Posts by Bonita Bennett : Thinking Aloud

Director of District Six Museum

phefumla! (breathe!)

phefumla (breathe!) is a travelling exhibition of the artwork produced during the inaugural Open Forum residency at Stellenbosch University in October 2016. The artwork included in the exhibition is a combination of sculpture, photography, sound installation and documentary film. The exhibition education programme consists of a roundtable dialogue and workshop with student activists, art students, Open Forum artists and high school learners.

Partner organizations:

District Six Museum, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education and The Goethe Institute.

 

Selected Work:

  1. Sami Maseko, Perspective Gained, Live Performance + photographic documentation.
  2. Grace Peterson, Silencing Me, System!, Live Performance  + photographic documentation.
  3. Retha Ferguson, Photographic prints x 5 A2.
  4. Stephanie Conradie, The Dustbin, A2 Digital Print  +  100 pamphlets.
  5. Nicolene Burger, Flight, Sculpture (3x2m) + video projection.
  6. Isabel Mertz, Rust, 2 A5 Sketchbooks and metal plates x 3 + video projection.
  7. ITAP, Installation incl Sound, photographs, drawings, digital prints.
  8. YazeedKamaldien, FMF documentary.
  9. Vasiki: Mike Mavura + KhanyisileMbongwa, We Are the Beautiful Ones: Dreams and Secrets, sound Installation.
  10. Thato Phatlane, Chaos the Pursuit of Peace, Suspended paper Installation.
  11. Maria Garcia, Photographs x 9
  12. Tshepo Modiri, Photographs x 2
  13. Timothy Oduwole, Photographs x 2

phefumla! opens at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre on Tuesday 25 April at 6pm and will be open to the public until 4 May. Opening hours are 9h00 – 16h00 every day except Sundays. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

District Six Museum is recruiting

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DISTRICT SIX MUSEUM JOB ADVERTISEMENTS

Do you want to be part of a cutting edge heritage institution? Would you like to join a dynamic and creative staff team who are committed to telling the story of forced removals in Cape Town and South Africa, and exploring contemporary legacies? If you are passionate about these issues and if you have the following skills, you should consider coming to work for the District Six Museum.

The following positions are available:

1. OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Purpose of job:                 
To oversee and support the general operations of the Museum.

Key responsibilities include:
Managing the switchboard;

Managing visitor bookings which include schools, universities, tourists, dignitaries and special interest delegations;

Managing the various events of the Museum;

Providing general administrative support to the various functions of the Museum which includes managing the database of contacts.

Requirements:
A knowledge-base equivalent to a post-matric qualification in office administration or office management;

A minimum of 5 years experience of working in a similar position;

Some experience of working with the public;

Computer literacy, especially a knowledge of MS Office suite of programmes;

Experience with developing and maintaining administrative systems.

 

2.  SOUND ARCHIVE TECHNICAL ASSISTANT
Purpose of job:
To provide technical support to the Collections, Research and Documentation department, particularly to the audiovisual archive.

Key responsibilities include:
Digitising audio, video and photographic m
aterial from various formats
Making public copies of audiovisual archival material
Assisting with public access to the archive
Maintaining audiovisual equipment
Assisting with cataloguing and documentation of the collection
Assisting with audiovisual set-ups and documentation at events and programmes

Requirements:
A post-matric qualification or equivalent, in audio, video or photographic work
At least three years experience of working in a similar environment
Knowledge of relevant software
Computer literacy: Windows and/or Mac

How to apply?
Submit CV with two written references for attention of Nicky Ewers, to nicky@districtsix.co.za, or hand deliver to the front desk of the Museum for the attention of Nicky Ewers.

Closing date:

FRIDAY 21 APRIL 2017

Jazz Jams @ District Six Museum

Monday Jazz Jams MARCH 2017

District Six Museum in partnership with the Alvin Dyers trio, invites you to the inaugural Jazz Jams session for 2017, on Monday 3 April at 18h30.

Alvin Dyers needs very little introduction. He is an acclaimed guitarist, a teacher of music and a motivator of young people. The other two members of the trio – Roy Davids on drums and Valentino ‘Tino’ Europa on bass – are also musical masters in their own right, and are equally committed to providing an empowering space for youth with an interest and ability in music.

