Third Quarter 2010 News (Full Text)

We Made the World Responsive 2010

There was a full turn out to the 'Making the World Responsive with Arduino' workshop. Run by Dan Hirschmann, Wits School of Arts alumni (now based in London), in collaboration with the Hacksaws Art and Technology Group and the Digital Arts Division.
Two Vacancies in Music
The School of Arts is seeking to make two appointments from 1 January 2011 in the following areas, and we strongly encourage applicants from the designated groups.
Closing Date - 31 July 2010
The Giant Match
July 2010
Wits School of Arts, the Wits Theatre and the French Institute hosted a Creative residency at Wits University involving five communities from Gauteng (Orange Farm, Kliptown, Sidibeng, West Rand and Metsweding) leading to the creation of up to 32 giant puppets, masks and objects.Visit
Final Call For Papers
A colloquium organised by SAVAH under the aegis of the Comit?nternational d?Histoire de l?Art (CIHA)
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 12 ? 15 January 2011
Music Scholarships
In a partnership with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO), Wits Music is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to study music at Wits for talented black musicians who perform on orchestral instruments.
Application deadline is 31 August 2010

July 2010
The ?Prisoners of Strange? have some new friends. Joining Jozi?s electric bassist extraordinaire Carlo Mombelli?s line up of vocals and trombone by Siya Makuzeni, Marcus Wyatt on trumpet, Justin Badenhorst on drums, is Braka?s equally eccentric and compelling ?French Quartet? from Paris.
Two essays by Joni Brenner featured in The Johannesburg Salon
July 2010
Two essays by Joni Brenner and a response by David Bunn, the ex-head of WSOA were recently featured in The Johannesburg Salon.Read moreat The Johannesburg Salon...

New Composer at Wits: Dr Cameron Harris
July 2010
Joining the Music Division?s other two new composers, Dr Carlo Mombelli and Mokale Koapeng (featured in previous editions), is Dr Cameron Harris, a recipient of two consecutive fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, following his undergraduate and Masters studies in the United Kingdom.
New Course for Music Students: Music Industry Business Studies
July 2010
In the next semester the Music Division of WSOA adds the new Music Industry Business Studies course to our syllabus. Jonathan Shaw, who has lectured at Wits Plus, The Academy of Sound Engineering as well as the Music Business Academy, heads up the course, which introduces music students to music business, management and marketing studies.
Heritage Programme May Field Trip
July 2010
In mid May 2010 Cynthia Kros (Public Culture lecturer) and Sue Harrop-Allin from the Wits Music Division led a group of Honours and Masters students from the Heritage programme on a field trip to Hamkuya in the remote north east of Limpopo.
WSOA Music Lecturer Preforms in Slovakia
July 2010
WSOA Music Lecturer Jonathan Crossley recently toured Slovakia with the Jonathan Crossley Band.Watch their performance from the Blue Note Jazz Club...

Pro Helvetia supportsWSOA Art Education collaboration with Institute of Art Education, Zurich University of the Arts
July 2010
The Pro Helvetia office in South Africa recently funded a research visit by David Andrew to the Institute of Art Education (IAE) at the Zurich University of the Arts in Zurich, Switzerland (25-28 March).
WSOAcollaborates with University of Botswana to developBA in Visual and Performing Arts degree
July 2010
Head of the Wits School of Arts, Professor Georges Pfruender and David Andrew (Division of Visual Arts) spent four days at the University of Botswana (13 - 16 April) to participate in the development of a new Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts.
Thembinkosi Goniwe: Curatorial Projects
July 2010
Fine Arts Lecturer Thembinkosi Goniwe curates a number of exhibitions which will be on show during the Winter months. These include Koma Ulwaluko and SPace: Currencies in Contemporary African Art.

Second Quater 2010 News (Full Text)
Mary R?h - Obituary
April 2010
Mary R?h, associate professor in the Division of Music, died on 27 February this year after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

Emphasis on Research in the Wits School of Arts
April 2010
The Wits School of Arts is dedicated to strengthening its research profile in the domains of traditional scholarly work and creative practice. The past years have seen an impressive increase in peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters by members of staff in the school.
Digital Arts: New Electronics and Sensing Lab
April 2010
Physical computing and sensing is growing rapidly in popularity in the interactive arts realm. Walk into any contemporary art museum and you will find a work that has some sort of electronic or sensory aspect to it.

"ArtIs..." - A Student Fund Raising Organisation
April 2010
"ArtIs...", is a student based organisation driven towards hosting a Graduate Exhibition and Catalogue for Wits 4th Year Fine Art Students. They are planning to host a series of events as a way to both promote the "ArtIs..." society and help raise funds for the end of year exhibition.
Farewell to Professors Penny Siopis and Colin Richards
April 2010
On 7 May 2010 from 18:00, the Division of Visual Arts, the Wits School of Arts and Wits University bids farewell to Professor Penny Siopis and Professor Colin Richards at a special roof-top event at the Wits School of Arts.

