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GIPCA Projects 2016

Fellowship Presentations – 5 Thoughts

ICA is pleased to announce 5 THOUGHTS, an afternoon programme of dynamic and interactive fellow presentations. Awarded to creative thinkers and doers in diverse disciplines, ICA fellowships encourage collaborative dialogue around issues of urbanism, community, historical legacy and the postcolonial imaginary. Fellows are encouraged to test boundaries, engage with new publics, and to explore the critical potentialities of live art.

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Start: 18 September 2016 4pm

End: 18 September 2016 7pm

Venue: 2nd Floor Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Imraan Coovadia

As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents award-winning novelist, Imraan Coovadia. Coovadia will present ‘Nelson Mandela and the Arts’ in which he asks: What do politicians learn from the arts? What do they see reflected in the novel? Why was Nelson Mandela interested in the novel and how did he show himself in his choice of stage roles? What is the nature of Mandela’s famous high-mindedness and grace and how do we understand his identification with Tolstoy’s character Kutuzov from War and Peace?

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Start: 23 August 2016 5pm

End: 23 August 2016 7pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Nelson Maldonado-Torres

As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents Rutgers University academic, Nelson Maldonado-Torres. Maldonado-Torres will present Ten Theses on Coloniality and Decoloniality in which he explores colonization and decolonization; coloniality and decoloniality – key terms in movements that challenge the predominant racial, sexist, homo and trans-phobic liberal and neoliberal politics of today. These ten theses aim to provide a basic conceptual infrastructure for addressing coloniality and decoloniality beyond historicist reductionisms.

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Start: 22 August 2016 5pm

End: 22 August 2016 7pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – MAMAZA

As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents ‘Eifo Efi’ – a performance by Ioannis Mandafounis & Fabrice Mazliah of the choreographic collective, MAMAZA. In ‘Eifo Efi’, Mandafounis & Mazliah offer their understanding of two persons, as the “more than” of what two people can be. The performers fill the space with versions and echoes of themselves. While only two bodies appear, reflective elements and diverting strategies enhance the visual to stimulate the sensory, making the “just two” reveal the presence of others.

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Start: 20 August 2016 5.30pm

End: 20 August 2016 8pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Seminar – Knowledge Futures

The Institute for Creative Arts, the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute present a public seminar entitled, Knowledge Futures and the Twenty First Century University. The Seminar will focus on the contemporary challenges to the university from two interrelated sets of forces: from technological innovations, political contestations, epistemological challenges and new knowledge assemblages; and from the increasing incapacity of traditional knowledge institutions to respond effectively to new learning environments and publics.

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Start: 18 August 2016 9.45am

End: 18 August 2016 5pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Grace A. Musila

As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents Stellenbosch University academic, Grace A. Musila. Musila will present ‘A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder’. Based on Musila’s book of the same title, this lecture explores readings of and inscriptions on Julie Ward’s life and death as important windows into British and Kenyan imaginaries on a wide range of issues – including race relations in postcolonial Africa; perceptions of female sexual moralities; the workings of state power and transnational capital, among other issues.

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Start: 16 August 2016 5pm

End: 16 August 2016 7pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Jyoti Mistry & Jacki McInnes

As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) presents curators Jyoti Mistry & Jacki McInnes. The curators will reflect on the conceptual undertaking of the exhibition ‘When Tomorrow Comes’ that provides interpretations of the apocalypse, the end of times and its visual expressions. While the exhibition includes some international artists, it focuses particularly on what an ‘Armageddon’ might mean in a South African context.

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Start: 11 August 2016 5pm

End: 11 August 2016 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Robert Bernasconi

As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents Pennsylvania State University professor, Robert Bernasconi. Bernasconi will present ‘Why Do We Think About Racism As We Do?’ – a critical examination of the dominant approach to racism since the 1950 UNESCO Statement on Race. By returning to the work of Fanon, Biko, and Sartre, Bernasconi outlines an alternative approach.

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Start: 4 August 2016 5pm

End: 4 August 2016 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Sindiwe Magona

As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents legendary South African author, Sindiwe Magona. Magona will present ‘The Writer and Her Times’, in which she asks: Who is the writer and what is she to the nation? What determines the writer’s themes? What is the role of her community, and her role in that community? What is her role in the life of the nation? Sindiwe Magona is a prolific writer, poet, dramatist, storyteller, actress and motivational speaker.

