Saturday, March 11, 2017

The journey of Progressive Art

We’ve just concluded two-and-a-half years of the Progressive Art project. Our three-day residency at the Ants space in Johannesburg, South Africa, was a huge success. When we started Phsics Media our goal was to become an incubator where young people from different backgrounds could engage with our content and be inspired by it. Progressive Art is our most successful project since our inception. We're grateful for all our friends who've helped us bring out the best of this story. Not to say we didn't face any hurdles along the way, but we pulled-through until the very end. Part one of the Progressive Art film is now live on our channel.

We're excited to go back to work on our sixth-annual project which is called “The Space Between Colour”. The trailer for it is due to be released later this year. The Progressive Art story matters because it proves that with a little bit of faith, a lot can get done.

Progressive Art Residency @ Ants 03-05 February 2017 


our guest performer on the opening night Thandi Ntuli 


artwork by our resident artist Nia Keturah 

our Progressive Art magazine issue 


our Progressive Art capsule collection 


more artwork by our resident artist Nia Keturah  

Peace and love - tebs

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Progressive Art Three-Day Residency in Johannesburg

Today we announced the participants for our first residency in Johannesburg, South Africa, taking place from 03 February to 05 February 2017. Having successfully premiered the Progressive Art film in Amsterdam, Johannesburg and Cape Town, the residency at Ants will be the final phase of the film’s tour. The residency will also showcase photography from the Progressive Art magazine edition with a pop-up shop of the Progressive Art capsule collection, alongside independent artists from South Africa and the United States.

Screenings of the Progressive Art film 

Following on the successful independent release of the Progressive Art film in 2016; the film will be screened during the three-day residency. Filmed during July 2015 across two European cities, Progressive Art is the second docu-feature film by Phsics Media. Further screening details will be communicated through Phsics Media’s Digital Timeless platform on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Amsterdam - 30 April 2016 

Johannesburg - 16 June 2016  

Cape Town - 09 August 2016 

Live performance by Thandi Ntuli 

The opening night will include a live performance by South African jazz musician Thandi Ntuli. The solo performance will feature new music from Thandi’s upcoming album Exiled that is due to be released in 2017, and music from her debut album The Offering.

Solo exhibition by Nia Keturah 

During the residency, a series of artwork by Washington D.C based artist Nia Keturah will be exhibited for the first time in South Africa. The selection of artwork will demonstrate how the world is viewed through the eyes of a progressive artist. The solo exhibition will also show new works by Nia Keturah.

Line-up for the residency 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Faith of Dreams tour: Progressive Art Amsterdam Screening

I just got back from what was probably one of the most gratifying trips of my life. In the six years of Phsics Media’s existence I never thought we’d get to a point where we’d be hosting our own events in places like Amsterdam. The flight from Cape Town to anywhere in the world takes a lot out of you. I arrived there on a Wednesday, which also happened to be the day of the Kings birthday, and was surprised by how welcoming the city is. I linked up with Joya Mooi for the first time and I got to learn about her more as a person. I then had to meet with the venue owners of the theater we were screening our film at. It was weird for me to attend a meeting that was set for 9pm. But I guess that’s what’s great with travelling; it opens your mind to how things are done elsewhere.

On event day, which was on a Saturday, I woke up having a panic attack. My friend Sanjeet was with me at the time and we weren’t in Amsterdam just on a social level, so we took event day to visit famous places around the city that we didn’t get to see. At about 5pm we took the Uber to the event venue, a ride which typically took 8 minutes from the hotel. But our Uber ride ended up taking nearly half an hour (we had scheduled a pre-screening at 5:30 to check any technical glitches) because of road closures. We get to the venue ten minutes before 6pm, and some of our guests were already in the theatre screening room. So we just did a one take check on the audio, visuals and lighting. Then Joya walks in, greets me with a warm smile and tells me to relax. I really did have to relax but things weren’t going exactly as I would have liked them to. So about 15 minutes in, we started with the screening. 

When we finished screening our film, people from the audience came up to me to tell me how inspired they were by our story Progressive Art. As a storyteller, that is the most gratifying feeling in the world! I don’t want to give much away, but we still have 3 more cities to go and I look forward to connecting with everyone. Amsterdam was amazing. See you soon - Tebs