/ PAST Exhibitions
27 July 2015 to 5 August 2015
Afrikaans poetry got a particularly ingenious boost with the launch of Filmverse, a poetry-animation project that the ATKV took on in collaboration with Diek Grobler and Fopspeen Moving Pictures. This project, a DVD with 12 animated poems, was launched with an exhibition at the Clover Aardklop National Art Festival in Potchefstroom in October 2014.
The aim with Filmverse was to give learners a useful tool to unlock Afrikaans poems and at the same time to facilitate teachers in their teaching task. Simultaneously, Filmverse would also like to promote the animation industry in South Africa.
The twelve selected Afrikaans poems cover a wide range of poets, from NP Van Wyk Louw to Ronelda Kamfer. For each of the 12 poems there was an animation artist appointed, in some cases more than one, after Grobler invited animators on social media inter alia to get involved in this project.
The poems and animators are ‘Vroegherfs’ (NP Van Wyk Louw) by Wessel and Jac Hamman; ‘Bitterbessie dagbreek’ (Ingrid Jonker) by Roger and Dewald van der Merwe; ‘Finis’ (Lina Spies) by Michele Nigrini; ‘Jy vra my hoe my eerste soen was’ (Danie Marais) by katty vandenberghe, Anni Snyman and Eugenie Grobler; ‘Belydenis van ’n studentedigter’ (Loftus Marais) by Rudolph Boonzaaier; ‘Visioen van ’n lessenaar’ (Antjie Krog) by Sunieda Kelber and Fabian Wargau; ‘Die skedel lag al huil die gesig’ (Wilma Stockenström) by Crowther Lindeque; ‘What abou' de lô’ (Adam Small) by Charles Badenhorst; ‘Last Grave at Dimbaza’ (Fanie Olivier) by Stefanie de Beer; ‘’n Gewone blou Maandagoggend’ (Ronelda Kamfer) by Naomi van Niekerk and Arnaud van Vliet; ‘Timotei Sjampoo’ (Gert Vlok Nel) by Janhendrik Burger and Berdene du Toit; and ‘Ek sal sterf en na my vader gaan’ (Breyten Breytenbach) by Diek Grobler.
It was always a dream for the artistic director, Diek Grobler, to establish a forum for animation artists to make films where the focus is on this art form. "I wanted to make animation films in Afrikaans to prise out animation as medium, above the popular belief that this is merely children entertainment. I wanted to make poetry more visible and to point out the diversity of the medium. I think we achieved it here."