Tag: Issue 103

No progress for the “rainbow nation” without redress, says artist

In Things we lost in the Rainbow, artist Athi-Patra Ruga tries to reclaim the spaces from which he and many others have been historically exiled. By Ashraf Hendricks for GroundUp.

On a Monday evening earlier this month as part of the Live Arts Festival 2018, the Athi-Patra Studio took Capetonians on a two-hour procession with 35 performers through the city’s colonial origins. Using performance installations and psychedelic costumes, artist Athi-Patra Ruga was out to challenge the dominant narrative of South African history.

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Growth without losing our identity

The youth must use social innovation to ensure a successful future

Innovation has always been the foundation and centre of focus for ACTIVATE!. This innovation has been defined by the ability to come up with well thought out and sustainable ideas to the many problems our society faces.

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African Journalism: From idealism to cultural expressionism

The idea and ideal of objectivity has almost become a dirty word in journalism

In the last couple of months I have had the great pleasure to interact with journalists from around the continent through a range of conferences and workshops. This has given me an opportunity to reflect on some of the challenges currently facing journalism worldwide, but also in the particular context of the African continent.Challenges that at once cannot be divorced from global trends and forces currently facing journalism worldwide.

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Hard to be the isolated creative genius

From muse to the machine: creativity in the digital age

What is creativity? Can creative writing be taught? And what are the implications of technological advances for the fiction writer? These are some of the daunting questions tackled by Brian Chikwava, who is an artist in residence at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). He is also an award-winning writer and musician and he is at STIAS to work on his latest collection of short stories. In a seminar held on Stellenbosh campus he interrogates the notion of creativity.

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Is Cultural Sensitivity the new blasphemy?

Cultural identity in a modern constitutional democracy

The Films and Publications Board (FPB) regulates the production, exhibition and distribution of films, video games and some publications, as mandated in the Films and Publications Act of 1996. Whilst executing this mandate the board found itself in the middle of a media storm late in 2017. At issue was the film Inxeba: The Wound.

The film producers felt that the reclassification encroached on the constitutionally enshrined right to artistic expression.

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