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GIPCA Projects 2014

Artisit's talk - Wangechi Mutu

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), in association with STEVENSON, will present a talk by New York-based artist Wangechi Mutu. Mutu’s work has often seemed to bear the gaze of a perpetual outsider, simultaneously drawn to and repulsed by the discovery of another fresh outrage in the lands in which she travels. Much of her work to date has been concerned with the myriad forms of violence and misrepresentation visited upon women, especially black women, in the contemporary world.

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Start: 07 November 2014

End: 07 November 2014

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Rustom Bharucha

Internationally renowned academic, Professor Rustom Bharucha, will present the final lecture in the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts’ 2014 Great Texts / Big Questions series. Titled ‘The Aftermath: Reflections on Terror and Performance’, this lecture is presented in collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s Drama Department. Drawing on his recently published book ‘Terror and Performance’ (Routledge 2014), Bharucha will probe the modalities and enigmas of one key question: “What happens when the performance ends?”

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Start: 02 October 2014

End: 02 October 2014

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts - Fiona Leonard

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts will present the next Great Texts / Big Questions public lecture in association with the University of Cape Town’s Creative Writing Programme as part of the Open Book Festival. Fiona Leonard, Australian writer and former diplomat now based in Ghana, will do readings from her acclaimed debut novel, The Chicken Thief, followed by a discussion with writers from UCT’s Creative Writing Masters Programme.

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Start: 18 September 2014

End: 18 September 2014

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Exhibition – Index

Index, a retrospective exhibition marking the inauguration of Stephen Inggs as Professor in the Michaelis School of Fine Art, presents a survey of his work spanning 25 years – a nexus of an ever expanding anthology of the overlooked, recording that which is inherently transient. Through the development of an ‘archaeographical’ method of unearthing, collecting and photographing found objects, the works on display create associations and traces as indexes and indicators, linking our thoughts about the constructions of the past, in relation to the present.

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Start: 15 September 2014

End: 15 September 2014

Venue: Michaelis Galleries

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

International Workshops – Nicole Seiler

Award-winning Swiss choreographer Nicole Seiler is best known for her approach to dance in which image, sound and video play a major role, giving rise to multifaceted dance performances, videos and choreographic installations. Seiler’s company will present a series of free public workshops as part of their participation in the 2014 Live Art Festival. The workshops will focus on multi-media composition; contemporary dance and improvisation; and sound composition.

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Start: 5 September 2014

End: 6 September 2014

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Exhibition – do it

From the absurd to the philosophical, the impossible to the seemingly meaningless, Michaelis Galleries is proud to present do it. Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it is an evolving exhibition created from a series of instructions written by artists as diverse as Marina Abramović (USA) and Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa). The artist’s instructions are to be openly interpreted each time they are presented, purposefully providing much scope and potential for change. This emphasis on interpretation allows each do it iteration to be lively and experimental.

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Start: 2 September 2014

End: 13 September 2014

Venue: Michaelis Galleries

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

2nd Live Art Festival

GIPCA is proud to present the 2nd Live Art Festival from 27 August to 6 September 2014. Selected in 2012 by the Sunday Independent as one of its five top art events in the country, the Festival grows this year to feature thirty-nine works of innovation by artists that demonstrate an edge in performance art practice. Many works are either International or South African premieres. Live Art brings together a range of artists from the fields of visual arts, dance, theatre, music, architecture and literature.

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Start: 27 August 2014

End: 7 September 2014

Venue: Hiddingh Campus and Cape Town City Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Film Screening & Discussion – Pre-LIFE 2

Pre-LIFE 2 comprises film screenings and two panel discussions based on two interlinking themes in the Live Art Festival: Femininities and Republic. In Femininities the approaches by live artists as performative peaks in vastly undulating landscape of approaches to the notion of femininity will be considered. Republic considers ideas around nation, nationality, nationhood and authority. These ideas will be discussed by invited speakers as well as some of the artists who are presenting performance art work at the Festival.

