As part of the core Honours in Curatorship course, Working with Museum Collections, each of the twelve members of the class had to choose an object from one of the University of Cape Town’s collections (be it the archaeology collection, the Bolus Herbarium, the Pathology Learning Centre or the oology collection, to name but a few). After choosing their object they researched them as far as possible, putting them under intense scrutiny, and producing an object study. These studies can be found on our Object Ecologies website. From there they had to choose a secondary object from their everyday lives to pair with their original object and, as a class, find a way of curating these twenty-four, very different, objects into one curated project. The exhibition, and accompanying catalogue, titled “Colour in the lines” is what they came up with.
Under the Dome is an experimental film festival run by the CCA in collaboration with Iziko's Planetarium and digital dome. The CCA, in the hopes of producing more boundary-pushing content for a space that has been traditionally reserved for astronomy, put out a call to filmmakers in South Africa. Out of the many proposals we received we have chosen six films that will launch at a festival at Iziko's Planetarium in November of this year.
Sana Ginwalla, an Honours in Curatorship student, writes on the Spring Queen documentary and its surrounding archive. As part of the Honours in Curatorship programme she takes the core course Critical Thinking in Curatorship in which the students look at, and critique, different archives and displays each week.
Honours in Curatorship student Nathalie Viruly writes about her experiences walking through the city centre of Cape Town. Focussing on the Slave Monument on Church Square and the memorial benches to Krotoa she explores public art in Cape Town and the how these relate to ideas around rest and womanhood.
UCT's Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA) would like to invite interested filmmakers and artists to participate in UNDER THE DOME; an immersive and experimental short film festival that seeks to explore the exciting new possibilities of digital dome projection, while pushing the boundaries of traditional filmmaking techniques and conventions.
The Centre for Curating the Archive has had the pleasure of welcoming in the Honours in Curatorship class of 2019. Over the past two weeks we have started to get know the new students and we are excited to introduce them to you.
The honours in curatorship students started off the year with a workshop titled "The Biography of an Object". The workshop was run by Nina Liebenberg and Lyndall Cain with guest speakers Bongani Kona and Andrew Juries. Given that this year's honours course focuses largely around object studies the class began by looking at an object close to them in some way.