The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), formerly the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) was launched on 5 April 2016. The ICA website is currently under construction. In the meantime, please consult the GIPCA website for updates on the Institute's events and projects.

3rd Space Symposium

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) is proud to present the 3rd Space Symposium, Decolonisation and the Creative Arts, to be held from 13-15 May. The 3rd Space Symposium is an interdisciplinary event that will explore ideas around the imperative to decolonise the university, the role of the creative arts in provoking change, and the dialectic between the settled nature of academic curricula and the spontaneity of transformation. As part of its ongoing project to facilitate interdisciplinary research and dialogue in the creative and performing arts that disrupts boundaries, the ICA brings together addresses, panel discussions, public debate, performances, film screenings and art exhibitions to explore the subject. Read more

13 May ’16

Medical Humanities – Steve Reid & Susan Levine

Professor of Primary Health Care, Steve Reid and Associate Professor of anthropology, Susan Levine present ‘Social Justice and the Medical Humanities: the Health of Marginalized People’. This address poses a number of challenges to the medical humanities, such as a lacuna in attention to forms of structural violence that lead to dehumanization and affect health care in rural and urban South Africa. Read more

12 May ’16

Medical Humanities – Sean Baumann & Finuala Dowling

‘Madness in Song; Dementia in Poetry’ is the topic of psychiatrist, Sean Baumann and poet, Finuala Dowling’s presentation on Thursday 5 May. Baumann presents and comments on excerpts from his opera, ‘Madness’ – a multi-media work which tracks the descent of a promising young architect into a world of delusion and darkness. Dowling reads and gives context to poems from her collection, ‘Notes from the Dementia Ward’, which tracks her mother’s decline into dementia and her move from home to a frail care ward. Read more

5 May ’16

Medical Humanities – Lester Davids, Shose Kessi & Berni Searle

Molecular cell biologist Lester Davids, psychology lecturer Shose Kessi, and artist Berni Searle come together to discuss ‘Skin Lightening and the Politics of Beauty’. Human skin, the largest organ of the body, remains both biologically and socially intriguing. Being the “face” of first impressions, it remains the canvas of opinions. The question, therefore, of why people want to change skin colour is not only biologically based, but typically associated with questions of self-image, stigmatisation and yearning for lightness which, in many societies, translates into social acceptance. Read more

28 Apr ’16