GSA RESEARCH SEMINAR 2020 #2 Dr. Fazil Moradi
TRANSLATIONAL IMAGINARIES AND PLANETARY MEMORIES Presented by Dr Fazil Moradi "In our world of technological change and translational practices, we are observing multiple and widespread access to the violence of “the past”. Translation, I argue, entangles hospitality, opens up the past, and put us in touch with the untranslatable death that gives way to an undeterminable future. Against this backdrop, I assess how science and technology, politics and law, photographs, people, language, modernity’s infrastructure of annihilation, and evidentiary institutions institute and conserve tele-evidence that becomes central to political, national and planetary memories of political violence."
GSA RESEARCH SEMINAR 2020 #1 Prof. Nnamdi Elleh
HOW SHOULD WE BE RESEARCHING AFRICAN ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTION, URBANISM AND URBANISATION? Presented by Prof. Nnamdi Elleh Curated by Prof. Antonio Tomas Erick Gbolia’s Skyscrapers and Basilicas Grow on Cocoa Trees is a curious object that on the surface looks like a mere cartoon, but which, when explored in depth, tells and interrogates how political and business leaders, architects, planners and scholars, and the general audience, view and imagine the production of modern and contemporary buildings in different parts of the continent. While the historicisation of new architectural objects is acknowledged in different registers, the workers and the real sources of the wealth for building Africa’s contemporary spatial experiences are not acknowledged. How might we commiserate the role of labour and Africa’s natural resources in the construction of the contemporary city and its objects? This question forms the objective of the workshop.
GSA ILS # 1 Ngaire Blankenberg
Please join us at our very first International Lecture Series event for 2020. This year we will be exploring the intersection of architecture with a wide range of disciplines. ‘Museum Doctor’ Ngaire Blankenberg is internationally recognised for her work fixing museums, planning cultural destinations and revitalising urban spaces through culture. She is co-editor of Museums, Cities and Soft Power and the Manual of Digital Museum Planning. Ngaire’s work is guided by the belief that museums are too important to remain colonial, elitist and irrelevant. Yet here we are. Through her work advising over 50 museums and cultural projects in 35 cities on 5 continents, she is on a mission to diagnose what exactly is wrong with museums and how to put them right.
Land Earth City: Masterclass with Paloma Torres
In the making of form with clay, as handled, moulded and shaped, the sculpted and drawn object is a design and archive of its production and place. On the 24th February we invite you to join us for a masterclass with Mexican artist Paloma Torres, whose work is located in the territory between architecture and sculpture. The masterclass consists of a morning roundtable and evening artist talk. We understand this event as a platform for facilitating a dialogue on questions of local histories and epistemologies in relation to land, earth, architecture and the city across the global south, where the south is understood as a position, location and place.
GSA Staff win Serpentine Pavilion commission for 2020!
University of Johannesburg (UJ) Graduate School of Architecture staff, Sumayya Vally and Sarah de Villiers, together with Amina Kaskar, become the youngest ever all-woman team commissioned to design the Serpentine pavilion. The 20-year-old Serpentine is one of the most prestigious commissions in the architecture world. The commission, to create an experimental temporary structure in London’s Kensington Gardens, is one of the most prestigious architectural events of the year. The Serpentine Galleries announced that 2020's architects would be the South African studio Counterspace, which is led by Vally and De Villiers, both lecturers at UJ, and Kaskar the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).
Visions 20/20: 5 Year Retrospective of the Graduate School of Architecture UJ
Opening: Monday 17th February at 18:00 In this exhibition, we reflect on the visionaries that have crafted the flagship Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg; including its staff, its supporters, but also most importantly, its student visionaries. We celebrate the stellar work that has grown, emerged and extrapolated deeply complex, trans-continental issues in spatial practice; and use it as a gaze toward a continued, and ever expanding horizon that strives for excellence, imagination and criticality. Hindsight may certainly be 20/20, but from here we look forward into a newly created courageous space of architectural pedagogical pursuit, ever further to be imagined and fought for, ever more deeply.