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Start: 2 August 2016 5pm

End: 2 August 2016 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Music in the City – Madosini

Any Given Sunday, in association with Straight No Chaser Jazz Club and the Institute for Creative Arts, hosts the legendary Madosini in a concert that offers the public an exceptional opportunity to experience musical treasures from ancient pasts. This Music in the City Concert, ‘Bow Conversations’, takes place on Saturday 23 July at Hiddingh Hall. The “queen of indigenous music”, as she is also known, is a unique access to an indigenous Southern African musical tradition that is all but extinct.

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Start: 23 July 2016 5.30pm

End: 23 July 2016 8pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Gayatri Spivak

As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts, in collaboration with UCT’s Black Academic Caucus, presents internationally acclaimed academic, poststructuralist theorist and feminist critic, Gayatri Spivak. In ‘Still hoping for a revolution’ Spivak reopens the question of Marx’s real project and focus on holistic education into citizenship as a robust substitute for both vanguardism and techniques of pre-party formation. Gayatri Spivak is a renowned theorist and professor of Comparative Literature at Columbia University where she founded the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

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Start: 22 July 2016 5pm

End: 22 July 2016 7pm

Venue: Jameson Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Gerald Machona & Pak Ndjamena

As part of its Great Texts / Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts presents visual artist, Gerald Machona and Mozambican choreographer, Pak Ndjamena. Machona and Ndjamena will present Influx – a performance-based installation that seeks to transform migratory objects and garments. The movement of people across geographic and political borders is central to the discourse on migration, but often the capital, objects and ideas that people carry with them exist long after the act of moving.

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Start: 9 June 2016 5.30pm

End: 9 June 2016 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Zanele Muholi

As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents internationally acclaimed photographer and visual activist, Zanele Muholi. Muholi will present photographs from her latest series Somnyama Ngonyama followed by the Faces and Phases series (2006-2014). Faces and Phases is a visual narrative that celebrates and commemorates the lives of black lesbians and transgender individuals who dare to make their bodies/ selves visible at the height of ongoing violent hate crimes in South Africa.

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Start: 20 May 2016 5pm

End: 20 May 2016 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

3rd Space Symposium

The ICA is proud to present the 3rd Space Symposium, Decolonisation and the Creative Arts, to be held from 13-14 May. The 3rd Space Symposium is an interdisciplinary event that will explore ideas around the imperative to decolonise the university, the role of the creative arts in provoking change, and the dialectic between the settled nature of academic curricula and the spontaneity of transformation. As part of its ongoing project to facilitate interdisciplinary research and dialogue in the creative and performing arts that disrupts boundaries, the ICA brings together addresses, panel discussions, public debate, performances, film screenings and art exhibitions to explore the subject.

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Start: 13 May 2016

End: 14 May 2016

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Medical Humanities – Steve Reid & Susan Levine

Professor of Primary Health Care, Steve Reid and Associate Professor of anthropology, Susan Levine present ‘Social Justice and the Medical Humanities: the Health of Marginalized People’. This address poses a number of challenges to the medical humanities, such as a lacuna in attention to forms of structural violence that lead to dehumanization and affect health care in rural and urban South Africa.

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Start: 12 May 2016 5pm

End: 12 May 2016 7pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Medical Humanities – Sean Baumann & Finuala Dowling

‘Madness in Song; Dementia in Poetry’ is the topic of psychiatrist, Sean Baumann and poet, Finuala Dowling’s presentation on Thursday 5 May. Baumann presents and comments on excerpts from his opera, ‘Madness’ – a multi-media work which tracks the descent of a promising young architect into a world of delusion and darkness. Dowling reads and gives context to poems from her collection, ‘Notes from the Dementia Ward’, which tracks her mother’s decline into dementia and her move from home to a frail care ward.

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Start: 5 May 2016 5pm

End: 5 May 2016 7pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Medical Humanities – Lester Davids, Shose Kessi & Berni Searle

Molecular cell biologist Lester Davids, psychology lecturer Shose Kessi, and artist Berni Searle come together to discuss ‘Skin Lightening and the Politics of Beauty’. Human skin, the largest organ of the body, remains both biologically and socially intriguing. Being the “face” of first impressions, it remains the canvas of opinions. The question, therefore, of why people want to change skin colour is not only biologically based, but typically associated with questions of self-image, stigmatisation and yearning for lightness which, in many societies, translates into social acceptance.

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Start: 28 April 2016 5pm

End: 28 April 2016 7pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Medical Humanities – Sara Matchett, Mdu Kweyama & Philani Sikhakhane

Drama lecturer and theatre-maker Sara Matchett, director and performer, Mdu Kweyama and Masters anthropology student, Philani Sikhakhane present ‘Theatre Arts, Precarity and Youth Health’. Matchett interrogates the relationship between breath and emotion, and breath and image, in an attempt to make theatre and performance that is inspired by a biography of the body. Kweyama considers how bringing dance into theatrical performance helps audiences to experience the messages and themes of a play more viscerally.

