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3rd Space Symposium: Decolonising Art Institutions

The second Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) 3rd Space Symposium: Decolonising Art Institutions, will take place at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus and at the new A4 Arts Foundation space in Buitenkant Street from 24 to 26 August 2017.

Over a period of two days, academics, performers, curators, musicians, choreographers and playwrights – including key role players such as Hlonipha Mokoena, Elelwani Ramugondo, Jyoti Mistry and David Andrew, and artists such as Nomcebisi Moyikwa and Rehane Abrahams – will explore themes concerning the representation of artistic and creative research in museums, art schools and art institutions. Ideas pertaining to history and heritage, language, hybridity, creative economies and curricula will be explored through presentation, discussion and performance.

The horizontal, dialogue-driven format of the Symposium will encourage individual and collective participation, including group discussions and workshop interactions. The Symposium’s third day will provide spaces for interaction, discussion, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary conversation with input from a range of institutions and departments across the country.

The Symposium then explores ideas around the role of the creative arts in provoking change, the imperative to decolonise the university, and the dialectic between the settled nature of academic curricula and the spontaneity of transformation. The Symposium facilitates a critical platform for probing the potential of the university curriculum to respond to the fluidity of transformation. It seeks to create enabling contexts for students, academics, artists and the public to engage as a creative community, to grapple with legacies of violence and exclusion, and to envision possibilities for alternative futures.

Registration for the event is free of charge but with limited spaces available. A detailed programme will be published here and distributed via email by 4 August 2017. To subscribe or to register, email ICA or call 021 650 7156.