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Students, movement, heritage

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In collaboration with artist and dancer Nicola Visser, Nick Shepherd and Christian Ernsten organised the Groningen walk again during the Reinwardt Academy’s Master student introduction period.  During an extremely rough weather day the students engaged with movement excercises, several contested earth quake heritage sites as well as presentations by local artist Henk Helmantel and Agmar… Read more…

A mind and body method

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Click here to see Nick Shepherd explains to Reinwardt Master students walking as a mind AND body methodology. (Photo by Dirk-Jan Visser)

Silent March

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To commemorate five years after the heaviest earth quake in the Dutch province of Groningen a silent march was organised from Middelstum to Huizinge on 16 August. The activists walked the same route as we did in June. Dirk-Jan Visser took these photos of the march.  

Walking Groningen

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In June 2017 Nick Shepherd and Christian Ernsten walked with lecturers of the Reinwardt Academy, staff of Imagine IC and others along a series of earthquakes sites in the province of Groningen.   We passed by Plaats Melkema, the monumental farm house that is now closed down and owned by the Netherlands Natural Gas Company…. Read more…

A Personal Metro Map

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By Christiane Lindner      This is a metro map of West Berlin. You can easily tell, because it shows both the western and the eastern part of the city. The map for East Berlin only shows eastern services. It is funny how, just through looking at the maps, you can tell how different peoples’… Read more…

Postamble

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Postamble, a peer reviewed journal on African Studies, published in 2017 five essays by participants of the 2015 Cape Town curatorial residency. Some of these essays were written in response to images taken during the residency and offered to the authors by photographer Barry Christianson.  Shepherd, N. & C. Ernsten (2017), ‘Reasoning, Emotioning, Dreaming. Introduction to the 2015… Read more…

Archaeology Dreaming: the dead of Prestwich Street

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The other category of pictures illustrate the notion of “luxury De Waterkant living”: caviar perched on a wedge of toast, a bowl of ripe figs, rounds of sushi on a plate, coffee emerging from a spigot, a reclining woman looks out from a hot-pink boudoir. Read more here. 

From Cave to Screen: digital heritage project

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Form Cave to Screen is a digital heritage project, focused on rock art site records from the Western Cape. Carried out with assistance form the UCT Library and the IZIKO South African Museum, it has been described as a “path breaking collaboration”. Read more here.

When the hand that holds the trowel is black

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The secret history of archaeology in Africa is the history of ‘native’ labour. It is the story of those men (and they were almost always men) who dug, sieved, sorted, located sites and ‘finds’, fetched and carried, pitched camp, cooked and served food, negotiated with local chiefs and suppliers, and assisted in the interpretation of… Read more…

In a cave near Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape

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In 1927 the archaeologist John Goodwin took his Cambridge mentor, Myles Burkitt, on a  grand tour of southern Africa to look at archeological sites. In the Eastern Cape they stopped at a cave not far from the site of what history books call the Bulhoek Massacre. Read more here.

The ruins of Red Hill Village

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The Cape Town Curatorial Residency brought together scholars, artists, curators and activists for one week of transdisciplinary conversation, collaboration and shared work. Read more here.

A gaze that pierces

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This begins with a single image. Two men are seated in an archaeological site. A sieve, or screen, lies between them. To the left of the frame is the archaeologist AJH “John” Goodwin (1900-1959), a formative figure in the making of South African archaeology. To the right is an unnamed co-worker. Goodwin has left us… Read more…

The humility of Sarah Baartman

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This is the story of an empty box. It is also the story of a brief encounter with a material object, and the effects produced by that object in the moment of encounter. It concerns the afterlife of Sarah Baartman. Sarah ‘Saartjie’ Baartman was a Khoisan woman born in the vicinity of the Gamtoos River… Read more…

In the footsteps of Robert Gordon

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Yesterday we went to visit the Good Hope exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In this display of 400 years of history between the Netherlands and South Africa especially the work of Robert Jacob Gordon stood out. Gordon travelled to and in South Africa from 1773 – 1795 doing work as a an explorer, artist and soldier…. Read more…

Soundtrack Bijlmer

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Together with artist Michiel Huijsman of the Soundtrackcity initiative Reinwardt students visited the Bijlmer and especially the site of the 1992 Bijlmer disaster. Together they did a audio mapping exercise of that area of the Bijlmer.