December 2009 (Full Text)
Interactive Digital Media ?Colab? 2009
December 2009
The Digital Arts Division of the Wits School of Arts ended the year with another super successful collaborative projects series. The 3D Animation group and the Interactive Digital Media group joined forces to present ?Children of the Lab? a joint evening of show & tell, performances, installation and screenings. The interactive media group showed three successful collaborations.
Dr John Kani is awarded the ACT Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award
December 2009
For the past 10 years, the ACT awards have acknowledged and celebrated excellence in arts, culture and heritage in South Africa. This year Dr John Kani, Wits Dramatic Art?s Carnegie Resident Fellow, awarded the ACT Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award.
November 2009
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Welcoming Prof Georges Pfruender - The New Head of WSOA
November 2009
The new Head of the Wits School of Arts, Prof Georges Pfruender, was welcomed at a lunchtime event held at the School on 9 October. After a warm introduction by Prof Tawana Kupe, the Dean of Humanities, Prof Pfruender spoke about the central three themes that will guide his leadership of the School over the four years of his appointment.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
November 2009
Applications for 2010 close on 30 November 2009.
The Division of Visual Arts, Wits School of Arts, in conjunction with the Wits School of Education, coordinates the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Visual Arts Education programme. This is a one-year full-time, two-year part-time professional educator qualification.
Vice-Chancellor?s Academic Citizenship Individual Award goes to David Andrew
November 2009
David Andrew, senior lecturer in Fine Arts and Art Education, in the Division of Visual Arts, was awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor?s Academic Citizenship Individual Award at a function on 3 October 2009.

Music students in Berlin
November 2009
Half a dozen Wits Music students were accepted into the Miagi Youth Orchestra for 2009, which toured Germany in August. Third-year BMus student Ilke Alexander writes about her experiences in the Orchestra.
On Location - C30
November 2009
The C30 Project is a process that began in March 2007. In the project, artists David Andrew and Marcus Neustetter have worked with learners, students and teachers at the P.J. Simelane Secondary School in Dobsonville, Soweto, on a series of on-site interventions.
Brent George Speaks at WSOA
November 2009
Brent George, Director of Art Animation for Avatar: The Game gave a presentation to Wits Animation students on the 5th October. The Canadian animator was in South Africa for rAge 2009, the annual gaming expo hosted at the Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate.
Colin Richards - Parrot Parrot
November 2009
Colin Richards? solo exhibition Parrot Parrot opened at GALLERY AOP on 8 October 2009, and follows on his last exhibition held at the same gallery in 2003.
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Pippa Tshabalala - Telling Death
November 2009
Telling Death is a public narrative-building work that challenges people to get involved and craft their own version of gaming character deaths. These range from the haunting and poetic, to wry tongue-in-cheek caption one-liners.
Master of Arts in the Public Sphere (MAPS) - Pascal Bracher in South Africa
November 2009
Pascal Bracher is a postgraduate Master of Arts in the Public Sphere (MAPS) student from the Lucerne School of Art and Design. He will exhibit a selection of work produced during the exchange at the Substation Gallery in February 2010.
Advanced Certificate in Education (Arts and Culture)
November 2009
WSOA, in conjunction with the Wits School of Education, coordinates the Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) (Arts and Culture), a two-year, part-time, in-service teacher education programme. This is a programme designed to support those teachers who deliver the Arts and Culture Learning Area in their schools.
Penelope and the Cosmos
Karel Nel and Willem Boshoff
November 2009
3 November - 15 December
Circa on Jellicoe Art Gallery
Mantra and Koapeng at Arts on Main
November 2009
Arts on Main (, in collaboration with Wits Music composer Mokale Koapeng, presents Karlheinz Stockhausen?s Mantra, for two pianos and electronics, on 5 November at 8pm; Admission free.
Judd Simantov Presentation at Digital Arts
November 2009

4th Year Final Exhibitions 2009
November 2009
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Children of the Lab
November 2009
Come experience the exhibition of 3D animations and Interactive Artworks.
Tuesday 17 November 2009 - 18:30
Convent Building WSOA. Full text...

October 2009 (Full Text)
Pepita Ferrari at Wits TV
October 2009
International award winning documentary filmmaker, Pepita Ferrari, paid Wits TV students and staff a visit last week, where she presented a master class on her latest feature Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary?.
Fusion Arts Exchange Programme 2009
October 2009
Third-year Music student Camron Andrews writes about his experiences on the recent Fusion Arts programme that took place in America.

