#CreativeUprising Op – Ed: African Power Station

#CreativeUprising Op – Ed: African Power Station

Over the next few days in the lead-up to the ACT | UJ Creative Conference, we will be posting several op-eds from our ACT Team members as well as the conference presenters & performers. This will allow the delegates to interact with some of the key themes and ideas around this year’s #CreativeUprising. Today’s Op-Ed comes from ART AFRICA editor Ashraf Jamal. Catch his presentation at the ACT | UJ Creative Conference on Friday 28 July 2017.    In Condition Report, a collection of essays concerned with ‘building art institutions in Africa’, Koyo Kouoh – Director of 1:54, the largest annual exhibition of contemporary African art in the northern hemisphere – asks the following: ‘How is Africa after fifty years of Independence, really determining its artistic landscape?’ Kouoh’s approach turns on ‘platforms of criticality and production’ that ‘question hegemonic viewpoints, canons and narratives of art, and develop and manifest approaches of knowledge production outside state institutionalisation’, the better to permit ‘in-between zones, spaces in flux that connect theoretical, visual, practical and local knowledge’. Wary of the easy canonisation and essentialising of contemporary African art, Kouoh’s vision – nothing short of a manifesto – is designed to challenge the blithe absorption of African art within a global economy. Simon Njami, a contributor to Condition Report, shares this line of questioning.  ‘Can we grasp the needs of our times with contemporary tools’ Njami asks. ‘Can we move beyond the codification of a monolithic history of the world that is outrageously simplified? Can we change the analytic schemas whose purpose was to lock identities into geographic essentialisms?’ For Kouoh and Njami what...

EUNIC Lab 2015: Convening New Audiences

EUNIC Lab, initiated by EUNIC South Africa (European Union National Institutes for Culture), is making it possible for professionals from Europe and South Africa to engage around public art and its role in audience development and alternative spaces/alternative education. EUNIC Lab invites a number of delegates from Europe and South Africa to share and exchange best practice examples in the development of new audiences for institutions such as museums, galleries and art spaces. The lab, which runs between Wed 27 and Fri 29 May, includes workshops, visits and public sessions in Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria. The workshops focus on ways to engage distanced or inaccessible communities, and look at case studies of institutions that have managed to gain diverse audiences, through innovative and economical strategies. Particular attention will be paid to education, with a focus on young people. Join the two public sessions which will be held on Wednesday 27 May in Soweto and Thursday 28 May in Pretoria and engage with professionals on topics such as “Public art and its role in audience development” and “Alternative spaces/alternative education”. This project is realised in partnership with VANSA (Visual Arts Network of South Africa), in the context of EuropeFest, the Month of Europe’s Cultures, in collaboration with the ‘Connecting Creative Markets’ programme supported by Business and Arts South Africa and the British Council Connect ZA. Public sessions / Free Wednesday 27 May: 17:30 to 19:00 Eyethu Gallery 649 Machaba Drive, Mofolo Central, Soweto “Public art and its role in audience development” With Marina Naprushkina (The Office for Anti-Propaganda, Germany), Grant Jurius (Burning Museum, Cape Town) and Buntu Fihla (King William’s...

Conferences Post Mortem | #CreativesMakeItHappen

Creatives can engage further with industry professionals on industry hot topics and opportunities by booking in time to join the #CreativesMakeItHappen conversation. 21 May: Conferences Post Mortem ACT Trustee, Jayesperi Moopen, engages the National Arts Council’s Coordinator, Rosie Katz from the NEPAD arts education conference and Levinia Jones, Head of Arts British Council and Content Director for the 2015 ACT | UJ Conference, around major observations, outcomes and ways forward with a focus on how practitioners can mobilise the knowledge and information shared at the conferences. Entrance to the conversation is free but space is limited. To secure your place, please email your contact details to preciousm@uj.ac.za and how many people you would like to book for. The 2015 Conference was presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), UJ Arts & Culture and British Council Connect ZA, with support from the Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), SAMRO Foundation, Pro Helvetia, the European Union, the SA–UK Seasons 2014 & 2015; and media partners Classicfeel magazine and UJFM...

