It all started as a conversation with a friend, Nina Paim, the editor of Futuress magazine. She suggested that Dr Luiza Prado Martins, the speaker for our Spirals session, Colour Unearthed, draw on the research she had conducted on the history of plants and colonialism to formulate a series of essays on the colonial history of colour.
The 30th of April 2021 marked the last formal day of employment for Professor Pippa Skotnes, our director at the Centre for Curating the Archive. Since being an undergrad in the mid-1970s, Pippa has offered an astonishing 46 years of dedication to the school and university, influencing the lives of its staff, students, and researchers in myriad ways.
The CCA is pleased to announce the next session of the Spirals virtual seminar series, titled 'Colour Unearthed'. We host Dr. Luiza Prado De o. Martins who reflect on the colonial histories attached to a set of vegetal and mineral based colours.
In January 2020, South African artist currently based in Berlin, Tayla Lubinsky, hosted a solo exhibition called Marble Dust. It is this exhibition that she unpacks during her Spirals session talk titled Permanence, Decay and the Politics of Post-preservation. During the talk, Lubinsky takes us through the journey of how this project came to materialize.
April 30th marked the fifth instalment of the Spirals Virtual Seminar series. Dr Rebecca Kahn from the University of Vienna discussed the ethics and politics inseparable from museum metadata, with a case study of a small collection of drawings made by children from various milieux and collected by Beatrice Blackwood, an early 20th century anthropologist and curator at the Pitt Rivers museum at the University of Oxford.
On Sunday 18 April 2021, a fire, the fierce perhaps defining element of our times, swept down from the mountain and set our institution ablaze. Our students and staff were evacuated and luckily there were no fatalities or injuries. The Centre for Curating the Archive arranged this session as a space for the substantive gathering and sharing of information about what was lost and what the state of our collections are.
For the fifth session of the Spirals virtual seminar series, titled 'Metadata Politics', we are excited to host Dr Rebecca Kahn whose work explores how museums and archives are using the semantic web to build integrated collections, and the ethical and technological challenges presented by current data models.
Staff and students from the Centre for Curating the Archive and the APC are assisting library staff and conservators to secure water damaged materials that were salvaged from the African Studies Library.
We just got the wonderful news that while there is a lot of water damage in the basement BC 151 is intact and safe. This astonishing treasure, the love of many of our academic lives, has survived the fire.
Following the devastating loss of the African Studies Library, the Centre for Curating the Archive is organising a special online session for Friday 23 April at 1pm in order to take stock, process and share grief around the loss of this library and its collections.