BRUNDYN TALKS

BRUNDYN+ is pleased to present Brundyn Talks, a series of monthly talks, which will be held at the gallery’s video room. The talks are a platform for the public to engage with interdisciplinary discourse presented by artists, curators, academics, literary scholars, musicians and film-makers to name but a few.


#7   Conjuring Urban Publics
with Edgar Pieterse
In the seventh talk, Professor Edgar Pieterse reflectively (and speculatively) considers our attempts to conjure a plurality of new urban publics through visually rich books, unconventional deliberative forums, international magazines and journals, and most significantly, the exhibition format. Pieterse will consider what the grammar of these diverse evocations might add up to. The talk will also anticipate the imminent opening of ACC’s exhibition on Cape Town: _City Desired_.


#6   The Sublime Mask of Racism: Colourblindness in Post 1994 Art Writing
with Athi Mongezeleli Joja
In the sixth talk, Athi Mongezeleli Joja proposes that the white supremacist machine remains intact 20 years after Mandela’s ‘magical’ revolution. And unlike a rabbit inside a hat, structural racism has not disappeared with the adoption of colourblindness as a national project. Instead, colourblindness becomes the rhetorical alibi that insulates the persistent force of white supremacy.


#5   The Global Biscuit Mill: Gentrification in Los Angeles and Cape Town
with Dylan Valley
Join documentary filmmaker Dylan Valley in a frank discussion on gentrification and related themes of neoliberalism, hybridity and globalisation from the City of Angels to the Mother City. Valley will screen his short documentary on the gentrification of the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, as well as excerpts from a work in progress by Kurt Orderson and Najma Nuriddin, which looks at gentrification in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Brooklyn, New York.

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#4   TALKING NOLLYWOOD
with Nomusa Makhubu
By way of a critical analysis of the fantastic in Nollywood, Nomusa Makhubu interrogates the visual language of the video-film medium through a discussion of other forms of artistic media such as photography, video art, and performance art. The fantastic themes, such as ‘magic’, ‘fetishism’ and violence, conveyed through new media open up a field of questions regarding contemporary social-political dynamics.

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#3   REVOLTING MUSIC: A BRIEF SURVEY OF THE SONGS THAT LIBERATED SOUTH AFRICA
with Neo Muyanga
Neo Muyanga focuses on a survey of protest songs that played a key role in South Africa’s liberation.

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#2   GRADATIONS IN A BLUR
with Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal focuses on the contemporary in African art, framing its inquiry in the broader context of an art world in flux. Through the key trope of blurring, misprision, or ‘blindsight’, Jamal argues that the art world is best understood through an interpretive slippage or aggravated tension between the analogue and the digital, the thing and its disappearance. Discussing artists ranging from Willem Boshoff to Ghanian artist El Anatsui and the first London-based African Art Fair – 1: 54, Jamal poses the question ‘Why is African art big today?’


#1   A TOUR OF THE RUINS OF TABLE VIEW
with Chad Rossouw
Chad Rossouw, gallery artist and lecturer at Ruth Prowse contemplates the anti-Sublime, the South Easter in Cape Town, ruins as allegory, the disappointed Romantic, and bleakness as an aesthetic strategy in the work of photographers like Pieter Hugo, Vincent Bezuidenhout and Cameron Platter’s strange recent foray into the photographic medium.

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