planner to give you some suggestions. Or you could simply log on to Pinterest.In an unusual gratis service for social media, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts wants to be your concierge via Pinterest. In a promotion called Pin.Pack.Go., a human concierge will give you personalized travel tips. “We’ve been doing this for 50 years, face to face and over the phone,” said Sorya Gaulin, director of global public relations and social media for Four Seasons. “We’ve just extended it to Pinterest now.”It’s just one more interesting way businesses are exploring Pinterest as they figure out how best to capitalize on its big and still fast growing user base.Pinterest As A Business PlatformMany brands have already embraced Pinterest as a new way to make money. Neiman Marcus experimented with offering a handbag you can only buy on Pinterest. J Crew released an entire catalog the same way. Numerous brands have used Pin It To Win It contests as a way to drum up business through a giveaway.Pinterest began offering business accounts in November of last year, and many of the account tools are still in their infancy. Pinterest’s own suggestions for businesses focus on the basics of curation. As a result, there’s really no precedent for the experimental ways businesses like Four Seasons are harnessing Pinterest. According to Pinterest power user Sonja Foust of Pintester, Four Seasons isn’t just trying something we haven’t seen, but targeting a different group than a contest would. “There’s a lot of potential for reaching an audience they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to reach, since they’re pinning to a shared board that the traveler’s network will see,” she said. Here’s how it works: you leave a comment on this Four Seasons pin with the city you’re interested in visiting. Provided it’s one of the cities where one of Four Seasons’ 91 hotels is located, the hotel in that city will begin following you on Pinterest. Invite your new follower to a board titled “Pin.Pack.Go.” and watch the personalized suggestions roll in. You don’t have to buy anything, or even prove you’ll be staying at a Four Seasons.  lauren orsini Tags:#Pinterest#social media Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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Beau Belga not slowing down despite trade rumors

first_imgLATEST STORIES Garcia addresses trade rumors, says he’s good terms with his players Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next “If they want to trade me, I can’t do anything about it, but as of now, I’m with Rain or Shine and I need to play well for them.”Belga, along with Jericho Cruz and Raymond Almazan, are in the middle of trade rumors supposedly stemming from their disconnect over how coach Caloy Garcia is running the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut amid all talks, Belga was at his usual self, finishing with a double-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists in the victory.It was the Sorsogon native’s way of staying professional knowing that as long as he’s wearing a Rain or Shine jersey, he has a responsibility to meet for the tea. “I’m with Rain or Shine as of now and I need to play because the bosses in Rain or Shine are the ones who are providing food for my family,” he said.Belga was the lone player involved in those trade talks who was willing to speak to the media. Jericho Cruz excused himself from the press, while Raymond Almazan quickly left the venue after the game. MOST READ View commentscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBeau Belga maintained that he has no say on whether Rain or Shine decides to trade him or any other player away.“Those things are already beyond our control,” he said in Filipino after the Elasto Painters’ 90-84 victory over Meralco on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

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Football World Cup qualifiers: India ready for UAE, says Chhetri

first_imgThe equation for India is simple: a victory margin of four goals against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a World Cup football qualifying here on Thursday will keep them in the fray, otherwise, the dream for a place in the 2014 finals will stretch by another four years.The task, nonetheless, is as tough as it gets, especially after the 0-3 defeat to the UAE in the away tie last week. As the Indian team gears up for the door-die second leg of the qualifiers at the Ambedkar Stadium, forward Sunil Chhetri believes all is not yet lost, though the goal is tough.”What happened in the UAE was unfortunate. We lost two players (to the red card) within the first 25 minutes and we also conceded two penalties. We played well with nine men and the fact that we conceded only one goal from field-play gives us confidence,” Chhetri said on Tuesday. “We have shrugged off the shock of the defeat and the team is ready for the next match.” Chhetri acknowledged the superiority of their Gulf opponents. “We have to play our best game physically, tactically, technically, as the UAE are far better than us,” he said.India’s shock 2-1 win over Qatar in a friendly prior to the UAE match gives Chhetri inspiration. “Many people said it was a bad decision to play Qatar before the qualifiers as a big loss would deal a blow to our confidence. But we shocked everyone,” he said.Sunil Chhetri is confident that India can come back”It was an inspiring win, one which we cherish. So keeping that in mind, we need to start fresh in the second leg.” The team’s No. 1 goalkeeper Subrata Paul and defender Debabrata Roy were shown red cards in the first leg and will miss Thursday’s match.”Both players were an important part of our team, but their absence also opens the opportunity for two other players to prove their mettle,” Chhetri said.advertisement”Karanjit Singh who came in place for Subrata played a good game. And this is a chance for him. For the last five years, Subrata has been the first choice goalkeeper for India, thanks to his form and fitness. Now, Karanjit has a chance to show his talent.” Though Karanjit is most likely to fill in the shoes of Subrata, Roy’s substitute has yet not been decided.Chhetri is also happy that the match is being played at the Ambedkar Stadium, which has been a lucky venue for India in the last few years. “We won two Nehru Cup tournaments at the Ambedkar Stadium. This has been a lucky ground for us. Hope it remains so this time too,” he said.Chhetri Has a NiggleThe Indian team practiced at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, but Chhetri did not practice with the main team.Though the rest of the players practiced set- piece movements and also a small game among themselves, Chhetri did only physical training and running under physical trainer Suresh Babu.”I have a minor injury in the ankle which I got during the UAE match. It’s nothing major though I did not practice with the team as I didn’t want to take chances,” he said.last_img read more

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Hrithik to don new look for Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjodaro

first_imgHrithik RoshanWhat happens when a film goes back in time to thousands of years? Ask Ashutosh Gowariker, who has decided to create yet another epic movie, Mohenjo-Daro, on the 5,000-year-old city that remains a historical puzzle. A smart choice. The Jodhaa Akbar director won’t face the long arm of the,Hrithik RoshanWhat happens when a film goes back in time to thousands of years? Ask Ashutosh Gowariker, who has decided to create yet another epic movie, Mohenjo-Daro, on the 5,000-year-old city that remains a historical puzzle. A smart choice. The Jodhaa Akbar director won’t face the long arm of the law or people baying for his blood this time around. Here’s what you can expect.What language did they use? No one knows, except that, well, they did not speak Hindi. New research shows their script to be an old version of Tamil.Kareena KapoorGet ready for a very different Hrithik. He will have to sport a beard, if not a shaved upper lip (say historians), long hair (he looks nice in that) held in place by a hairband or in a bun (Mohenjo-Daro men did that a lot) and wear a toga, with one bare shoulder. Weird, but leaves plenty of scope for the Greek God of Bollywood to show off his muscles.Sonakshi SinhaThe Censor Board will be aghast if the film is too close to history. Remember the bronze dancing girl of Mohenjo-Daro? She had bangles all the way up one arm and nothing else on. Women in those days mostly went around naked or in tiny skirts.Expect a Bond girl moment at the Great Bath of Mohenjo-Daro, the world’s first swimming pool, with a skimpily clad heroine stepping out of the water and breaking into a song.Priyanka ChopraBut who will be the heroine? A cat fight is on between three beauties-Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Sonakshi Sinha-for the plum role. Check out some ancient figurines. Who do you think has the best chance?advertisementlast_img read more

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