Can a sophisticated electronic circuit board be created in a fine arts print studio?
October 2009
This exciting research collaboration between a Digital Arts lecturer and an Electrical Engineering postgraduate aims to prototype an affordable circuit board for African arts and design practitioners to use in the creation of interactive electronic devices.
Prof Christo Doherty addresses the broadcasting industry
October 2009
Head of Digital Arts, Prof Christo Doherty, has been speaking at several industry forums on the implications of digital technology for
September 2009 (Full Text)
Digital Soiree - The Verge at WSOA
September 2009
Wednesday 30th September 2009
Get to meet the people behind The Verge, South Africa s first daily gaming show, and find out how the show has evolved over the past year!
September 2009
An Exhibition by
Walter Oltman and Hentie van der Merwe
Tuseday 8 September - Sunday 27 September
Drama for Life Festival 2009
September 2009
"Changing the face of HIV/AIDS, Changing our consciousness"
Festival Programme

Upcoming Exhibition by Colin Richards

8 October to 31 October
At Art On Paper

Wits Music?s new Recording Studio
September 2009
This semester Wits Music unveiled a new recording facility offering students the opportunity to work in an environment that is on par with what they will encounter in the professional world. The facility is comprised of a sound-proofed control room, and a treated and sound-proofed recording room.
?Razz or jock?? ? Czech and South African musicians launch genre-defying new album
September 2009
The Jonathan Crossley Band is what you get when you ask two Czechs and three South Africans to make a mixture of rock and jazz.
Read more at Radio Prague...
Carla Busuttil
September 2009
"Tuxed Fucks - and other curious outfits"
at Gimpel Fils - London
How is power represented? Carla Busuttil explores notions of power and authority in her paintings of world leaders, politicians and other influential figures.
2008 Vice Chancellors Award for Individual Teaching goes to Joni Brenner, Principal Tutor in the Division of Visual Arts, WSOA
September 2009
Joni Brenner, lecturer in Art History at the Wits School of Arts was awarded the Vice Chancellor?s award for individual teaching for 2008.
August 2009 (Full text)
A Battle in 80 Words
August 2009
A plaque shortly to be installed at Ellis Park in Johannesburg represents an aspect of the WSOA Heritage Studies collaboration with the City of Joburg which is coming along in leaps and bounds. We were asked to compose the wording for the plaque which turned out to be incredibly challenging.
Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph s Youth Oratorio for Choir and Ensemble of Seven
August 2009
The internationally recognised South African composer, Professor Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph was commissioned by the University of Johannesburg Arts Academy to compose an Oratorio for the renowned UJ Choir under the experienced direction of Renette Bouwer.
25th Annual Conference of the South African Visual Art Historians
August 2009
The recent 25th Annual Conference of the South African Visual Art Historians in Pretoria saw a reunion of 8 of the original founding members, who attended the first conference in 1984.

?Nollywood?s Transportability as Cultural Product?
August 2009
Professor Jyoti Mistry and Mr Jordache A. Ellapen from the WSOA: Division of Film and Television recently presented a paper at the conference: Nollywood and Beyond: Transnational Dimensions of the African Video Industry, held in Mainz, Germany in May 2009.
July 2009 (Full Text)
Roger Ballen Foundation/WSOA Lecture Series
July 2009
In collaboration with the Roger Ballen Foundation, the Wits School of Arts is hosting a series of lectures, talks and workshops by Professor Shelley Rice from New York University to coincide with the exhibition of work by acclaimed Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, which opens at the Johannesburg Art Gallery at 4pm on Sunday 26 July 2009.
Digital Arts Artist in Residence: Laura Nova
July 2009
Digital Arts is happy to announce that artist Laura Nova will be Artist in Residence at the division from the 6th July to the 12th September. In that time she will be giving a Diva Talk on her work on the 30th of July titled Crying On Cue. She will also be having a small exhibition at the Sub-Station from the 22nd to the 29th of August.
Music Masterclasses & Workshops
July 2009
After a successful masterclass given by Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, and a fascinating workshop led by Carlo Mombelli and French group Lutherie Urbaine, Wits Music presents four more masterclasses and workshops in the second semester.
June 2009 (Full Text)
The Jonathan Crossley Band? on tour in Europe
June 2009
In February of this year Wits University hosted the final concert of the Czech Mate tour, with participating musicians from the Czech Republic and South Africa.

Digital Arts & Electrical Engineering
June 2009
The Interactive Digital Media MA students have once again had the unique pleasure of having an Electrical Engineering MA student give them a three week workshop.

Honorary Doctor of Music for Abdullah Ibrahim
June 2009
Legendary South African pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Wits University on 7 May 2009. In conferring upon him this honour, the University takes cognisance of his cultural and political contribution to the country and beyond for over half a century.
Music Students in America
June 2009
Wits Music students Chris Lesapo and Camron Andrews (pictured right) are two of four South African music students chosen to attend the Fusion Arts Exchange summer programme in America.

Memorial Concert for Prof. Walter Mony
June 2009
Following the passing of Professor Walter Mony on 1 January 2009, Wits Music held a memorial concert on 24 May in the Atrium to celebrate his life and musical work.

