Culture on Track (Seeing is Believing) – London September 2016

Written by Veronica C Wilkinson.

London as a cultural Mecca did not disappoint this pilgrim on a recent visit to its ever changing skyline and neuron stimulating events. The newly inaugurated London Design Biennale showcased offerings from 37 countries at Somerset House and the London Festival presented works at other venues around the city featuring work that was uniquely globally specific and often innovative. The Biennale was themed ‘Utopia by Design’ where a type of material impressionism in terms of style was embodied by Australia’s Brodie Neill with his work entitled ‘Plastic effects’ reflecting the current global threat of non-biodegradable waste in our oceans. In the courtyard Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s sensitive kinetic installation described as an abstract meteorological machine inspired by weather-measuring instruments created links through time and between disciplines that emphasized the role of alternative energy for a more sustainable future.

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Call For Papers – SAVAH Conference 2016


28-31 July 2016, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, University of Johannesburg

Organising committee: Prof Federico Freschi (SAVAH President), Prof Karen von Veh (SAVAH President ex-officio), Prof Brenda Schmahmann (South African Research Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture, University of Johannesburg), Prof Judy Peter (University of Johannesburg), Landi Raubenheimer (SAVAH Secretary).

Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof Steven Nelson, Director, African Studies Center, UCLA, Los Angeles

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Postgraduate Scholarships: South African Art and Visual Culture


NRF Research Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture
University of Johannesburg

The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg invites applications for postgraduate scholarships from those seeking to be part of a dynamic research programme that is specifically focused on South African art and visual culture. The research envisaged by applicants should be on South African themes (or topics pertinent to South Africa) which fall broadly within at least one of the following three rubrics:

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