The Jazz Jams concept has youth education at its core, and will provide an opportunity for emerging young musicians to perform onstage alongside accomplished jazz artists. The youth performers will be drawn from existing music development programmes and also, very importantly, from the young people who will be recruited into the District Six Museum’s young musicians project under the guidance and tutelage of Alvin Dyers.

This is both formal music education and a means to engage youth in meaningful activity with lifelong, life-changing benefits. For example, the process of learning to read and create music has been proven to enhance overall brain function in both comprehension and concentration. In addition, the discipline required for successful music performance will extend to other areas of life. Music also provides an awakening to a colourful world of awareness and emotion.

District Sixer Joe Schaffers, also well-known in musical circles, is the Jazz Jams host.

The cover charge will go towards the running costs of the performances, and further sponsorships in cash and kind will be sought to cover other costs such as materials for the teaching sessions, musical instruments, and transport.

Jazz Jams takes place at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre, 15 Buitenkant Street. There is a cover charge of R 50 per person and light refreshments will be on sale. Bookings: 021 4667200 or reception@districtsix.co.za

 

 

SUPPER CLUB, PUBLIC FORUM, FILM SCREENING

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Marlene Le Roux is the CEO at Artscape. As the leader of one of the major arts organisations in the city, she endeavors to close the divides that exist between communities, one of the legacies of apartheid. She has been innovative in the ways in which she has made theater accessible to people, and has even travelled fully-fledged productions to rural areas communities, as just one example of this.

In addition to her responsibilities as CEO of Artscape, Marlene also has a number of projects and platforms on which she is involved:

  • She is a motivational speaker and speaks out for the rights of women children and people living with disabilities. She is courageous in speaking out about these matters, and remains passionately committed to the causes which she  tackles;
  •  She has conceptualized and edited a book on women with disabilities called Look at Me,  published by Genugtig (2008). It is an essay and photographic volume;
  •  She compiled a book about the icons of Mitchell’s Plain entitled Place in the Sun. The idea behind this publication was to try and counter the negative stereotyping of people of colour, using Mitchell’s Plain as an example of a racially based suburb built during apartheid.

 Marlene has won a number of awards including:

  •  Stellenbosch University Alumnus of the Year – for Outstanding Contribution to Nation-Building
  • Western Cape University award for Achieving against the Odds
  • Shoprite /Checkers Woman of the Year Award in 1998 (Arts category)
  • Desmond Tutu Legendary Award, 2001
  • Chevalier des Ordres et des Lettres  (French Knighthood in the performing Arts 2002)
  • Woman of the World Award 2004
  • Western Cape Provincial Award, Arts & Culture 2004
  • The City of Cape Town Mayoral Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Contribution played in the Role of Enhancing Women, Youth and Disability issues
  • German Peace Award, 2012

 Join Marlene for supper as shares her story of activism, courage and hope on  Thursday 29 September, 18h00 at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre, 15 Buitenkant Street. The main course is lamb curry and rice / roti, OR sugar bean curry. Sago pudding for dessert followed by koesisters, coffee and tea. You will also be served a welcome drink and samoosas on arrival.

 Pre-booking is essential! Call Zahra Hendricks on 021 4667200 or email reception@districtsix.co.za

Please note that this is one of the few events hosted by the Museum for which there is an entrance fee, and this goes toward subsidising the free public events.

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DIFFICULT DIALOGUE SERIES

‘Transformation and Memorialisation’

co-hosted by District Six Museum and CPUT

Saturday 1 October, 10h00 – 13h00

Are you:

  • Astudent or staff member at CPUT;
  • A former or current resident of District Six;
  • Working in the area;
  • A member of one of the churches or mosques in the area;
  • A member of any District Six related organisation or club;
  • Interested in the future of District Six?

Join in the conversation, Saturday 1 October, 10h00–13h00

Amongst other things, we will discuss:

  • The woundedness of the past in the present
  •  Decolonising CPUT
  • Reimagining CPUT in District Six
  • District Six as a National Heritage Site
  • Collaborative research and project possibilities

 

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FILM SCREENING

‘Always There

Table Mountain & the People of District Six’

Saturday 1 October, 14h30

with-title

 

A new short film by STEPS Caretakers about District Sixers and their relationship to Table Mountain. This public screening is for all those involved in the research, interviewing and filming process and who gave of their time. There will be a Q&A afterwards. Open to all!

http://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/a-table-for-us-all-2069484

Koesisters and coffee for sale

There is no charge for this event.