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Start: 21 April 2016 5pm

End: 21 April 2016 7pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Medical Humanities – Carla Tsampiras

Senior Lecturer in UCT’s Primary Health Care Directorate, Carla Tsampiras, addresses ‘Time-Travelling Through an Epidemic: HIV, History and the Here and Now’ in the first lecture of the Medical Humanities series. AIDS is a topic that moves through time and space by being old enough to warrant more histories, young enough to maintain contemporary importance in certain regions and, in other regions, middle-aged enough to be discussed as being beyond its most significant (post-AIDS). This talk reflects on a history of AIDS in South Africa, and considers how having and building a memory of the epidemic can help us understand the here and now.

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Start: 14 April 2016 5pm

End: 14 April 2016 7pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Infecting The City Session 2

The ITC Sessions are a series of events in diverse spaces, keeping the unpredictable, inspiring spirit of Infecting The City alive. Each Session brings a dynamic programme of performance, dance, visual art and music out into the public, offering audiences a chance to stop, engage, be provoked and be moved. The ITC Sessions open up public spaces as sites rich with questions, engaging the city and its people in creative conversation. Session 2 is curated by Leila Anderson and takes place on 12 and 13 April (St Georges Mall).

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Start: 12 April 2016 11am

End: 13 April 2016 1.30pm

Venue: St Georges Mall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

ICA Launch

GIPCA was launched in December 2008 with a generous fixed-period grant from the Donald Gordon Foundation. The Institute will now continue its work as a result of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The new Institute will be launched on 5 April 2016. The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) Launch programme will include guest speakers, announcement of the new programme of events for the next three years, introduction of the MA and PhD Scholars and Fellows, book launch, performances and art installations.

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Start: 5 April 2016 5.30pm

End: 5 April 2016 10pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Infecting the City Session 1

The ITC Sessions are a series of events in diverse spaces, keeping the unpredictable, inspiring spirit of Infecting The City alive. Each Session brings a dynamic programme of performance, dance, visual art and music out into the public, offering audiences a chance to stop, engage, be provoked and be moved. The ITC Sessions open up public spaces as sites rich with questions, engaging the city and its people in creative conversation. ITC Session 1 is curated by Leila Anderson. and takes place on 29 and 30 March 2016 (the Company’s Garden).

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Start: 29 March 2016 5pm

End: 30 March 2016 7.30pm

Venue: The Company's Garden

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Jonny Steinberg

Renowned writer and academic, Jonny Steinberg presents Why is Murder not a Crime in South Africa? An answer to an uncomfortable question asked in Hargeisa, Somaliland. On a recent trip to Somaliland, two young medical students cornered and interrogated Steinberg, in hostile fashion, over the course of a day. “Your country has the strongest state on the continent,” they said. “Why does it allow its citizens to kill Somalis as if murder is not a crime?” This talk is an answer to their question.

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Start: 24 March 2016 5pm

End: 24 March 2016 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Mark Fleishman & Jennie Reznek

UCT academic and award-winning Director Mark Fleishman and theatre legend Jennie Reznek will jointly present a lecture on Reznek’s text ‘I Turned Away And She Was Gone’. Written and performed by Reznek, ‘I Turned Away And She Was Gone’ reworked the Demeter and Persephone story that reviews the relationships between three incarnations of women – a mother, a daughter and grandmother.

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Start: 22 March 2016 5pm

End: 22 March 2016 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Maya Rao – CANCELLED

Due to difficulties with travel arrangements, Maya Rao is unfortunately unable to speak at GIPCA’s Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series. However, the remaining Great Texts lectures for March will follow as scheduled.

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Start: 17 March 2016 5pm

End: 17 March 2016 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Masande Ntshanga

GIPCA launches its 2016 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, with novelist and award-winning short story writer, Masande Ntshanga. Looking at his first novel, ‘The Reactive’, Ntshanga will discuss fiction’s ability to not only free South Africa’s marginalized spaces from being defined within the perimeters of pathology, but also how, through working together with the imagination as a social force, it can transform these spaces into sites of education and transcendence.

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Start: 15 March 2016 5pm

End: 15 March 2016 7pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Symposium – intersect: class, race, gender

‘intersect’ is a two-day symposium comprising talks, performances, a film screening, and discussion panels. The event will bring academia and the creative arts together to interrogate the intersecting themes of race, gender, class and sexual identity. Speakers, performers and artists will offer a range of perspectives and formulations for approaching this topic.

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Start: 12 February 2016 5.30pm

End: 13 February 2016 1.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za