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Spirals: Weaving on Friday, 26th of November
Fri, 19 Nov 2021 - 09:45

The CCA hosts another session of the Spirals virtual seminar series on Friday 26 November, 12-1:30pm. This session considers the question of 'Weaving', as an open-ended term referring to the practise of tying together, in this case histories as materialised in textiles that are incorporated into museum and heritage settings.

Hauntings: a response
Fri, 12 Nov 2021 - 17:15

The Spirals virtual seminar series session on the 29th of October hosted Nnenna Onuoha, a Ghanaian-Nigerian researcher and artist based in Berlin, as the speaker with Dylan Valley, a filmmaker and lecturer in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, as the discussant. 

Alma Vorster remembered
Wed, 03 Nov 2021 - 19:15

Alma Vorster was one of the first two MFA students I supervised, along with my colleague Stephen Inggs in the late 1980s. The other was Jo Ractliffe. For both of us, they were challenging, committed students, engrossed in their work, and possessed of deep inner lives revealed in curious and engaging ways in their prints.

Congratulations Dr Mahashe!
Wed, 27 Oct 2021 - 16:15

Dr George Mahashe has been awarded a prestigious UCT College of Fellows' Young Researcher Award for his project —defunct context. The College of Fellows recognises outstanding scholarly work by young academics who have made significant independent contributions to research in their field.

Spirals: Hauntings on Friday, 29th of October
Fri, 22 Oct 2021 - 09:00

We are delighted to host Nnenna Onuoha, a Ghanaian-Nigerian researcher and artist based in Berlin, as our speaker. Titled 'Hauntings' the next session turns to the possibilities of the spectral, ghosts and spirits as a creative point of entry into the past.

Codifying Desire: Documenting and Exhibiting Collections of Sexuality
Thu, 30 Sep 2021 - 08:30

Sir Zanele Muholi, one of South Africa’s most famous and most exhibited artists, and one whose work explores gender and sexuality, told me in an interview once that the people in her work Face and Phases (a series of portraits taken since 2006) are not her subjects as the photographer.

Spirals: Codifying Desire on Friday, 17th of Sept
Wed, 15 Sep 2021 - 13:15

After the August break, we return with another Spirals virtual seminar hosted by the Centre for Curating the Archive. On Friday, 17 September (3-4:30pm SAST) we host Hannes Hacke, research associate and curator at the interdisciplinary Research Center for the Cultural History of Sexuality at Humboldt-University, Berlin. His talk is titled 'Codifying Desire: Documenting and Exhibiting Sexuality'.

‘Hidden Rivers: the Untold Story of the People of Konstansie’ opens this Friday, 3 September.
Wed, 01 Sep 2021 - 10:30

The Constantia Heritage and Education project, in collaboration with the Centre for Curating the Archive, Christ Church Constantia, Iziko Museums and photographer Kent Andreasen, will be hosting an exhibition for Heritage Month 2021, featuring the dispersed community of Constantia split up by the Groups Areas Act.

Spirals will recommence in September
Mon, 23 Aug 2021 - 11:15

There is no Spirals session scheduled for August since most researchers and academics in Berlin are taking their leave this month. We invite you to take this opportunity to catch up on any of the sessions you might have missed.

Colour, Camera, Colonialism: A Response
Thu, 19 Aug 2021 - 10:45

In this session of the Spirals Series titled 'Gustav Fritsch ca. 1900: Three-Color Photography, Nature, & Colonial Science', Dr Hanin Hannouch explores the practice and work of Gustav Fritsch, a German anthropologist and racial hygienist, revealing the entanglements in his use of three colour photography and colonial science in the name of technical advancement and political victory.

Honours in Curatorship 2022 applications now open
Tue, 10 Aug 2021 - 15:00

The programme offers courses in the theory and practice of curatorship, developing in students a sophisticated awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections of many kinds. Students are encouraged to bring the disciplinary insights of their undergraduate major (whether this be in the visual arts, the humanities or the sciences) to the curating of both material and virtual collections, and are offered opportunities to work on exhibitions in public spaces and in the digital realm. 

Spirals: Colour, Camera, Colonialism on Friday, 30th of July
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 - 14:15

The Centre for Curating the Archive would like to invite you to another session of the Spirals virtual seminar series. The theme is Colour, Camera, Colonialism.