UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

2006

2006 (Full text)
The Friday Digital Soiree Upgraded!
March 2006
A regular event at WSOA on Friday afternoons over the last three years have been the Digital Soirees. These events have provided a space for a broad range of presentations on topics related to the emerging field of digital arts. Now the Digital Soirees will be linking up once a month with Upgrade! an international network of presentations and events by digital artists.

Visiting German academics run workshops in Digital Arts
March 2006
As part of their "Armed Response" project, a multi-disciplinary investigation into the global phenomenon of privatised security, the Goethe Institute funded workshops by two audio artists from Potsdam and an interface designer/theorist from the International School of Design in Cologne.The online component of the project was developed following an original collaboration between WSOA Drama Lecturer, David Peimer, and the Goethe Institute which led to his new play on the topic entitled "Armed Response". The play will open at the Wits Theatre on 12 May 2006 together with a Conference funded by the Open Society Foundation.

SA animated film picks up international awards
July 2006
AND THERE IN THE DUST, the local animated short film inspired by the story of Baby Tshepang, a nine-month old child who was brutally raped in 2001, has won first prize for Best Short Film at the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival in Milan, Italy. Directed by Lara Foot Newton and WSOA Dramatic Art lecturer Gerhard Marx, the seven-minute film was produced by Brigid Ol?and Marlow de Mardt of DO Productions, and carries a strong message against child rape.

Joburg: Interpreting the City
July 2006
Physical Theatre, Interactive Media Design, and Music Composition students from WSOA collaborated with architecture students in a ground-breaking site-specific interdisciplinary project in the city of Johannesburg.


Paula Louw exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery
July 2006
Paula Louw currently teaches drawing in Fine Arts and Digital Arts at WSOA. Her latest exhibition, "soft return", ran from 5 June ? 2 July 2006 at the Everard Read gallery in Johanesburg.


WSOA TV Students scoop top honours at the 2006 MNET EDiT Awards!
July 2006
On the 5th of May 2006 at the prestigious MNET EDiT Awards event, Luke Carstens, a postgraduate Student at WSOA Television, won the prize for Best Project and shared the top prize for Best Sound Design for his short film "Still Moving". Fellow student Christo Oberholzer?s film, "The Record", received a merit award for Performance.

Wits Composer Finds Saxophonic Playmates
July 2006
Clare Loveday, lecturer in music theory and composition at WSOA, struck a note with the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, a world-renowned ensemble that specialises in contemporary music, at the 2006 National Festival of the Arts?s NewMusic Indaba in Grahamstown.

Zanele Muholi wins Bhp Billiton/Wits University Visual Arts Fellowship
September 2006
The Wits School of Arts is proud to announce that Zanele Muholi is the 2006 winner of the prestigious Bhp Billiton/Wits Universtiy Visual Arts Fellowship. Zanele is the first recipient of this new award. The fellowship promotes inspirational practice and teaching in visual arts through an artist-in-residence and teaching programme in the Division of Visual Arts, Wits School of Arts.

Interdisciplinary Dialogues in Arts Education
September 2006
Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts, David Andrew, presented a paper titled ?Making Sure it Doesn?t Add Up: Learners, Artists and Teachers as Multimodal Agents in Selected South African Classrooms? at the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) (http://www.insea.org/ ) International Congress in Viseu, Portugal, which took place from 1 ? 5 March.

Winner of the 2006 Martienssen Prize announced
September 2006
The Martienssen Prize for 2006 was won by a fourth year student, B.J. Engelbrecht, for his installation work Untitled, 2006 . The exhibition is on until 18 August 2006.


Head of WSOA Fine Arts wins the 2006 Sasol Wax Art Award
September 2006
Prof Jeremy Wafer Head of the Fine Arts Dvision, Wits School of Arts is the recipient of the inaugural R130 000 Sasol Wax Art Award for his mixed media installation entitled Geography.


New York, New York - "An out of this world experience"
September 2006
The most exciting Student/Staff Exchange programmes offered by the Wits School of Arts must surely be the Wits/New York University initiative. Every year a group of NYU Students travel to South Africa to attend classes selected from a range of WSOA courses such as Cinema Beyond Hollywood and Video and Documentary Production.