PLEASE RSVP FOR ALL EVENTS TO ZAHRA HENDRICKS ON 021 4667200 or by EMAILING reception@districtsix.co.za.

ALL OF THESE EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT

THE DISTRICT SIX MUSEUM HOMECOMING CENTRE

15 BUITENKANT STREET

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DISTRICT SIX MUSEUM IS RECRUITING!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY ONE WEEK IN ORDER TO ENABLE A WIDER POOL OF APPLICATIONS. THE NEW CLOSING DATE IS MONDAY 8 AUGUST 2016

Do you want to be part of a cutting edge heritage institution? Would you like to join a dynamic and creative staff team who are committed to telling the story of forced removals in Cape Town and South Africa, and exploring contemporary legacies? If you are passionate about these issues and if you have the following skills, you should consider coming to work for the District Six Museum.  

The following positions are available:

SOUND ARCHIVIST:

Purpose of job:                

To manage the audiovisual collection, as well as research and documentation as it pertains to the collection

Key responsibilities include:

Manage the audiovisual collection according to archival principles and processes Support the research and documentation function through good audiovisual management, field recording, documentation and other support. Oversee technical processes

Requirements:

A post-matric qualification or equivalent, in audio visual engineering or management At least 3 – 5 years experience of working in a similar environment Knowledge of relevant software and formats Computer literacy: Windows and/or Mac

SOUND ARCHIVE TECHNICAL ASSISTANT

Purpose of job:

To provide technical support to the Collections, Research and Documentation department, particularly to the audiovisual archive.

Key responsibilities include:

Digitising audio, video and photographic material from various formats Making public copies of audiovisual archival material Assisting with public access to the archive Maintaining audiovisual equipment Assisting with cataloguing and documentation of the collection Assisting with audiovisual set-ups and documentation at events and programmes   Requirements: A post-matric qualification or equivalent, in audio, video or photographic work At least three years experience of working in a similar environment Knowledge of relevant software Computer literacy: Windows and/or Mac

How to apply?

Submit CV with two written references for attention of Chrischené Julius, to chrischene@districtsix.co.za, or hand deliver to the Museum at 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town. Please note that faxed applications will not be accepted.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE OFFICER (must love old buildings!)

Purpose of job:                                 

To monitor the general maintenance of the Museum’s buildings, to plan for and implement maintenance of the exhibitions, and to provide support to all Museum functions which impact on the buildings and exhibitions. This includes oversight of events.

Key responsibilities include:  

Monitoring routine building maintenance needs and reporting on these Implementing minor maintenance tasks Managing the workshop with all tools and equipment; Overseeing the implementation of events Conducting routine maintenance checks and reports on the exhibition, and implementing maintenance according to a planned schedule

Requirements:                    

Matric or equivalent NQF level Qualified in at least one trade Minimum of five years of experience or exposure in a technical trade Must be practically and technically inclined Must be meticulous and organised Must be available to work on some weekends, public holidays and evenings Basic computer literacy A code 8 driver’s licence would be an advantage

How to apply? Submit CV with two written references for attention of Nicky Ewers, to nicky@districtsix.co.za, or hand deliver to the Museum at 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town. Please note that faxed applications will not be accepted.

Closing date: 8 August 2016

June Supper Club with Lionel Davis

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‘From where I am sitting’: supper and conversation with Lionel Davis

Honouring his life and work in the month of his 80th birthday, we have invited Lionel Davis to be this month’s Supper Club storyteller on Thursday 30 June.

Lionel Davis has been a prolific producer of artworks over the past 40 years.  His contributions as an artist and arts activist and educator are integral to accounts of seminal art organisations such as the Community Arts Project (CAP), Vakalisa, the Thupelo Workshop and Greatmore Art Studio.

