The Soft Machine is a quarterly, seasonal exhibition showcasing photographers whose work operates in the intersection of fashion, art and film.
Each exhibition is organised around the theme of the body, or “The Soft Machine”, and how it is used in fashion, film and art to construct culture, to comment on it, and create the narratives and ideals that shape the psycho-social identity of people in a given place - here in Cape Town, in South Africa and Africa at large.
What the project aims at is to promote relevant, self-conscious and original local photographic work in both a local and an international context, and to promote a culture of introspection and self-awareness around fashion, art and film.
As with the book by William S. Burroughs, from which The Soft Machine takes its name, the exhibitions are focused on how control mechanisms invade the body, how the body is used itself as a mechanism of control, and the associated issues of sexuality, sensuality and transience.
It is with this in mind that that the spring exhibition centers loosely on character, narrative and the transience of identity.
On 7 September 2018 we had the pleasure of hosting Nikola Vlok with her Burn & Taste album launch. It was an evening filled with good music, art, drinks and great people.
Sound In Sea is a solo exhibition by film photographer Willem van den Heever.
We have the pleasure of showing his work in our studio and it will be up for the month of August 2018. So for everyone that missed the launch night feel free to still swing round and come have a look.
On the 3rd of May 2018 Studio Eleven Eleven opened our doors to the public for the first time. We decided to also host a small exhibition with the launch. We have always wanted a space where we can work, show and collaborate with friends, fellow artist and creatives we admire. So we approached a couple of amazing people in the industry. With work from Black River Studios, Cape Film Supply, Dead Town, Chris Slabber, Dirk Steenkamp and Kleinjan Groenewald on show.
All the work will be up in Studio Eleven Eleven until Monday, 14 May 2018. So if you missed the launch and still want to come have a look, feel free to pop in and come say hello.