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Erf 81 Opening a Great Success!
Mon, 29 May 2017 - 10:00

Erf 81: Two decades of living on the fringe was meant to take place last year but due to circumstances outside of the CCA’s control had to be postponed. However, we were extremely grateful to have the exhibition come together at the AVA Gallery and to have had such a wonderful turnout at the opening on Thursday the 25th of May. This could not have been sooner as the residents of Erf 81 (Tamboerskloof Farm) have been handed their eviction notice. We hope that through this exhibition we can draw attention to these evictions and help, in some way, to save the farm.

Burning Concerns
Thu, 11 May 2017 - 15:00

Fire’s history is contradictory and paradoxical. There’s the unassuming fire that results from the burning kindling and invites reverie, or the conflagration brought about by the gesture of an arsonist. Fire may be the inadvertent spark that results in destruction or the wholesale damage brought about by the military might. Yet we cook with fire and warm ourselves in front of its comforting presence. Ravaging the environment, it also replenishes. Fire destroys lives and structures, but it also mesmerizes and we celebrate it. Damning yet redemptive, destructive but also comforting, fire leads a charmed life

Collection: The first exhibition by the 2016 Honours in Curatorship class
Thu, 11 May 2017 - 15:00

Collectionsn. the act of collecting; the gathering of contributions; from collect v.t.to assemble or bring together: to put (one’s thoughts) in order: to accumulate.

David Brown (1951 – 2016)
Thu, 11 May 2017 - 15:00

The staff of the Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA) were devastated to hear of the untimely death of David Brown, one of South Africa’s foremost sculptors.  Many of us had come to know David initially through his wife, Pippa Skotnes, but this quiet man with an impossibly rakish head of long wavy hair, made an imprint on each of the CCA staffers, particularly through his work with us in 2015.

Interview on Siona O’Connell’s curated exhibition Promises and Lies
Thu, 11 May 2017 - 14:00

Siona O’Connell’s curated exhibition Promises and Lies, a photographic exhibition of the ANC in exile in Tanzania and Zambia, opens tomorrow. The CCA, in preparation for this, interviewed her project manager, Jade Nair, on the exhibition.

Meet the CCA Staff
Thu, 11 May 2017 - 09:45

We have updated all of our staff members’ bios and research concerns to include their latest projects and curations.

Tamboerskloof Farm project back on!
Wed, 10 May 2017 - 11:15

The Tamboerskloof Farm project was postponed last year out of respect for the student protests but we are pleased to announce that the exhibition “ERF 81: Two Decades of Living on the Fringe” is back on and will be opening on the 25th of May at 18:00. All are welcome to join us for this at the AVA Gallery on Church Street, Cape Town. But, if you can’t make the opening the exhibition will run until the 25th of June so there will be plenty of time to view it.

Exhibition opening following “Promises and Lies: Fault Lines in the ANC” documentary
Tue, 09 May 2017 - 11:15

The Promises and Lies: Fault Lines in the ANC documentary which opened on the 4th of May with an address by Mr Parvin Gordan, was greatly attended and has been well received. The documentary, created by CCA associate and lecturer at the University of Pretoria, Dr Siona O’Connell has already received much acclaim and many reviews.  The photographs, taken by Laurie Sparham, that gave the inspiration for this documentary have been curated into a exhibition by Dr O’Connell that is opening on Thursday the 11th of May and will run until the 4th of June at the FADA Gallery, FADA Building, Bunting Road Campus Johannesburg.

Curatorial Contemplation: An Internship at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Mon, 08 May 2017 - 11:15

Curatorial Contemplation: An Internship at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

My sincere thanks and gratitude is extended to The South African Friends of the Israel Museum (SAFIM) for their very generous support and for providing me with this otherwise unimaginable opportunity to intern at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

My journey with fellow curatorial graduate Marc Smith, will begin in Jerusalem, a city with one of the longest recorded histories dating back approximately 4 000 years [1]. This is the city where prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah uttered thoughts which influenced the moral and religious attitudes of nearly half the human race. J erusalem was also the scene of Jesus’s last ministry, and where he was crucified, whilst Mohammed is said to have ascended to heaven in this sacred city [1]. Jerusalem is perhaps the most dramatic city in the whole world, owing to its antiquity, tumultuous past and present and holy monuments associated with the giant biblical stories of distant ages [2]. To this extent, Jerusalem in its entirety is one monumental archive, with a national ethos that both prides itself and prospers on the preservation of its’ history and heritage. Perhaps this explains why the city is so prosperous, considering that it defies the rules that govern most great cities, with no harbour, river or great trade route [2]. As an outsider who will soon be faced with navigating my own space and place within the political, historical and religious complexity of the city, I find the far- reaching diversity of Jerusalem highly intriguing.

Chemical Engineering
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 - 17:15

Chemical engineering concerns itself with processes and devices which convert raw materials into products by chemical or physico-chemical means. In this apparatus no actual chemical process is taking place. Nonetheless, it demonstrates a range of principles and tools relevant in chemical engineering: solution flow, airlift, flotation, gravity separation, pipes, valves, three- phase systems, sparging, froth formation, etc.

Skotnes Archive
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 - 17:15

The Centre for Curating the Archive houses a, yet to be digitized, large collection of the Skotnes' personal and professional archive of correspondence, postcards, press coverage and exhibition invitations. 

World's first heart transplant
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 - 17:15

These are some of the documents relating to the world's first heart transplant, by Dr. Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur hospital, in Cape Town, in 1967. These documents are housed in UCT's Manuscripts and Archives department and the Heart of Cape Town museum. Letter written to Chris Barnard by American school children after he performed the first heart transplant.