In 1964 Lionel was arrested and sentenced to seven years on Robben Island for committing acts of sabotage. It was during his prison years on the Island that he completed his Senior Certificate. After his release he was restricted under a banning order and house arrest until 1976. At the Evangelical Art and Craft Centre at Rorke’s Drift in 1980 he worked toward a Diploma in Fine Arts. His interest in art led him to complete a BA Fine Art degree with the University of Cape Town in 1994.

Lionel has contributed to literary magazines, books on education, poetry anthologies and calendars. He has produced cartoons for a children’s magazine and taught screen-printing at CAP. He participated in the Triangle Workshop in New York and the Thupelo Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1988 he was deeply involved in community-based children’s education. He has exhibited in Gaborone, Botswana and Pine Plains, New York, USA amongst other places. He has worked for the South African National Art Gallery as a part- time art educator and also as an education officer on Robben Island

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About the District Six Museum’s Supper Clubs and ‘tafel conversations’

The phrase ‘gooi ‘n tafel’ is a familiar one to people from District Six and the Bo Kaap. It references the tables that were laid out by families  for Christmas Choirs on Christmas Eve and for ‘nagtroepe’ (Malay Choirs) at New Year.  Laden with seasonal fruit like watermelon as well as pastries and cakes, the tafels were celebratory – marking the festive season between the December to January period. The table is thus an evocative symbol for the District Six community. It represents coming together, sharing, breaking bread and storytelling around a common space.

Tables also reference the intimate family rituals around food, work and religion that were performed in District Six homes before destruction, on a daily basis.

The ‘Tafel Conversations and Supper Club’ concept emerged from a felt need to create opportunities for conversations of all kinds: enlightening, entertaining, philosophical, lyrical, visual or performative. It is intended to bring people together who might ordinarily not have met, and also create opportunities for friends to meet up with each other. It aims to contribute to a culture which encourages the expression of different points of view in a space which is contained and supportive.

 The 2016 iteration of the ‘Tafel Conversations’ is called ‘From where I am sitting.’ Guest storytellers will be invited to share their stories in whichever  way they wish, from where they are sitting: personally, professionally, socially, politically or from any other perspective that they might choose. Guests attending the session are invited to listen and to later engage in conversations with the storyteller and each other. Conversations continue over supper and dessert.

Seven Steps Club members (former residents of District Six) support the ‘Reclaim the City’ campaign

Submission by the Seven Steps Club of the District Six Museum

District Sixers understand exclusion. Like many other South Africans, they understand the impact of the loss of homes, and the struggle for decent  and dignified housing . District Sixers are acutely aware of their own struggle to be part of this city’s spatial planning thinking which has made them ever more sensitive to struggles of others in similar situations.

The Seven Steps Club of the District Six Museum is a gathering of former residents of the District, who gather at the Museum on a monthly basis. It is a space of healing and hope where discussions, storytelling, support actions and research ideas are engaged. It is also a place of reconnection. Underlying each monthly meeting is the awareness that we are still struggling to be a part of our city’s planning even though we have contributed so much to its character and growth. The townships where most of us live after being forced out of District Six under apartheid, have not been nurturing spaces, and we have struggled to raise our families and make a living in ways which are dignified and uplifting. The struggle to return to the vacant and traumatised land of District Six is part of our daily struggle, together with striving to build safe places of residences in the townships for those who will not return.

At our meeting on Tuesday 31 May 2016, we resolved that the struggle to stop the sale of Tafelberg land for private use, is part of our struggle. It is a struggle for the right to be heard, to expect due consideration for the daily suffering of poor citizens to uplift themselves and to be housed in ways which acknowledge our human rights. Many of our parents particularly our mothers worked ‘in service’. They endured the indignities of employers who thought of them as lesser beings. We are saddened that there are many who still endure such conditions even after apartheid has ended, and we add our voices to those who work in the Sea Point area, who are crying out for dignified homes. We also support the call for affordable housing for others who do not work in the area. Without such support from our government, those who are currently excluded because of affordability issues, will remain excluded and our city will continue to be as divided as it currently is.

We do not think it unreasonable to expect local government to utilise every opportunity to use land in a transformative way, and call for serious consideration of this to be given.

State-owned land is a precious commodity which is to be used for the benefit of all citizens.

THE SEVEN STEPS CLUB members of the District Six Museum

6 June 2016