Posted: 15 April 2020
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Dialogues with Dust. © Fred Swart

An Online Quarantine Marathon: Dialogues with Dust

A GSA Unit 18 and GSA Unit 13 initiative.

Dialogues with Dust consist of a series of curated online and offline talks, seminars, atmospheric reconstructions, concert-lectures and films interspersed with reading groups and drawing workshops. This series of dialogues raises issues and phenomena relevant to Egypt, Namibia, Johannesburg; and their hauntings, dust, spectres, edge conditions, ancient deserts and contemporary global catastrophes. The wide-spread of Covid-19 alerts us to the unavoidable planetarity of our current moment, asking us to reflect on our entanglements and impact on health, territory and climate. Through the notion of dust, we also contemplate phenomena long since dormant, against those ruptured, urgent and insurgent into atmospheres we inhabit. This marathon engages with a wide range of practices and ways of thinking and making architecture, place, and the world.

Presenter line-up included:
Dr. Haytham Nawar (AUC & Cairotronica, Cairo)
Dr. Tegan Bristow (Wits & Fak’ugesi, Jhb)
Tova Lubinsky (UTS, Sydney)
Endriana Audisho (UTS, Syndey)
Dr. Dale Kitchin (NICD)
Prof. Elke Krasny (Vienna)
Dr. Ashley Kruger (Swedish Royal Museum of Natural History, Stockholm)
Naadira Patel (Wits & StudioStudioWorkWork, Jhb)
Bongani Kona (Chimurenga, Cape Town)
Dr. Aya Nassar (Durham, London)
Heidi Lu (GSA, Jhb)
Sara Salem (LSE, London)
Joseph Grima (Milan)
Dr. Bihter Almaç (ITU, Istanbul)
Zara Julius (Jhb)
Kgao Bonaventure Mashego (Jhb)
Frederick Kannemeyer (Jhb)
Paulo Tavares (Brasil)
Prof. Jasper Knight (Wits, Jhb)
Nina Barnett (Jhb)
Jeremy Bolen (Atlanta)
Lori Brown (New York)
Sumayya Vally (Counterspace, U12R, Jhb)
Patti Anahory (Cape Verde)
Dr. Thandi Loewenson (RCA, London)
Dr. David Roberts (Bartlett, UCL, London)
Thi Phuong-Trâm Nguyen (CU, Montreal)
Thelma Ndebele (Jhb)