Sand !Hū Sand
Garth Erasmus, Ruth May, Nesindano Xhoes Namise, Peter Thiessen

Image 1: Garth Erasmus, Ruth May, Nesindano Xhoes Namise, Peter Thiessen: work in progress; photo: Ruth May
Image 2: Ruth May, work in progress, 2022, photo: Ruth May

Image 3: Ruth May, Landscapes (Best General View 2), 2022
Image 4: Garth Erasmus, work in progress, 2022, photo: Ruth May

Sand !Hū Sand
20 August – 2 October 2022
Garth Erasmus, Ruth May, Nesindano Xhoes Namise, Peter Thiessen

19 August 2022, 7 pm
Speakers: Carsten Brosda (Senator for Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg),
Katja Schroeder (Artistic Director, Kunsthaus Hamburg)

8:30 pm – Performance by Nesindano Xhoes Namise

In the frame of an international collaboration, visual artists and musicians explore sand – as a material and as a medium for reflecting on traces of colonial history, for the reappropriation of indigenous knowledge and the respective worldviews. Sand is like the skeleton of the world, a foundation of modern culture and technologies, the invisible but essential ingredient of constructed living environments and digital communication devices. For its extraction, entire beaches are hauled away, seabeds are sucked out, gigantic pits are dug out, mountains are piled up. Wars are waged, villages sink into the ground and islands are washed over by the sea. Against this background, the artists participating in the project will create a space at the Kunsthaus Hamburg, in which fleeting sounds, fabric, combined with textile and mineral images interweave in a spatial and acoustic installation to form a landscape.

Curated by Katja Schroeder


Sand Stories 
Saturday, 10/09/22, 3 pm
Performance & Talk:
What sand has to say 
(Garth Erasmus, Ruth May, Nesindano Xhoes Namise, Peter Thiessen)
Sisters of the Soil (Oppieyaart) & Aio Da Go (We are grateful)
(Community Gardening Projects in Cape Town and Ovitoto)

Music & Talk 
Monday, 12/09/22, 6 pm
Garth Erasmus (Khoi Khonnexion)
Stefan Schneider (Mapstation)
Peter Thiessen (Kante)

Mineral Performances
Thursday, 15/09/22, 6 pm
Tsarab mâs (Dust’s Standing) by Nesindano Xhoes Namise
Null (Mars & Moon) Dry ice performance by Peter Thiessen,
with Glen Arendse, Garth Erasmus, Ruth May
Digging Deeper by Nik Duric

The Cosmology of the Bow
Saturday, 17/09/22, 2 pm
Bow-making Workshop (Garth Erasmus)
Lecture: Musical bow of the Khoisan (Glen Arendse)
Bow Ensemble Improvisation

Sand Concert
Saturday, 24/09/22, 8 pm
Khoi Khonnexion (Cape Town)
Kuru (Windhoek/Berlin/Hamburg) – Special Guest: Renu Hossain
Kreidler (Dusseldorf/Berlin)
Songs from The House of Falling Bones (Members of Khoi Khonnexion & Kante,
Nik Duric, Ruth May, Nesindano Xhoes Namise)

Guided tours
Sunday, 21/08/22, 3 pm
Thursday01/09/22, 6 pm
Thursday, 22/09/22, 6 pm

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