#artistic research  #critical heritage #environmental humanities #decolonial praxis



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Berlin: After the Fall
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.