6th Durban FilmMart Delegate Registration opens

Delegate registration for the Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s premier film finance and co-production forum is now open. Now in its 6th edition, the DFM, which takes place from July 17 to 20, is a joint project of Durban Film Office, the City’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) as an endeavour to raise the visibility of African cinema, stimulate production on the continent, and facilitate project collaboration between African filmmakers. “The overall objective of the FilmMart is to support, facilitate and develop the growth of African film content and create viable opportunities for business within the sector to flourish.” says Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty. “The Mart, promises delegates access to influential experts, broadcasters and financiers in the film industry and creates a space for industry professionals to forge strategic relationships.” DFM is presented in three strategic pillars: the Finance Forum, Master Classes and Africa in Focus – a programme of workshops, and also offers a series of networking and social sessions with like-minded industry representatives. Delegates have access to Master classes held with leading industry experts in the areas of concept development, project packaging, co-production development, new media, finance, marketing, distribution, and other themes. This year’s Master Class in Film Packaging and Finance, is entitled New Film-Making Strategies; from South Africa to Pan-Africa and towards the Global Market. Sponsored by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC), the master class will be presented by leading international film and creative industry specialist and published writer Angus Finney. Finney, comes to the Mart having actively been involved as executive producer on...

African Month Dialogue and lecture titled “What it means to be African”

The Department of Arts and Culture invites members of the media to an African Month Dialogue and lecture titled “What it means to be African” that will take place at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town. The Department is leading and coordinating a government-wide African Month Festival of Ideas & Cultural Exchange that is taking place throughout the month of May. It is celebrated under the theme We Are Africa – Opening the doors of learning and culture to promote peace and friendship from Cape to Cairo. The lecturer will be delivered by internationally acclaimed, Somali-born writer, Professor Nuruddin Farah, who is regarded as one of the greatest contemporary fiction writers in the world. The respondent to the lecturer will be Nigerian born Professor Harry Garuba, an academic; writer, poet and an associate professor at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town.The chair will be Professor Shaun Viljoen from Stellenbosch University, English Department who has recently published a biography on the late author, Richard Rive. This is part of the Department of Arts and Culture’s inaugural Africa Month (May) programme, that has as its theme: “We are Africa: Opening the Doors of Learning and Culture from Cape to Cairo”. This event is part of a series of lectures and dialogues supported by the Department which began in April this year with a lecture by Ben Okri on “Summoning the African renaissance”, a focus on Higher Education and Africa (Prof Sipho Seepe) as well as African music (Prof Phalandwa Mulaudzi), a dialogue in Grahamstown (featuring Prof Helon Habila, Prof Kole Omotoso and Prof Muxe...

Inaugural African Arts Campus

  The African Arts Institute (AFAI) is hosting an inaugural African Arts Campus from 4-25 May 2015 at the Homecoming Centre of the District Six Museum in Cape Town to provide opportunities to learn more about the African continent. The Campus compromises 29 short courses ranging from one-off lectures to 6-session courses that cover the arts e.g. “Introduction to African literature” and “Congolese music in Cape Town” as well as broader contextual themes such as “China in Africa” and “Tradition and Modernity”. Arts Campus The Campus coincides with “Africa Month” (Africa Day is on 25 May) and provides an ideal opportunity – particularly in the light of the Afrophobic violence taking place in South Africa – for participants to learn more about the African continent. Learn about Africa by immersing yourself in its rich history and contemporary present, where you will be exposed to 30 evening courses and lectures presented by a host of experts, experienced professionals and university professors. The Campus will take place in central CBD locations (the Cape Town City Library, the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre) from 4-25 May 2015. The AAC entails three weeks of evening and afternoon short courses, mini-lecture series and stand-alone talks that focus on arts, culture and development in contemporary Africa. The line-up is varied and rich as it spans from contemporary culture to ancient history. The AAC also presents a host of cultural activities, film screenings, studio visits to artists from the African Diaspora (every Saturday) and musical performances, DJ mash-up sessions, heritage walks through and beyond the city. Click here to read more and register. Course and lecture...