Arts-based Research in Johannesburg: A conversation on time, practice and place

Bettina Malcomess, (University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, will be in conversation with Alison Rooke and Christian Von Wissell, (CUCR, Goldsmiths) on Friday 17th October at 4pm in RHB137, Goldsmiths College, London.

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Art process and practice offer the potential to can make apparent of the complexity of the everydayness of urban life.  Focusing on South African cities the speakers will discuss the significance of time and duration in creative processes and cultural policy.


Bettina Malcomess has been involved in a long term, investigation into Johannesburg, working with the numerous representations of the city in historical writing, urban theory, film, media and fiction. Her book Not No Place. Johannesburg, Fragments of Spaces and Times (co-authored with Dorothee Kreutzfeldt) presents a collection of moments in the city’s complex history, its contemporary spatial realities as well as its future projections. 


Alison Rooke and Christian von Wissel will discuss their research into Nine Urban Biotopes. (9UB) an international artistic residency exchange programme between South African and European cities. Driven by funding imperatives and project architecture, the 9UB socially-engaged artists undertook short-term residencies that responded to the specifics social and cultural context of South African cities. This required that they worked ‘from the middle’, in their making sense of the local whilst depending on co-operation , hospitality and  trust.


 Dr Alison Rooke is co-director of CUCR.

Christian Von Wissel is a PhD Candidate in Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths College, London and teaching assistant at Munich Technological Univerisity. (TUM)


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