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Start: 21 August 2014 5.30pm

End: 21 August 2014 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Panel Discussion – Pre-LIFE 1

Pre-LIFE 1 comprises visual presentations and a panel discussion around one of the themes in the Live Art Festival: The Periphery as Threshold. Speakers will consider notions of periphery and centre – what these mean as concepts in society and then for artists working outside the gallery system. Does the periphery exist by choice, by design, by force or tacit exclusion? Panelists include Loyiso Mkize, Astrid Gebhardt, Gavin Krastin, Nompumelelo Fofa, Kirsty Cockerill and Jarrett James Erasmus, chaired by Jay Pather.

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Start: 14 August 2014 5.30pm

End: 14 August 2014 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Exhibition – Between Subject and Object

Michaelis Galleries presents Between Subject and Object, a group exhibition exploring the depiction of human remains at the interface of art and science. In the representation of the dead, there seems to be a continuum, or sliding scale, between an emphasis on the subject-ness of the deceased individual and the object-ness of the corpse. The exhibition will highlight this continuum as an analytical tool to explore and deepen discussion regarding the depiction of human remains, drawing out similarities and differences between photographs, illustrations, films, performances and objects of scientific and cultural interest.

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Start: 7 August 2014

End: 30 August 2014

Venue: Michaelis Galleries

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Live Art Festival – Programme Launch

Join us for an audiovisual presentation of the full programme for GIPCA’s 2014 Live Art Festival. The Programme Launch will include a presentation of each work, the structure of the programme as well as a forum for questions to the curators, organisers and some of the artists who will be present. Grab a free booklet and peruse the programme over some light refreshments, with people at hand for clarification.

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Start: 7 August 2014 5.30pm

End: 7 August 2014 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Workshop – Words We Have Learned Since 9/11

Los Angeles-based artist and writer, Clayton Campbell, will be conducting a workshop as part of his on-going participatory photographic project, Words We Have Learned Since 9/11 at the Michaelis Galleries (Upper Gallery). Campbell’s project establishes an international dialogue about cultural difference and how persons view their future. Members of the public who wish to participate in this project, can book via gipca.bookings@gmail.com.

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Start: 31 July 2014 2pm

End: 31 July 2014 4pm

Venue: Michaelis Galleries

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Clayton Campbell

Arts writer and artist, Clayton Campbell, will discuss a unique participatory photographic project, Words We Have Learned Since 9/11. Initiated in 2005, Campbell’s project establishes an international dialogue about cultural difference and how persons view their future. Campbell has invited over 1000 people to participate in Words We Have Learned Since 9/11 with each participant answering two questions: “What new words have you learned since 9/11, or what words did you know that have taken on a new meaning for you since 9/11.”

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Start: 31 July 2014 5.30pm

End: 31 July 2014 6.30pm

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism

The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC) will host several public events in association with GIPCA on 10 and 11 July. Each year the JWTC hosts a long international workshop on a theme that emerges from the South African context, but has global implications. The 2014 theme, Archives of the Non-Racial, seeks to read the history of the South African struggle against forms of racial subjugation into and with an international struggles against racism.

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Start: 10 July 2014

End: 11 July 2014

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Exhibition – Ijusi: Design based in African Experience

Michaelis Galleries presents ijusi – Design based in African Experience. Recognised as one of the official World Design Capital 2014 projects, the exhibition focuses on Durban-based designer and publisher Garth Walker’s ijusi magazine. ijusi (isiZulu for juice) is an experimental, non-commercial design magazine first published by Walker in 1995.

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Start: 26 June 2014

End: 23 July 2014

Venue: Michaelis Galleries

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Workshop series – Drawing Pleasure

GIPCA is pleased to announce the Drawing Pleasure workshop series, facilitated by Leonard Shapiro and Karen Stewart. The workshops are aimed at anyone who would like to discover or develop their ability to draw, and experience the pleasure of drawing in a supportive environment. Each workshop takes place over two consecutive evenings, and participants can register for one or both workshops. All drawing materials, including paper, will be provided.

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Start: 23 June 2014 6pm

End: 3 July 2014 9pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Book Launch – James Matthews

The CCA and GIPCA will host the launch of ‘Age is a Beautiful Phase’ by esteemed South African poet, James Matthews. He is renowned for his moving poetry as he is for his wicked sense of humour, all matched by a deep regard for the world in which he lives, writes and thinks. His poetry responds to a particular cry that argues for the recognition of bodies and lives, and how we consider people in all manner of complexities, spaces and times.

