Kabelo Malatsie with Robert Machiri

Collective Practices: A Sonic Essay

Arts Collaboratory commissioned Kabelo Malatsie to respond to their network and the outcome is a sonic essay with Zimbabwean artist Robert Machiri.

Collective Practices: A Sonic Essay

By Kabelo Malatsie

Listening to oneself listening. Listening to emotions, and frictions of emotions. And then one has to decide what those frictions of
emotions are. What is the tension they are generating, the rub between them. And then one has to name them-naming the parameters of emotions because you want to get the modulations of emotion. Listening to the act of your own listening, but also how this bounces back from the other, most of the times that’s what it is all about.

Listen to it here:


Commissioned by Arts Collaboratory.


Kabelo Malatsie, a Johannesburg-based independent curator and former gallery director, will be the next director of the Kunstahlle Bern in Switzerland, starting in April 2022. Malatsie has been an important force within South Africa’s art community for the past decade. From 2011 to 2016, she was a director at the country’s Stevenson Gallery, which has locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town. For her master’s degree in art history, awarded in 2018 from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, she focused on the history on independent art institutions in South Africa.

Robert ‘Chi’ Machiri is a DJ and hoarder of things, inspired by his music collection and interest in sound-related objects. His work exists at the juncture of two streams of practice; his curatorial concepts and art which are presented through embodied critique as learning-and-unlearning, interwoven by sound, music and image-making. His most notable project PUNGWE is an interdisciplinary project circling sound in Africa with related contemporary arts discourses and spaces. Pungwe has produced collaborative works ‘Pungwe Nights’, ‘Listening at Pungwe’, and ‘Sugar free///Pungwe. Robert Machiri is a 2021 fellow of the DAAD Artist-in-Berlin-fellow.


1 Kodwo Eshun, Interview for Mediatec, [online video], 1999, as found at http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=RivGWj1LoQ



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