Moving Cube Launch :: The Blind Alphabet Letter B: Babery to Bigeminate

Join us for the virtual launch of MOVING CUBE, the online platform of the UJ Art Gallery featuring a fresh approach to Willem Boshoff’s The Blind Alphabet – Letter B: Babery to Bigeminate (1993), on Wednesday 4 November 2020 at 18:00.

The enduring relationship between MTN SA Foundation and UJ Art Gallery has brought public exhibition programmes with works from their respective art collections to the South African arts landscape since 2008. The offering for 2020 widens the scope of Boshoff’s Blind Alphabet project by including a digital experience promoted as part of MTN and UJ’s venture into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) age.

This online documentary project, curated by Annali Cabano-Dempsey, Curator of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Art Collection, and Niel Nortje, Manager of the MTN Art Collection, introduces comprehensive video and photographic documentation of the body of work, interviews with the artist as well as music composed by Jaco Meyer for each of the forty sculptures.

The overall winner of the Emerging Artists Development Programme, part of three development programmes inherent to the MTN/UJ collaboration, will be announced at this event.

Kindly RSVP by 2 November 2020.

About the Blind Alphabet – Letter B: Babery to Bigeminate

Boshoff’s The Blind Alphabet is an ongoing project transcribing a myriad of complex words into tangible objects to be experienced by the visually impaired and translated to the sighted.

After noting comments on the outdated nature of the Braille type format, the forty works of the letter B within Boshoff’s The Blind Alphabet now enter the digital age.

This body of work has been augmented by music, written by classical contemporary composer, Jaco Meyer. The visually impaired will eventually have access to the works through cellular technology linked to QR codes on the physical sculptures– being able to listen to the music and rationale behind each artwork through earphones.

• This project in its online form and an exhibition, to be hosted by the UJ Art Gallery in real space and time during 2021, was made possible by a generous sponsorship from the MTN SA Foundation and a supporting grant by Business Art South Africa (BASA).