Spirals: Weaving on Friday, 26th of November

19 Nov 2021
19 Nov 2021


The CCA hosts another session of the Spirals virtual seminar series on Friday 26 November, 12-1:30pm (SAST) Please note the lunchtime start time. Circulating ideas about art, art practise and archival engagement between two lively, dynamic, yet different global north and global south settings, the series draws Berlin based art practitioners, curators and scholars into a conversation with scholars and students based in Cape Town. 

This session considers the question of Weaving, as an open-ended term referring to the practise of tying together, in this case histories as materialised in textiles that are incorporated into museum and heritage settings. 
We are excited to host Magdalena Buchczyk. Magdalena is a Junior Professor of Social Anthropology at the Institute for European Ethnology working across CARMAH Berlin and HZK (Hermannn von Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Techniques). Her work focuses on material culture and critical understandings of heritage with reference to collections and making. Her research interests extend into questions of knowledge production, materiality, politics and affect. 
In her talk Curated Textiles she explores how curatorial knowledge inflects material practice. Focusing on the turbulent history of Eastern European textiles from a Berlin museum, it explores how knowledge production about textile culture is entwined with history, politics, art practice, curatorial storytelling, and the making of places and people in Europe. This raises wider questions about textiles as curated objects, not only in the space of the museum or archive, but also at the different stages of their making.
We are delighted to have Lebogang Mokwena, Phd candidate at The New School for Social Research, New York as our discussant. 
Please join us by following the Spirals Zoom link (Meeting ID: 939 7973 1812/Passcode: 915652).