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.
The launch of the Live Art Network Africa (LANA) is scheduled to take place from 17 – 20 February 2018 at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus. The three days of LANA will be divided into a symposium comprising conference sessions, open to the public, where local and international speakers will present papers, as well as networking sessions where invited delegates will discuss the vision for the Network, and how this can be taken forward. The symposium is open to all but the networking sessions are by invitation only. The programme can be downloaded in the full story.
The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) invites applications for two curatorial fellowships in live art. The curatorial fellowship entails research, dialogue with artists, exploring funding possibilities, an exploration of installation spaces and the acquisition of works leading towards staging a series of live art events in and around the city.
In existence since 2012, the Institute for Creative Arts’ (ICA) Live Art Festival will to take place again from 30 August to 16 September 2018. Artthrob called the 2017 Festival “a refreshing approach to the local art scene – showcasing 34 sophisticated and political works free of charge.” While Elle described it as one that “establishes itself as pioneer in the region, blurring the fields of fine art, dance, theatre, music and literature to form a unique platform for cutting-edge interdisciplinary art.”
The launch of the Live Art Network Africa (LANA), and the accompanying symposium scheduled to take place from 30 November - 3 December 2017 at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus, has been postponed to 17 - 21 February 2018. This difficult decision was taken in the wake of ongoing protests, and the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) tenders sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.
The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), in association with the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (formerly the Department of Drama and the School of Dance), at the University of Cape Town, invites applications for MA Study in Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art. Choreographers, performers, directors, composers, curators as well as creative and performing arts researchers are all invited to apply.
The fourth instalment of the decolonial conversations series, Black Art & Communities at Heart (BACAH), will be held at the Makukhanye Art Room in Khayelitsha on 04 November 2017, from 3pm to 6pm. Conceptualised and hosted by Mandisi Sindo, a recipient of a National Fellowship from the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), the series aims to explore the of importance black art, black artists and black communities in post-1994 South Africa. The theme for the fourth instalment is “Liberating Black Artists” and will feature writer/director Given Jikwana.
The Institute for Creative Arts will host comprehensive and interdisciplinary Live Art Workshops in Cape Town during November, for the conception, development and execution of live art. The Workshops are aimed at artists of any discipline who have an interest in performance and want to extend their ideas further. They are not restricted to performers, directors and choreographers. Visual artists, architects, urban planners, designers and musicians are all encouraged to apply. Established artists in a single discipline wanting to move out of this are particularly encouraged to apply.
As part of its October 2017 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series focusing on art, institutions, collections and curation, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) proudly presents artist, curator and art historian Thembinkosi Goniwe as he presents Art and Discontentment in the Time of Decolonising the University.
As part of the 2017 Medical Humanities lecture series, the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, and the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) proudly present psychiatrist Sean Baumann as he presents a film screening (75 min) of the live production of his cantata, Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair, which explores mental illness and psychotic experiences. Madness showed at the Baxter Theatre in 2016 to critical acclaim.
As part of the 2017 Medical Humanities lecture series, the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, and the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) proudly present sociologist and educator-performer Amrita Pande as she presents Made in India – a performance lecture exploring the issue of commercial surrogacy and egg donation in India, which is an aesthetic interpretation based on her many years of research in the field. Made In India invites audiences on a journey to Dr Patel’s baby farm in the town of Anand, and follows two surrogate mothers, one client and the owner of the clinic from the ‘ordering‘ of a child to fertilisation, pregnancy and birth.
As part of the 2017 Medical Humanities lecture series, the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, and the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) proudly present Director of the ICA, Jay Pather, and playwright Nadia Davids as they present Theatre, Memory and the Post-trauma City in which they discuss their respective critically-acclaimed works Body of Evidence and What Remains, exploring the interwoven themes of history and memorialisation, forms of violence seen and unseen, and the ways in which the body holds and expresses memory.