16 episodes

How do Live Artists see, think, listen, respond and create? The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town dives into this question via long-form interviews with South African artists and curators who perform or curate Live Art. Join us on site and in studio as we explore ground-breaking performances, public interventions and participatory installations – and the fascinating minds that bring them into being.

The ICA Podcast The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA)

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How do Live Artists see, think, listen, respond and create? The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town dives into this question via long-form interviews with South African artists and curators who perform or curate Live Art. Join us on site and in studio as we explore ground-breaking performances, public interventions and participatory installations – and the fascinating minds that bring them into being.

    S2E07: nomi blum

    S2E07: nomi blum

    “When my grandmother died, I thought about all the stories that she took with her in the ground, and I thought a lot about how, in Romania, you have so many people having such interesting memories and interesting pasts that are not archived… And I started to record things because I talk a lot with people – I think that's what makes me happiest, you know, to encounter people and learn from them and exchange things.”

    Romanian interdisciplinary artist nomi blum invites us into the experimental performance space, and rich written and aural archive of Fragments of Encounters – an immersive installation, first performed at the Infecting the City public art festival in 2019, that emerged out of blum’s everyday encounters and conversations with people of different ages, backgrounds, nationalities and languages. 

     

    The ICA Podcast is creation of the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town. Read more about the ICA and the vision for the podcast: http://www.ica.uct.ac.za/ica/podcast/Season2.

    Produced and edited by Catherine Boulle.

    • 38 min
    S2E06: Athi-Patra Ruga

    S2E06: Athi-Patra Ruga

    “Post 1994, it felt like you were being made part of a body national, and there was something slightly and softly violent about it... Utopia, balloons, zebras, multi colours – all of those things, for me, were used to be a very dark critique of the utopia that we thought we built in South Africa for ourselves. The one that we burn people for.”

    Performance artist Athi-Patra Ruga takes us on an immersive journey through the sights, sounds and movement of his epic retrospective work, Things We Lost in the Rainbow. Performed at the 2018 ICA Live Art Festival curated by Jay Pather, Things We Lost in the Rainbow unfolded as a two-hour long multi-sited, multi-media procession in which a cast of over 30 avatars led the audience through Cape Town’s city centre, from the digital dome of the Planetarium to the walls of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God on Buitenkant Street.

     

    Music by Blue Dot Sessions, and additional sounds and music are from Athi-Patra Ruga's video works Over the Rainbow and Public Service Announcement.

    The ICA Podcast is creation of the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town. Produced and edited by Catherine Boulle.

    Read more about the ICA and the vision for the podcast: http://www.ica.uct.ac.za/ica/podcast/Season2.

     

    • 39 min
    S2E05: Gavin Krastin

    S2E05: Gavin Krastin

    “I just knew that I wanted the audience to be the catalyst, or driver, of the action. I don't know if it's from a particular type of training in theatre, but there's always so much pressure to do, and to fill the space with actions and sounds and whatever. And we find the audience doing the complete opposite. They're just like, sitting there quite still and quietly. And I knew I wanted to kind of flip that around.”


    Winner of the 2021 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art, Gavin Krastin, invites us into the intimate Bindery theatre to re-experience his visceral and spectacular 2018 participatory performance Yet to be Determined – a haunting meditation on vulnerability, connection, pain, personhood and transformation.


    The ICA Podcast is creation of the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town. Read more about the ICA and the vision for the podcast: http://www.ica.uct.ac.za/ica/podcast/Season2.


    Produced and edited by Catherine Boulle.

    • 34 min
    S2E04: Nomcebisi Moyikwa

    S2E04: Nomcebisi Moyikwa

    “In the beginning, I began to think: ‘Okay, how can I save the world?' Now, I'm more like: ‘What kind of world do I want to live in?’ And how can my expressions become a language that begins these worlds. As a proposition of another kind – I think what Fred Moten calls ‘another kind of presencing’; another way of presencing yourself. I'm proposing a way of presencing oneself.”


    Join us as we journey with choreographer and academic Nomcebisi Moyikwa through the research, creation and performance of her 2017 work Qash Qash. Comprised of a series of visually and aurally arresting portraits of black subjectivity, Qash Qash is both an exploration of, and an insistence on, everyday moments of aliveness; lineage and continuity; sexual pleasure; interruptions; and community.


    The ICA Podcast is creation of the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town. Read more about the ICA and the vision for the podcast: http://www.ica.uct.ac.za/ica/podcast/Season2.


    Produced and edited by Catherine Boulle.

    • 30 min
    S2E03: Kopano Maroga

    S2E03: Kopano Maroga

    “Associating Jesus with whiteness, associating Jesus with the upper class, the way that this person gets utilised sociopolitically – it's completely antithetical to everything that he was, and everything that he ministered. And so, I guess, I just needed to re-script that, and the way that I could re-script that was by projecting or taking my biography and putting it into the life of Jesus.”


    Performance artist, writer and cultural worker Kopano Maroga guides us through the reverberant soundscape and rich imagery of their 2019 performance, Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations, and considers how their spiritual background, study of comparative mythology, and reading of Saidiya Hartman’s concept of “critical fabulation” shaped and inspired the making of the work.


    The ICA Podcast is creation of the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town. Read more about the ICA and the vision for the podcast: http://www.ica.uct.ac.za/ica/podcast/Season2.


    Produced and edited by Catherine Boulle.

    • 37 min
    S2E02: Donna Kukama

    S2E02: Donna Kukama

    “I didn't want to become trapped in this cycle of only speaking about violence when speaking of marginalised bodies’ experiences. I wanted to know, also, how we heal, how do we stay afloat? How do we survive? How do we begin to change the narrative, to own the narrative in different ways?”


    Visual artist Donna Kukama invites us into her immersive 2018 performance, We the Not-Not People! -Things done, not told. Inscribed, not written. Reflecting on the conception and performance of We the Not-Not People, Kukama explores multiple intersecting forms of oppression, alongside questions of memorialisation and healing.


    The ICA Podcast is creation of the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town. Read more about the ICA and the vision for the podcast: http://www.ica.uct.ac.za/ica/podcast/Season2.


    Produced and edited by Catherine Boulle.

    • 35 min

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