September 27, 2017


Filed under: kaganof,music — ABRAXAS @ 4:34 am

“If music affects snakes, it is not on account of the spiritual notions it offers them, but because snakes are long and coil their length upon the earth, because their bodies touch the earth at almost every point; and because the musical vibrations which are communicated to the earth affect them like a very subtle, very long massage.”
Antonin Artaud

September 20, 2017

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August 8, 2017

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August 7, 2017

the eyes of a masturbator

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July 2, 2017

nietzsche – on artists and inspiration

Filed under: art,kaganof,philosophy — ABRAXAS @ 10:33 pm


June 8, 2017

a revelation

Filed under: kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 9:13 pm

something else about having a child

it really relativizes the work

no matter how important an editing deadline is, it is NEVER as important as changing the nappies

changing the smelly nappies is SACRED

getting the baby to STOP crying is more important than anything the editing table has to offer

this was a huge revelation for me

May 28, 2017

Mick Raubenheimer – The Encounters interview


first published here: https://weekendspecial.co.za/interview-aryan-kaganof/

May 19, 2017


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May 8, 2017

notes to a literary friend

Filed under: kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 1:55 pm

I guess the question I need to ask you about your text is, why the notes on the bottom of the pages which occasionally explicate a source you have used, or a meaning, or a context? In a sense those notes confuse the issue of whether this is academic writing or fiction. In a sense they also come across as if you do not have the confidence in your reader to really “get” you. And it seems quite arbitrary to me. You choose to give notes to certain words or sources and not others? Why not the others? It’s as if you have one foot in presumed academia and one foot in creative composition and you don’t quite know exactly where you want to stand.

I would say if you want to be willfully obscure just become an academic and hang yourself now. On the other hand if you want to write fiction drop the academic buzz and write for the jugular, and if people don’t get it, that’s their problem, and the academic vultures will find all the sources later anyway and cover your corpse with the dead articles eventually.

aryan kaganof

May 3, 2017

@visions du reel

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April 29, 2017


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To experiment is not to seek a definite result.
If you seek a definite result, experimental cinema is not possible.
If you know what you want, the going after it is not experimentation.
Aryan Kaganof
29 April 2017

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April 7, 2017

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh on Free Education

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March 15, 2017

Olivier Ledure on the Jazz films of Aryan Kaganof

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March 8, 2017

Fred de Vries on Hectic!

Filed under: 2002 - hectic!,kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 3:58 pm


Aryan Kaganof, previously known as filmmaker Ian Kerkhof, offered his debut Hectic! to various established publishing houses – in vain. ‘We can’t publish this book, they said, because we’re not sophisticated enough to read it, because we’ll think you’re an AWB-writer. I couldn’t believe it’, says Kaganof. He then ended up publishing it himself, followed by a Dutch translation.

With Hectic! Kaganof further penetrated the literary space that Coetzee had opened up. He wrote an anti-moralistic novel that is set in Cape Town, and deals with the subculture of young people who hang out in pool halls. That’s where Kaganof found the essence of the white South African. ‘The whites in this country are all white trash. No European who was on any level a worthwhile human being came into this country. The shit, the detritus and the dirt came here and invented the Negro, the kaffer, because then they could feel better about themselves. So if you want to find those things out you have to go to the lower classes, because that’s the history of the country, all the rest is affectation. Culture is very skin-deep with the white South Africans, all ersatz culture. Real South African culture is fighting and drinking and sports.’

He wanted to get to the heart of a subculture he was part of. ‘There was no other mission. To show people as they really are, not these people talking political things of change and all this rubbish. And nothing about guilt from the past. Most of the people I know live their life and don’t give a fuck about anything. They’re pissed off with all that shit.’

Despite this unwelcoming literary climate, there has been a steady stream of young post-apartheid writers, even though it’s too early to talk of a movement. ‘I could come up with a beautiful, coherent story’, says author Etienne van Heerden, who teaches creative writing at the University of Cape Town. ‘But the truth of the matter is that everything is still in a ferment, everything is very complex, and everything has a counterargument. This is the first literary generation that doesn’t write in opposition, a generation that has to search for subject matter and that is very cynical about involvement. A generation that, contrary to us, the Tachtigers, isn’t issue driven.’

January 13, 2017

anarchy is not chaos

Filed under: kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 8:55 am

don’t confuse anarchy with chaos

what appears good for the herd is, mostly, not even good for the herd, and certainly, almost never, good for the truly individuated soul that does not identify with the herd

herd mentality is fear made manifest in regulatory systems that almost always oppress individual choice

anarchism is listening to the inner voice that is always true for the individual and, therefore, always true and best for other individuals because the inner voice is the real self-regulation of all beings that is thwarted by oppressively enforced systemic thinking and being (power).

aryan kaganof
13 january 2017

December 4, 2016

notes on inequality

Filed under: kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 12:31 pm

i was brought up with the understanding that inequality was the bedrock upon which we based out lives, our “good fortune”. and later in life, when i look back at my history of rebellion against this idea, it seems to me that the “rebellion” too is inextricably built into the privilege, is in fact, an extreme form of it. what to do? i don’t know. leave it to the kids i suppose. now that the sex drive has diminished and i am really just waiting for the box none of it seems that urgent any more, the urgency is relegated to them now…

oh god, as soon as one writes anything down one is trapped, isn’t it so? the thoughts of a moment get cemented and appear on paper as if one really believed this stuff, but a moment later, after a coffee and a wank, i might write something altogether different and feel the complete opposite of what i just felt…

another day in the life of a middle aged white man…

December 3, 2016

You’re In Chains Too

Filed under: 2016 - Opening Stellenbosch,kaganof,music,poetry — ABRAXAS @ 9:49 am


first published here: https://wordnsoundlivelit.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/youre-in-chains-too-solidarity-concert/

November 29, 2016

on other people’s writing about my work

Filed under: kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 11:12 am

I have a somewhat rigid approach to writing about the work, whether it be critical of favourable or complimentary or scathing – I hold it all at a distance. I am not yet mature enough to not read it at all (I think that only comes with great maturity and self-confidence) but I am just old enough to know that it is vital not to get taken “off course” by other people’s opinions or takes on the works. By which I don’t mean to sound churlish, but to convey to you something of the distance at which I read about my work (although I do still want to read what is written). It is paradoxical and I have not solved this yet.

October 1, 2016

Thinking Africa October 2016

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September 26, 2016

r.i.p. herschell gordon lewis

Filed under: just good friends,kaganof — ABRAXAS @ 7:23 pm

aryan kaganof with herschell gordon lewis, l’etrange festival, paris, 2002

September 20, 2016

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crackheads beware

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hospitaal toe

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my films

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