A project by Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler
“Hemelliggaam (Afrikaans for heavenly body) or The Attempt To Be Here Now” is a visual archive, composed of photographs, video, installations, text and sounds, that constantly moves between the reality of significant scientific sites and the imaginative fragments of old Afrikaans science fiction novels, with particular reference to one of the most existential and emblematic writers, Jan Rabie (with his books Swart Ster oor die Karoo (Black Star over the
Karoo) 1957, Die Groen Planeet (The Green Planet) 1961, and Die Hemelblom (The Heaven Flower) 1971).
“To look down, is to look up.” A selection from the “Hemelliggaam” archive is initiated by work from the Tswaing Crater and mining areas in Johannesburg. “The Hole” exhibition is a sitespecific installation at the Pretoria Art Museum.
Something archaic radiates from the local community in connection with their science and technology needs. This project explores this concept by looking at forms of awareness that are already active and cultivating more awareness through conversations, participation and reflection.
“Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now” follows a deeply existential line where the human beings (both the old and contemporary), through their own perception of the universe, are strongly connected with nature and the way it reveals itself.
Tommaso Fiscaletti was born in Cattolica in 1981. He grew up in Pesaro. He currently lives between Cape Town and Milan. He began working in a photographic studio in 2001 and travelled through North Africa and Eastern Europe, which allowed him to complete a number of reportage photographic projects.
Nic Grobler was born in Pretoria in 1979 and currently lives in Cape Town. Nic is a designer, animator and visual artist. His studies at the University of Pretoria in Information Design led him into the broadcast design field. His commercial work covers a broad range of artistic disciplines and he has contributed to award-winning local and international projects.
“There are legends, nobody will go there at night. It’s called the hills of the spirits.” (Tom Learmont, Science-fiction writer – In reference to the Tswaing Crater)
For more information, visit tshwane.gov.za, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +27 (0)12 358 6750.