Houghton Kinsman in conversation with Nkule Mabaso, Nadja Daehnke and Josephine Higgins via Facebook chat, on the process of travel, perception and transition, within the context of personal experience as curators for the Michaelis gallery.
Finding Common Ground Over Distance – Edition 1 : Gayle Meikle – North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland and Alexandra Ross – Cape Town, South Africa.
This is the second installment in our conversation series and a start of a chain of conversations collectively titled ‘Finding Common Ground Over Distance’. The next conversation in this chain will be initiated by Gayle Meikle with someone of her choosing.
The following conversation was an email exchange that took place from 22nd July to 21stAugust 2015 with the intention of thinking through and recording the preparatory stages of a curatorial collaboration. Alexandra Ross and Gayle Meikle have had an ongoing working relationship spanning projects, exhibitions and performances and the exchange recorded here is a genuine brainstorming session for a project that is in the pipeline.
Alexandra Ross is a Post Doctoral Fellow in the CCA.
Gayle Meikle is a curator, artist and organiser. She was the co-founder of Yuck ‘n Yum, a curatorial and publishing collective and Assistant Curator for Broad Reach at Taigh Chearsabhagh on North Uist in the Outer Hebridean Islands of Scotland.
A conversation between Gayle Meikle and Irwan Ahmett
This is the fifth instalment of our Conversation Series, and the second in a sub-chain of conversations collectively titled ‘Finding Common Ground Over Distance’. In the first, Alexandra Ross and Gayle Meikle brainstorm project ideas for a curatorial collaboration; and in this subsequent edition, Gayle Meikle speaks to artist and designer Irwan Ahmett. The text that follows is their edited email conversation, which took place from 1st April to 9th June 2016. Gayle’s current PhD research is centred on the university gallery and play. It is within this context that Gayle and Irwan discuss Irwan’s collaborative practice with Tita Salina and their research residency at St PAUL Street Gallery, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
Gayle Meikle is a curator, artist and organiser currently based in the north east of England. She is located at the BxNU Institute as a PhD researcher in Fine Art. Her research speculates on the university gallery as a site for radical pedagogy.
Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina are an artist duo from Jakarta. The duo’s artworks are a series of public interventions targeting city-specific issues and using play as a universal medium or strategy for change. Find out more about the duo and their residency at St PAUL Street Gallery here.
For the first installment of our Conversation series, South African artists Khanyisile Mbongwa and Sikhumbuzo Makandula explore, through an informal conversation, the possibilities and struggles experienced by emerging black artists – whether they function from within or on the margins of ‘the establishment’. Khanyisile Mbongwa, formerly a student in the CCA’s Honours in Curatorship course, is a performative installation artist and curator based in Cape Town who uses poetry, movement and sculpture in her work. She is one of the founding members of Gugulective, and has exhibited and performed both locally and internationally. Sikhumbuzo Makandula is a visual artist who specialises in photography, video and performance. Makandula is currently studying at Rhodes university and living and working between Grahamstown and Johannesburg. Makandula was the 2011 Sasol New Signatures runner-up winner and has exhibited in South Africa, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.
Houghton Kinsman in conversation with Fritha Langerman (Head of Department of Michaelis School of Fine Art) and Nina Liebenberg (Phd candidate, and lecturer and project manager at the CCA) via Gmail chat, on notions of practice, shared research and interests, as well as the oscillation of learning between mentor/mentee.
This month’s focus on the CCA website will be conversation and its different forms and permutations. We have collated several exchanges such as Houghton Kinsman’s upcoming Arranged Encounters conversation series and the start of an ongoing online exchange Finding Common Ground Over Great Distance.The first of these will be with Gayle Meikle, an artist and curator from Scotland and myself. More on these projects will be released over the coming month.