30 May 2018

Opportunity Description

Rhodes University Department of Fine Arts

Hosted by the Art on our Mind Research Group, the Rhodes Faculty of  Humanities and the Andrew Mellon Decolonial Turn Fund

The Art on our Mind research group, headed by Dr Sharlene Khan, in the Department of Fine Art, will be holding a Decolonial AestheSis  Creative Laboratory between the 8th and 14th of July 2018, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Decolonial Turn Funds. The Creative Lab is a praxis-based lab aimed at introducing participants to decolonial aestheSis theory, innovative practitioners and experimental process-based methodologies, in order to stimulate creativities. Our guests include Prof Bhekizizwe  Peterson, South African literature scholar and screen writer; Mr Jon Alpert, American award-winning journalist and documentarian; Ms Laura Andel, Argentine composer; German-South African arts writer and editor Mr Fouad Asfour and Ms Vibha Galhotra, Indian visual artist (please see biographies below).

The DA Creative Lab has place for 40 participants, and acceptance into the Creative Lab is based on selection through an application process. Interested persons must have an active interest in the arts (music, performance, visual culture, visual arts/’fine art’, journalism) and preferably a practice in the arts fields. The cost of the Creative Lab is R200 (any student not able to afford this fee can write to Dr Khan for an exemption). Individuals who are chosen for the Creative Lab must be able to attend the full seven-day lab, from morning to evening sessions (no exceptions), and will participate in all activities related or unrelated to their fields – part of the challenge, but fun of this lab, is being exposed to creativity in an inter-disciplinary manner.

How to Apply

Selection of candidates is made on the basis of a creative presentation that is submitted to the Art on our Mind selection committee. You will find 3 texts on the Decolonial Aesthesis Creative Lab blogspot that will form the basis of the Decolonial AestheSis Creative Lab. Once you have read them, create a presentation in any form (literary, visual, musical, performative) that demonstrates how your praxis is/might be influenced by decolonial aestheSis theories, and how you think it will affect your trajectory/thinking about creativities. The emphasis in this Creative Lab is on the mutual relationship between theory and praxis (but is primarily praxis-based). Literary submissions must not be more than 5 pages, and any audio-visual presentations not more than 5 mins. Selection of the  inal participants will be based on the innovation and creativity (and understanding of the importance of decolonialising aestheTics) of the submissions.

Creative submissions and the application form must be submitted to Dr Sharlene Khan on the following email address: artonourmind@gmail.com.

For any queries, please email Dr Khan on s.khan@ru.ac.za.