Award-winning novelist Claire Robertson offers a short history of imagining and mis-imagining ourselves, and thoughts on using the tools and gifts of fiction to choose and understand the framework of those “things that are no longer and things that are not yet.”
‘I’m a little concerned about the kind of masculinity we teach our sons,’ says poet and musician Itai Hakim. This concern is at the centre of Fuccboi, a collaborative and interactive lecture-performance presented by Hakim and Siyabonga Mthembu (The Brother Moves On). Fuccboi is a sonic exploration of masculinities and ways of being in the world that men inherit. At once a private/public reckoning with the past and present, Fuccboi is also an attempt at dreaming different futures.
In this performance-lecture, Toni Stuart shares her process of writing "Krotoa-Eva’s Suite", a cape jazz poem in three movements which seeks to re-imagine Krotoa-Eva’s story in her own voice. Using live performance, audio-visuals, and interactive elements, she will share what she has learnt, and her experience of journeying with this story.
The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) launches its 2018 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series in April, with a line-up that features acclaimed and award-winning writers, artists, academics and musicians. The theme underpinning this Great Texts series is drawn from Achille Mbembe’s foreword to Fiona Forde’s An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema & the ‘New’ ANC in which he writes: ‘[South Africa] is still caught … between things that are no longer and things that are not yet.’ The talks comprising the series will explore South Africa’s state of in-betweenness, as evoked in Mbembe’s words, from the vantage point of things unfinished, things unwritten – an exploration of mutability as opposed to certainty from academic, historical, poetic, musical, artistic and literary points of view. The series, then, is also an investigation of becoming, and how we might become differently.