May 2009 (Full Text)
Prof Alan Crump April 1949 ? 1 May 2009
May 2009
Artist and educator, Alan Crump passed away on May 1, 2009, just after his sixtieth Birthday. He was born in Durban, Natal. He had attended the Michaelis School of Art for BA and MA Fine Arts degrees and he received a Fulbright Scholarship for an MFA at the University of California at Los Angeles.
WALE: Equity Scholars
May 2009
Leading international academics, film makers, novelists and artists will be headlining the Wits Arts and Language Experience (WALE). These include renowned documentary filmmaker and early South African film historian Peter Davis, whose book In Darkest Hollywood: Exploring the jungles of cinemas South Africa (1996) has been an important contribution to understanding black cinema in South Africa during apartheid.
Wits Composers: 2008 in Review
May 2009
Throughout 2008, Wits composition students produced exciting new work and were rewarded through a dazzling array of both recognition and awards.

Jazz Great at Wits
May 2009
One of the world?s greatest living jazz pianist-composers, Abdullah Ibrahim, will be making a rare appearance in South Africa with his New York band Ekaya.
They will be giving free, public masterclasses at Wits to young jazz musicians, Yonela Mnana (piano), Stephen Shapiro (drums), and Camron Andrews (sax).
Soft Serve at the Wits Amphitheatre
May 2009
Fans of music that s created eclectically and visually will not want to miss the performance of Soft Serve at the Wits Amphitheatre at 21h00 on Friday 8 May.
Sounds intriguing? Then read what the creators have to say about this band!
Great People, Great Places of South Africa
May 2009
This series contains six books that explore the history and heritage of South Africa. The first five books in the series contain stories of people and events from different historical periods.

April 2009 (Full Text)
Wits Dramatic Art sends a new South African Play to the Czech Republic
April 2009
On the 1st of April Wits Dramatic Art premiered the new South African comedy Previously Owned at the SETKANI/ENCOUNTER 2009 Festival in Brno. A company of five students (four actors and a stage manager) and Wits lecturer, Greg Homann - writer and director of the play - spent an enriching six days sharing their work alongside other students from across Europe and The World.
Special Project on Internet Art - Joburg Art Fair 2009
April 2009
3 to 5 April at the Sandton Convention Centre and Online
The Digital Arts Division in collaboration with the Upgrade! International Network have collaboratively curated a selection of Internet Artworks that will show at the 2009 Joburg Art Fair.
The selection is being featured as a Special Project and will be presented at the fair on four beautiful new Apple iMacs as part of the bookstand area at the Joburg Art Fair. The selection can also be viewed at
Sermon on the Train
April 2009
A collaboration between Prof Anitra Nettleton, Molemo Moiloa, and Nare Mogotho
How public are public lectures? Although periodically universities make the effort to host lectures that people who are not registered learners at these institutions can attend free of charge, one still feels that these so-called public lectures are not public enough.Sermon on the Train seeks to undermine this concept of ?public lecture? and makes the experience accessible to a wider audience by encouraging a well known academic to have a public lecture in public.
On Location ? C30 intervention
April 2009
David Andrew and Marcus Neustetter (Trinity Session) were invited to continue their C30 Project collaboration with an intervention in the White Sea exhibition space at the Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm, Sweden, from 8 to 15 March.

Monique Pelser s Bystanders (2008) At the Johannesburg Art Fair
April 2009
Contemporary photographer Monique Pelser currently lectures fine art photography at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Art. Pelser?s current area of research focuses on making photographs through the use of performance, experimentation and quotation as a means of grappling with the politics and history surrounding the photographic medium.
Misc (Recovery Room)
April 2009
David Andrew - Standard Bank Gallery
4 February ? 21 March 2009
David Andrew?s exhibition, Misc (Recovery Room) at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg, opened on 3 February and closed on 21 March 2008.
March 2009 (Full Text)
Experimental Jazz at Wits
March 2009
Wits Music and the Wits Theatre host two experimental jazz groups at the start of March.
The collaborative jazz project Czech Mate offers listeners the opportunity to experience a trans-cultural conversation where musicians from the Czech Republic (Ondrej Stver?k on tenor sax and Lukas Kytnar on bass) and Wits guitarist Jonathan Crossley share and exchange musical points of view.
Cape Town world fusion quartet Babu brings their energetic virtuoso performances to Johannesburg for the first time.
Machinima Johannesburg
March 2009
"What is Machinima?" was the opening line to a two part screening and workshop series hosted by the Goethe Institut and the Digital Arts Division of the WSOA. Maverick Machinima artist Friedrich Kirschner explained in his gentle and humorous way that the term, coined by two drunk Scotsmen who invariably spelt it wrong (it was meant to be Machinema), references machine and cinema.
DIVA Talks at WSOA
March 2009
Listing for the first semester

Substation Shows
March 2009
Listing for the first semester