The second Spirals virtual seminar was held on Friday 27 November 2020. Titled Nature(s), Archive and Anthropology, the invited speaker for the session was Professor Tahani Nadim from CARMAH (Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage) and the Museum of Natural History, Berlin. Our discussant was Associate Professor Fritha Langerman from the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
On the 30th of October, the CCA held the first of its new Spirals virtual seminar series talks between the Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA) and the Centre for Anthropological Research on Heritage and Museums (CARMAH) in Berlin.
The Centre for Curating the Archive is delighted to welcome its new Research Fellow, Dr Duane Jethro. A graduate of Utrecht University, Jethro has been repatriated from Berlin, Germany, where he has been a post-doctoral researcher in the project “Making Differences: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century”, at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, CARMAH, at the Humboldt University Berlin.
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.
One month ago the CCA lost a friend and colleague following complications related to Covid 19. Nicholas Simane worked at the Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art, for over 10 years. He maintained our exhibitions workshop, and assisted students in both the CCA and the printmaking section of the school.
Last week Friday, the 15th of November, the Centre for Curating the Archive launched the first experimental film festival of dome mastered content on the continent! The festival ran in collaboration with Iziko Museums of South Africa and screened nine short films, over three days, at Iziko's planetarium. This was a challenging process, not only in putting the festival together, but in facilitating the creation of this sort of content which has been largely unexplored in South Africa.
For the past few months nine teams of filmmakers have been working alongside the Centre for Curating the Archive and Iziko Museums of South Africa to create immersive films for the first digital dome film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. The CCA hoped that the launch of these films would help to open up new creative possibilities for artists and filmmakers interested in this wonderful immersive environment and, as such, we are happy to announce that Arkology will be hosting a public screening of three of the short films where attendees will be able to experience them in VR.
The CCA is pleased to announce that the Sutherland Planetarium is sponsoring an award for best film of the Under the Dome festival! The winners will be announced on the opening night — this Friday the 15th of November! There is a large demand for locally produced fulldome material, and the Sutherland Planetarium hopes to encourage the production of South African content through this award.
On Sunday, 20 October, Impossible Return: Harfield Village Forced Removals, a book on the subject, authored by Professor Siona O’Connell, was launched at St Matthews church in Harfield Village and included A Childhood Disrupted, mobile exhibition by research curator, Jade Nair.