ICA programme: Talks, Films and PerformancesThe Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) in association with Pro Helvetia will present a diverse and provocative programme of talks, films and performances by acclaimed artists and educators from Switzerland, Brazil, Germany, Palestine, Egypt and China. The programme runs from Tuesday 9 April to Thursday 11 April 2019 on UCT’s Hiddingh Campus.

Tues 9 April, 1 – 2pm: From sight to sound: Talk by Jonathan O’Hear (Switzerland) & Bernhard Frederik la Dous (Germany)

How do light and sound affect our perception and construction of, and interaction with, the spaces we occupy? How do they influence our imagination in these spaces? Lighting designer and visual artist Jonathan O’Hear draws from his practice and vast experience to talk through the use of light as an artistic medium, and sound designer Bernhard Frederik la Dous discusses his work in sound design, sound production and radio play.

ICA programme: Talks, Films and Performances

 Wed 10 April, 1 – 2pm: Theatre at the threshold: Talk by Zhao Chuan (China)

Zhao Chuan (pictured right), is the founder of Grass Stage, a Shanghai-based theatre group whose works draw on a diverse set of techniques – from physical theatre, to documentary footage, and performance art – performed in a wide range of venues and unlikely spaces (including the thresholds of buildings), and often with non-professional actors. In this address, Zhao Chuan reflects on the founding of Grass Stage in 2005, the context in which the group came into being, and the process, challenges and thrills of sustaining this fluid creative space over the past 14 years.

Thurs 11 April, 1 – 2pm: Mining the gaps: Talk by Noor Abuarafeh (Palestine) and Mohamed Abdelkarim (Egypt)

How are narratives produced and mis-produced; what does the archive include and cast aside, and how is the complexity of history shaped and understood? Noor Abuarafeh, whose video, performance and text work addresses memory, history, archive, and the possibilities of tracing absence will present alongside Mohamed Abdelkarim whose text-based performances and multidisciplinary research aim at producing narratives and exposing the way narratives are produced. Abuarafeh asks how we image and imagine the past when there are gaps in documentation, and Abdelkarim will reflect on his performative project “Tadbikat” that brings together lectures, debates, critical responses, and creative quests, alongside organising performance nights under the title of Live Praxes.

ICA programme: Talks, Films and Performances

Thurs 11 April, 6 – 7pm: Queer City: Film Screening and Talk by João Simões (Brazil)

Artist, curator, researcher and educator João Simões shows and discusses the documentary Queer City (pictured left),directed by Danila Bustamante, which seeks to understand the contemporary city through a queer, intersectional, non-normative lens.

Thurs 11 April, 7pm: Lovers, Dogs and Rainbows: Performance by Rudi van der Merwe (Switzerland/South Africa)

This documentary film and performance project by renowned artist Rudi van der Merwe looks at heritage and identity as a springboard for charting the future coexistence of cultures, genders and life forms.

The ICA invites artists, art enthusiasts, students, academics, writers, researchers and members of the public to join in this rich interdisciplinary programme.

About the ICA

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) is an interdisciplinary institute in the University of Cape Town’s Humanities Faculty – formerly the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA). The ICA facilitates research projects in the creative and performing arts that disrupt boundaries, while underscoring creative education and practice across discipline and faculty. Interdisciplinarity, Live Art and Public Spheres are key themes of theiInstitute, and projects are imbued with innovation, collaboration and a dialogue with urbanism and community.

What: ICA programme: Talks, Films and Performances

When: Tuesday 9 April – Thursday 11 April

Where: UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town

Book: Free, but attendees must RSVP by emailing ica@uct.ac.za with the subject line ‘“Live Art Public Programme”