New composer at Wits: Mokale Koapeng
April 2010
In this the second instalment of a series of profiles we meet composer, musical director, and performer Mokale Koapeng. One of three new composers in the Wits School of Arts Music Division his extensive output is a valuable and vibrant asset to the school and ultimately the university.
Digital Arts students benefit from masterclasses at Luma
April 2010
Postgraduate animation students in Digital Arts have a wonderful opportunity in the course of their first semester studies through months of April and May to attend Master classes at Luma, one of the Johannesburgs biggest and most prominent studios.
Wits students team up with Finnish counterparts to create two documentaries
April 2010
Twelve students from different corners of the globe came together over the last nine weeks and created two documentaries about different social interactions by ordinary people in South Africa.

Zen Marie
April 2010
The Division of Fine Arts and History of Art welcomes new staff member Zen Marie as Lecturer in Fine Arts.

Hacksaws: Art and Technology Group
April 2010
The Digital Arts Division will be hosting the brand new art and technology group named The Hacksaws.

Vincent Baloyi Exhibition ? Narratives in Colour
April 2010
The exhibition showcased new works by the artist and Wits School of Arts staff member Vincent Baloyi.

First Quarter 2010 News (Full Text)
Juan Orrantia - research fellow for 2010 in the Division of Fine Arts
February 2010
Juan Orrantia is a visual anthropologist. Mainly working through photography that articulates the evocative and the documentary, he also explores the possibilities of the medium in conjunction with audio, text and/or video.

Dr John Kani and Professor Sarah Roberts direct and design OTHELLO at Wits
February 2010
Othello by William Shakespeare A production mounted by the Drama division of WSOA with an ensemble comprising current senior performance students and post-graduates.

Drama for Life takes to the stage for its third year
February 2010
HIV/Aids and education programme Drama for Life held the official launch of its 2010 Scholars at the Wits Theatre on February 11, 2010. Read more at Drama for Life...

Three New Composers at Wits
February 2010
Wits Music appointed three new composition lecturers at the start of 2010: Dr Carlo Mombelli, Dr Cameron Harris, and Mokale Koapeng. In the first of a series of profiles we introduce Carlo Mombelli.

Newflash: Music researcher wins SAFTA Award
February 2010
Music masters candidate and filmmaker Liza Key won a South African Film and Television Award for REWIND in the best documentary feature category at the SAFTA ceremony on 20 February 2010. She was also nominated in the best director category. Key?s documentary is based on Wits graduate, composer Philip Miller?s REwind: A Cantata for Voice Tape and Testimony.
News-Bites from Arts, Culture, Heritage & Management
February 2010
In December 2009 Cynthia was invited to lead a heritage seminar with Master?s students at the University of T?gen in Germany. The students asked to study the case of Sarah B rtman and its contemporary resonances.

New Animation Lecturer Joins Digital Arts
February 2010
Mileta Postic has just joined Digital Arts as the lecturer in 3D digital animation. Mileta brings a wealth of international experience to the position.

News-Bites from WSOA Film & Television Division
February 2010
A collection of news andachivements from the staff and students of the Film & Television Division.

Overview of a PhD
February 2010
I was a final year undergraduate student when ?Dessert Storm? took place. It was an historical moment in media history. It was a time when the world witnessed events for the first time as they were happening. One could sit in front of a Television set and watch the laser images as the ?Bombing of Baghdad? took place in ?real? time.
Damon Heatlie s JACKPOT
February 2010
Damon Heatlie has recently completed a short fiction film, JACKPOT featuring actors Tobie Cronje, Sylvaine Strike, Daniel Browde shot on HD.

Catalogue Launch: Beyond the Line Johannesburg
February 2010
On the 4 February 2010 the Beyond the Line catalogue, a Wits School of Arts publication, was launched at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg.

Nandipha Mntambo receives the latest Wits/BHP Billiton Fellowship
February 2010
Nandipha Mntambo is the recipient of the latest Wits/BHP Billiton fellowship, and will take up a residency at the Wits School of Arts for three months in 2010.

Penny Siopis showing at Wild as the Wind
February 2010
Penny Siopis is one of seven artists from Africa and the diaspora showing a significant body of work on the exhibition Wild as the Wind at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, USA. The exhibition is part of the Africa on My Mind: Contemporary Art, Home and Abroad series held in conjunction with SCAD s Third Biennial Art History Symposium.
Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph is ?composer-in-residence? at the University of Heidelberg, Ohio
February 2010
Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph has been invited by the University of Heidelberg, Ohio, USA to be the ?composer-in-residence? for their 26th Annual New Music Festival to be held from the 18th to the 21st of March, 2010.

First Quarter 2010 What s on at WSOA (Full Text)
Wiser / WSOA Public Conversation
Substation, March 2010
An exhibition and public conversation with Peter McKenzie, Sarah Nuttall, Juan Orantia and Jo Ractliffe. This collaboration begins with a visual dialogue on the aftermath of war in Mozambique and Angola.

'Mine' - Natasha Christopher
Standard Bank Gallery until 13 March 2010
Natasha Christopher?s exhibition ?Mine? on at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg centers on Welkom, the South African gold-mining city which was once one of the world?s large producers of gold.

Tierney Fellowship
Exhibition 7th April and DIVA Talk 8th April
The Tierney Fellowship was created in 2003 by The Tierney Family Foundation to support emerging artists in the field of photography and to assist them in overcoming challenges that photographers face at the start of their careers. In 2008, this Fellowship was extended to Wits, UCT and the Market Photo Workshop who work in partnership on this project.