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Skotnes and Keene’s “Made in Translation” Rock Art Exhibition at the South African Museum, Cape Town

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“Made in Translation: Images from and of the Landscape,” is an exhibition at the Iziko South African Museum showcasing the varying ways in which landscapes have been “translated” or transformed via rock art. Copies/translations of rock art paintings are central features of the exhibition, illustrating the place and function of rock art amongst other forms of translation.

Pippa Skotnes, director of the Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art UCT, and Petro Keene of Iziko Social History are the curators of the exhibition. “Made in Translation” opened to the public on the 21st of November and will run until September 2011:

Paintings and engravings are everywhere in the southern African landscape. They are the creative expressions of ideas that were once alive in the conversations around the campfire and in the rites of passage that marked the milestones of human life. Today these paintings and engravings have become sources of great longing, their meanings elusive; the impulses that gave rise to them often hotly debated.

For more about how we see and understand San rock art, pick up Seeing and Knowing: Rock Art with and without Ethnography edited by Geoffrey Blundell, Christopher Chippindale and Benjamin Smith.

Seeing and Knowing

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  • Seeing and Knowing: Rock Art with and without Ethnography edited by Geoffrey Blundell, Christopher Chippindale, Benjamin Smith
    EAN: 9781868145133
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Boekehuis Saturday Voices: South Africa After Mbeki – Development or Decline?

Wits Press and Boekehuis invite you to a Saturday Voices discussion on “South Africa after Thabo Mbeki”, which will take as its departure point articles from two new Wits Press titles, Mbeki and After: Reflections on the Legacy of Thabo Mbeki and New South African Review 1: 2010: Development or Decline?.

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Mbeki and After: Reflections on the Legacy of Thabo Mbeki  New South African ReviewIs South Africa embarking on a long-term decline or will it realise its potential for a society premised upon social equality, social coherence and sustainability? Daryl Glaser, author of Mbeki and After will discuss this question with Peter Vale, Roger Southall and Eusebius McKaiser. Join the conversation this Saturday at Boekehuis Bookshop.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 20 November 2010
  • Time: 12:00 PM for 12:30 PM
  • Venue: Boekehuis Bookshop
    Corner Lothbury Road and Fawley Avenue
    Auckland Park
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest Speakers: Eusebius McKaiser, Peter Vale, Roger Southall
  • RSVP:, 011 482 3609

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Chris Thurman Presents Sport Versus Art

Sport Versus ArtSport and the arts may compete for sponsors and for public interest, but do they necessarily stand in opposition to one another? Why is it so often assumed that sport is popular because it is an unintelligent endeavour? And why is it apparently inevitable that there is an element of elitism in the arts? Have we drawn a false dichotomy between the two pursuits? What do we make of arts practitioners and ‘intellectuals’ who are passionate about sport? Or sports buffs who take a keen interest in literature, music, theatre, dance and the visual arts?

Sport versus Art is a collection of essays, commentaries, personal memoirs and humorous pieces attempting to answer these and other questions about a fraught relationship at the heart of South Africa’s public life. There has never been a publication of this kind – it brings together a range of contributions from sport and arts journalists, arts practitioners, academics and other writers. The book’s appearance in 2010 is timely; the links between sport, the arts and public life in South Africa will continue to be a significant part of national discussions and debates at every level, from the shebeen and the braai all the way to parliament.

About the editor

Chris Thurman dabbled in sports science before realising that his vocation lay in more literary pursuits. After stints in Grahamstown, London, Nagoya and Cape Town, he joined the Department of English Literature at Wits University in Johannesburg, where he is currently a lecturer. He has also been a regular contributor to The Weekender, The Sunday Independent and various other publications as an arts critic and travel writer. His other books are Text Bites, a multi-genre anthology for high school learners (Oxford University Press, 2009) and the scholarly work Guy Butler: Reassessing a South African Literary Life (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2010).

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