Between 2009 and 2012, the Gordon Institute for the Performing and Creative Arts in Cape Town held the Great Texts/Big Questions public lecture series which became a celebrated part of Cape Town’s cultural landscape, demonstrating current intellectual and creative thinking in South Africa. These lectures gave audiences a chance to engage with transformative texts and questions, to hear thought leaders speak on the ideas, the books, the art, and the films that matter to them and to us.
How do we define a ‘South African culture’ and heritage, and how might this be expressed in coats of arms and the fonts we type in? Kurt Campbell, lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, posed these questions at a recent HUMA seminar on 10 September, in his talk titled ‘Politics of the Sans Serif’.
A City Refracted is a visual journey symbolically reflecting the shifting typographies of the inner city of Johannesburg. Using an experimental style of street photography, Graeme Williams' work suggests waves of movement and migration, of promise and intrusion, inextricably tied to Egoli's spatial and social order.
An overview of the late Professor Neville Dubow’s oeuvre that spans 30 years and pays tribute to an important photographer and educator. He was director of the Michaelis School of Fine Art (1971-1988), retiring in 1998, and founding director of the Irma Stern Museum.