The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) will be hosting a dynamic, interdisciplinary programme at Hiddingh Campus on Friday, 2nd December. Included in the programme is a presentation by ICA fellow Felicia Mings, a panel discussion hosted by ICA fellow Chandra Frank, and Pink Dollar - a collaborative performance presented by Pro Helvetia artist-in-residence Antje Schupp.
Curated by Chandra Frank, and presented in collaboration with the Iziko South African National Gallery, Repatriation Rhythms is a collaborative performance event in which queer intimacy, touch and the exchange of bodies of thought and text are explored in relation to sound, music and movement.
ZANELE MUHOLI - Babhekeni / Look at Them. Directing the visual activism for which Muholi is known into a more immersive and perfomative context, Babhekeni / Look at them will take the form a procession and silent vigil, to be held in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town. Inviting participation from the public, the project encourages forms of personal and collective reflection on the social impact and loss brought about by gender-based violence, hate crimes and the systemic outworking of homophobia and rape culture in South Africa.
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.