Black Art & Communities at Heart (BACAH). BACAH is a conversation series, conceptualised and hosted by Mandisi Sindo, a recipient of a National Fellowship from the ICA. Prior to each event, an invited writer submits commentary to a selected respondent for comment. Read more.
Great Texts/Big Questions. In line with the its interdisciplinary focus, the ICA launched the Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series in 2010, which aims to engender an exchange of ideas and opinion structured around a specific text or piece of work that is of interest or importance to the public. A range of prominent academics, artists and writers have been invited to present at the Great Texts lecture series over the years – William Kentridge, Gayatri Spivak, Sisonke Msimang and Achille Mbembe are just a few. Read more.
Fellowships. The ICA grants fellowships to artists and academics interested in extending their research while engaging with the postgraduate creative arts community at ICA. Fellowships provide candidates with time on UCT campus and access to the University’s facilities; the opportunity to engage extensively with UCT’s research community, and interaction with ICA’s Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art postgraduate cohort. Read more about Fellows’ activity here.
Live Art Festival. The ICA’s flagship Live Art Festival is a biennial interdisciplinary festival, which began in 2012. It is designed to challenge and extend the public’s experience of live art in a non-commercial environment and make accessible the work of visual and performing artists who explore new forms, break boundaries, flout aesthetic conventions, tackle controversy, confront audiences and experiment with perceptions. Read more.
Live Art Network Africa (LANA). LANA was launched by the ICA at a three-day event in February 2018 comprising a symposium, performances and networking sessions held at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus. LANA is a unique platform connecting artists and academics practising and researching in the interdisciplinary, disruptive field of live art. Read more.
Live Art Workshop. The Live Art Workshop engages participants in a rich programme of workshops and lectures presented by esteemed practitioners and educators. Read more about the 2019 Live Art Workshop.
Medical Humanities. The Medical Humanities public lecture series comprises medical practitioners, scientists, theatre-makers, artists and poets whose lectures and presentations engage with the growing interdisciplinary field of medical humanities, in pursuit of intellectual synergies and their application to medical pedagogy and practice. It is presented by the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, and the ICA. Read more.
Public Lectures. Read more about additional one-off public lectures presented by the ICA.
Publications. Read more about the ICA’s 2019 publication Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa edited by Jay Pather and Catherine Boulle, and the 2016 publication Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa edited by Cóilín Parsons, Imraan Coovadia and Alexandra Dodd.
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