As part of our multimodal approach and inclusion of experiential learning in the curriculum, we get out of the classroom.

Postgrad Excursion to Maputo 2015

Postgraduate students in the History of Art department travelled to Maputo, Mozambique on a research excursion in September. While there they met with and interviewed Gonçalo Mabunda at an exhibition of his work at Fundação Fernando Leite Couto.   Students pose at an exhibition of Gonçalo Mabunda’s work at Fundação Fernando Leite...

Great Zimbabwe on CNN

Postgraduate student, Griffin Shea, published an article on CNN about the History of Art postgraduate excursion to Great Zimbabwe. Read it here.

Joburg Graffiti Tour, August 2013

In the context of the third year course on constructs of Africa (History of Art III C), we go on a 2-hour inner-city graffiti tour of Braamfontein. Revisiting Alfred Gell’s understanding of artworks as ‘embodiments or residues of complex intentionalities’, and guided by archaeologist and inner-city tour guide Jo Buitendach of Past Experiences, we reflect on possible connections between graffiti and rock...

Nirox // Sterkfontein Excursion, March 2013

As part of the ‘Landscape’ section of History of Art II A, students leave the classroom to go on an afternoon excursion to Sterkfontein Caves and Nirox Sculpture Park. Guided by Tim Ingold’s concept of the temporality of the landscape, we begin with an underground, deep-time experience in the dark, damp, cathedral-like but at times claustrophobic caves, which include an underground lake of unknown depth. We board the bus again to venture down the road to Nirox, where we begin a 1.5-hour hike through the nature reserve to experience contemporary land artist Richard Long’s Standing Stone Circle (2010), a circle of stones arranged around a menhir on a hilltop, monumental and timeless as a response to the many examples of circular stone configurations from different eras and different parts of the...

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