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Start: 11 June 2014 5.30pm

End: 11 June 2014 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Mark Gevisser

Leading South African author and journalist, Mark Gevisser, will use over a century of maps of Johannesburg as his Great Text. “When I was a boy, in the 1970s, I used to play a game I have retro­actively called Dispatcher, for hours on end, using my parents’ street guide, Holmden’s Register of Johannesburg. Ring-bound with a blue cloth cover, its whimsical title and archaic typography conjured a nostalgia for less turbulent times – although I knew none of that, of course, aged seven or eight, when I found a whole world between its covers.” Thus begins Gevisser’s new book, ‘Lost and Found in Johannesburg’ and his engagement with his first “Great Text”.

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Start: 19 May 2014 5.30pm

End: 19 May 2014 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Edgar Pieterse

Renowned urbanist and academic, Professor Edgar Pieterse, will discuss Africa’s urban revolution as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts/Big Questions public lecture series. Africa’s urban revolution is at the epicentre of the so-called ‘rise of the continent’. Yet, the prospect of a doubling of the urban population in just one generation, the explosion of a youthful demographic confronted with the absence of decent work and omnipresent consumer cultures, represent spectres beyond serious political or policy contemplation.

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Start: 30 April 2014 5.30pm

End: 30 April 2014 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Film screening and discussion – Miners Shot Down

GIPCA will host a screening of Rehad Desai’s much anticipated documentary film about the tragedy at Marikana, ‘Miners Shot Down’. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion. ‘Miners Shot Down’ weaves together the central point-of-view of three strike leaders, with compelling police footage, television archive archive and interviews with lawyers representing the miners in the ensuing commission of inquiry into the massacre. What emerges is a tragedy that arises out of the deep fault lines in South Africa’s nascent democracy, of enduring poverty and a twenty year old, unfulfilled promise of a better life for all.

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Start: 23 April 2014 5.30pm

End: 23 April 2014 8pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Great Texts – Nadia Davids

GIPCA’s 2014 Great Texts public lecture series launches with a lecture by UK-based scholar and artist, Nadia Davids. Titled, ‘Writing and Performing Cape Town’, Davids’ lecture will offer a series of reflections around writing and performing contemporary and historical Cape Town. It will draw on a range of texts, both literary and theatrical, to stage questions around place, belonging, memory, ownership, home and the politics of nostalgia. The lecture will also contain a reading of extracts of her debut novel, ‘An Imperfect Blessing’.

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Start: 16 April 2014 5.30pm

End: 16 April 2014 6.30pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Music in the City – Kevin Vigneau and Kimberley Fredenburgh

GIPCA’s 2014 Music in the City series launches with a concert of contemporary music from New Mexico, Mexico and South Africa by performers Kevin Vigneau and Kimberly Fredenburgh.The concert will feature new works by Patricia Ann Repar, Jose Luis Hurtado, Peter Gilbert and Karola Obermueller, all composition faculty at the University of New Mexico (USA)., as well as works by esteemed South African composer Peter Klatzow, and Mexican composer Mario Lavista.

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Start: 20 March 2014 8pm

End: 20 March 2014 10pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

Infecting The City Public Arts Festival

GIPCA partners with the Africa Centre on a range of works that embrace interdisciplinarity and engage with public spaces in compelling ways at this year’s Infecting The City Public Arts Festival. Works include those by Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke J van Veuren, UCT School of Architecture, Michaelis School of Fine Art, South African College of Music and Graeme Lees.Infecting The City is presented by the Africa Centre from 10-15 March 2014.

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Start: 10 March 2014

End: 15 March 2014

Venue: Various venues throughout the city

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za

International performances – HATE RADIO

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) opens 2014 with the critically acclaimed interdisciplinary theatre production, HATE RADIO, authored and directed by essayist, critic, cinema and stage director, Milo Rau. The work addresses the Rwandan Genocide and is brought to Southern Africa by the Goethe-Institut and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. Following extensive research and interviews with contemporary witnesses of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the script for HATE RADIO is based primarily on excerpts of real transmissions made by the popular Rwandan radio station RTLM.

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Start: 7 February 2014 8pm

End: 9 February 2014 10pm

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

Email: ica@uct.ac.za