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  • Olivier, Gerrit (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    Are the binary oppositions postulated between theoretical and practical knowledge, and between western and African philosophy—as in the call for this conference—valid or useful for artistic research? This paper asks where ...
  • Moila, Molemo; Mokgotho, Nare; Gamedze, Thulile (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    This roundtable discussion served as an open sharing session where a selection of young practitioners could reflect on themes such as claiming knowledge in unknowable spaces, claiming knowledge outside the epistemic bounds ...
  • Khutsoane, Tshego; Nkosi, Les; Janse Van Vuuren, Petro (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    Can an arts-based research enquiry reach into the silences between us as South Africans? This workshop on “Redemptive Theatre” showed how playing with dominant, habitual, and unpopular narratives can disrupt boundaries, ...
  • Hoosen, Leyya (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    What are different ways of doing knowledge production and practice? This paper presents an approach to research that combines ethnographic analysis and poetic analysis. By using the structure as well as the content of the ...
  • Toltz, Joseph (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    How has the issue of value been used to question peer review as a process for recognising quality and excellence in humanities and creative arts research? This paper will address issues of value in data collection, ...
  • Liebenberg, Visser (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    How can forms of sound writing be used for a project in artistic research? Based on the author’s own experimentation with sound writing for the clarinet, this paper argues that sound writing is a manner of engaging with ...
  • Stolp, Mareli (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    Can artistic research be understood as an African epistemology? Through a mapping of the field of African epistemology together with the key notions of artistic research, this paper argues for the decolonising potential ...
  • Mzimela, Phumelele (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    How does a classic song like Nontsokolo, discussed and newly imagined, tell us a larger musical story that South African jazz history has forgotten? This paper revisits the “classic” vocal jazz piece Hamba Nontsokolo, which ...
  • Andrew, David; Barry, Hedwig (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    What does it mean to engage in artistic research over a period of a one-year Master of Arts in Fine Arts (MAFA) project? In this discussion, a student (Barry) and supervisor (Andrew) reflected on this digressionary trajectory ...
  • Athene, Nico (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    This performance-lecture explored embodied, relational practice as an experiential site of queer, non-exploitative modalities.
  • Shoro, Katleho Kano (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    What does it mean to re-evaluate ideas of beauty in Africa? Using performance as a research methodology and the idea of serurubele (“butterfly” in Sesotho and Setswana) as a heuristic device, this performance-lecture ...
  • Mahlangu, Nhlanhla; Taylor, Jane (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    Chant is an astonishing piece, combining a potent engagement with Ritual as Theatre/Theatre as Ritual, and is a work through which Mahlangu explores his multi-dimensional and cross-generational relations as a source of ...
  • Khan, Sharlene; Asfour, Fouad (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    The Decolonial AestheSis Parcours is made up of exercises informed not only by recent theories around decolonial aestheSis, but by Black and African Feminist creativities, Critical Race Theories, postcolonial histories, ...
  • Duby, Marc; Cooper, Paul (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    This improvised performance drew from a shared body of knowledge in which the aesthetic outcome (as “product”) is considered as of lesser significance than the underlying artistic and creative processes (the real-time ...
  • Motholo, Dimakatso (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    How are a new generation of South African cultural entrepreneurs decolonising the perception of what education/knowledge means as they produce other forms of learning, success and survival in the township? This hybrid ...
  • Senong, Kolodi (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    Can the politics, art, and ideas of a complex figure such as the thinker, poet, and painter, Lefifi Tladi, be explored through a series of portrait studies? Through a series of mixed media and graphic portraits, I seek to ...
  • Foli, Jessica (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    What happens when the source of knowledge is part of a unique oral history passed down from generation to generation? How do we frame such knowledge? How do we nurture the development of knowledge based on African folktale, ...
  • Dash, Kathyayini (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    This paper argues that the meeting of practice and academic scholarship constructs the figure of the artist-fieldworker in critical ways, while also giving rise to particular kinds of ethical, formal, and procedural questions ...
  • Fleishman, Mark (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    What impact do the specific institutional contexts in which we produce research have on the artwork? What would an ethical approach to the work of art-making entail with reference to these institutional pressures/distortions?
  • ka Ngcobo, Balindile (Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020-07)
    Can code-switching destabilize the racist and sexist hegemonies that perpetuate themselves within the English language as it (con)figures the Black Womxn in society, and consequently, on stage?

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