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Experimental Films on Climate Change. 40 Artists. 16 Countries. Under 4 minutes each. Screenings: COP17 global climate summit 2011, Durban, South Africa. Johannesburg, Cape Town, Grahamstown (National Arts Festival 2012). Video Dialoghi 2012, Turin, Italy. GIPCA Hot Water Symposium 2012, University of Cape Town. Sustain Our Africa Festival for Change, Cape Town. Film & Photography Expo, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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Festival of Video Poetry and Performance.  4 South African cities. 20 short experimental films. 4 minutes each. Screenings: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Grahamstown (National Arts Festival Main Programme), London (British Film Institute), Vancouver, Marseille, Edinburgh, Berlin, Kharkiv (Ukraine).

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Transdisciplinary visual artist


Kai Lossgott’s award-winning work investigates human agency and the personal elements in green politics. It has been exhibited locally and abroad at venues such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery and Museum Africa, Johannesburg; Arnot Art Museum, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art Maracaibo, Venezuela; Austin Museum of Art, Texas; Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples; Bell Roberts Gallery and blank projects; Cape Town.

His videos are screened extensively at international museum and gallery events, as well as film festivals. Recently, he was awarded the Sylt Foundation Residency for mid-career South African artists (Sylt, Germany, 2013). He was a recipient of the Magmart Video Festival Award (Naples, 2010).

He is the curator of the CITY BREATH Festival of Video Poetry and Performance (2010), initiating and bringing together short interdisciplinary and experimental films from four South African cities. A selection was screened at the British Film Institute in London in May 2010, followed by an international tour, to popular and critical acclaim. LETTERS FROM THE SKY, is experimental film programme curated in association with COPART for the COP17 global climate summit in Durban (November 2011). The artist is also known for his public performance collaborations.

The artist holds tertiary qualifications in dance theatre, documentary film, creative writing and fine art, all cum laude, including an MA from the University of Cape Town. An environmental activist and community arts facilitator, he has published and lectured at various South African universities, most recently part-time at the University of Pretoria. German by birth (1980), South African by upbringing, Lossgott currently lives and works in Johannesburg.

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2014. Bridging Post Digital Technologies. Southern Graphics Council International Conference, San Francisco, California. Curated by Mary Hood.

2013 Various open studio events, Assemblage Studios, Newtown.

2013. Weather Report. Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom. Curated by Luan Nel.

2013. Metromusings. University of Pretoria. Curated by Elfriede Dreyer.

2013. Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy. Video Art from Africa. Kunsthalle Sao Paolo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Motorenhalle Centre for Contemporary Art, Desden, Germany. Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden. Curated by Kisito Assangni.

2013. Digi-Re-Engineering. UNISA Gallery, Pretoria. Curated by Koos van der Watt and Jan de Rooster.

2012. Appeal 2012: Art, Law and the Media. Guerilla Gallery, Johannesburg. Curated by Elgin Rust & Kim Gurney.

2012. Pointure. University of Johannesburg Art Gallery. Curated by Ann-Marie Tully & Jennifer

2012. IMAGEM-CONTATO (TACTILE IMAGES). Mostra de Imagem em Movimento (Moving Image Showcase). Mostra SESC De Artes 2012, São Paulo. Curated by Kika Nicolela & Gabriel Soucheyre.

2012. Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy. Video Art from Africa. AIVA Festival, Angelholm, Sweden. Arena 1 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA. Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, Lucca, Italy. Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California, USA. Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland. Curated by Kisito Assangni.

2012. Gino on my Mind. Sguardi Sonori (Audible Glances), Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy.

2011 – 2012. Altered Pieces. Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein. Grande Provence Gallery,
Franschoek. PanDora Art House, Johannesburg. Aardklop Music Festival, Potchefstroom.
Curated by Gordon Froud.


Kai Lossgott


"Captures the unfolding transnational zeitgeist of the twenty-first century."

Alexandra Dodd, art writer and researcher, on LETTERS FROM THE SKY, Art South Africa Magazine, Vol 10 Issue 03, Autumn 2012.

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2014. Touch is made in the mouth. Details TBA. Johannesburg, South Africa.

2011. Lexicography of the heart. Grande Provence Gallery Project Room, Franshoek, South Africa.

2008. Nothing with skin is blind.  Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.


2012. Pointure. University of Johannesburg Art Gallery.

2012 - 2013. Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy. Video Art from Africa (For travelling details see left).

2011. Boekrak. Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, South Africa.

2011. Time is Love. Kulter Gallery, Amsterdam. Sint-Lukas University College of Art & Design Gallery, Brussels. 

2010. Mother Nature. SASOL Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

2009 - 2010. Dystopia. Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria.  Museum Africa, Johannesburg.  Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Mangaung.  Jan Colle Galerij, Ghent, Belgium.

2009. Water Preserves. State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, New York.  

2008. Print '08: Myth, Memory and the Archive. Bell-Roberts Gallery.  Cape Town.


SASOL Art Collection, Johannesburg. UNISA Permanent Collection, Pretoria. Nirox Foundation Collection, Johannesburg. Ellerman House Collection, Cape Town. Oldenburg Vineyards Collection, Stellenbosch. Sylt Foundation Collection, Johannesburg. The Sketchbook Library, New York.  Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Casoria, Naples.  INVIDEO Collection, Associazione Italiana Amici Cinema d'Essai (A.I.A.C.E.), Milan. Les Instants Vidéo Archive, Marseille.   Various private collections.