An afternoon programme with ICA fellows: Sihle Hlophe, Genna Gardini, Thalia Laric, Nala Xaba & Alan Parker 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.
Genna Gardini’s ICA National Fellowship project looks at using poetry to document personal experiences of Multiple Sclerosis and diagnosis by womxn and LGBTQIAP+ South Africans. Gardini will be giving two writing workshops around the theme of ‘Diagnosis’. Gardini, who has Multiple Sclerosis and is a wheelchair user, is interested in facilitating writing about personal experiences of any kind of diagnosis with a group of participants. Those interested should be prepared and willing to safely engage with this theme.
2016 ICA Live Art Fellow, Thalia Laric, is one of the leading teachers and facilitators of Contact Improvisation in Cape Town. As a professional dancer and dance educator, she has worked with the First Physical Theatre Company and is co-founder of the Underground Dance Theatre. Her performance research is focused on real-time composition and improvisational dance practice. Laric recently returned from a Dance Improvisation and Performance Intensive at EarthDance Massachusetts, and will be offering a Master Class in Contact Improvisation as part of her Live Art Fellowship with the Institute for Creative Arts. The Master Class is open to beginners and professionals alike.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.