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Volume 2007, Issue 13, 2007
Source: Image & Text : a Journal for Design 2007 (2007)More Less
The articles in this edition of Image & Text demonstrate how issues surrounding the construction and visualisation of identity continue to present fertile ground for critical and sustained engagement. The distinctive circumstances of South Africa and its physical, political, cultural, social and historical richness encourage an on-going desire to examine how it represents itself with images and stories that reflect its diversities more candidly. Four of the five authors published in this edition locate their investigations of identity in the South African environment. The fifth article adopts a more distant perspective in its focus on Victorian England. In the articles, themes of socio-political thinking and concern, personal politics and autobiographical urges variously intersect with considerations of historical and contemporary contexts, imaginative powers, unique insights and technical virtuosity. Class, race, gender, personal and national identities are placed under close scrutiny.
Amapasi Asiwafuni! - To hell with pass laws!
Class, race and gender identities in the anti-pass laws cartoons published in Umsebenzi / South African Worker, 1933-1936Author Deirdre PretoriusSource: Image & Text : a Journal for Design 2007, pp 4 –19 (2007)More Less
The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) was founded in 1921 and dissolved in 1950 in anticipation of being banned under the Suppression of Communism Act. It was relaunched as an underground party in 1953, renamed the South African Communist Party (SACP) and eventually unbanned in 1990. The important role played by the Communist Party in the liberation struggle of South Africa is generally acknowledged. Despite this role, and the fact that the Party had used printed propaganda since its inception, the printed graphic propaganda of the CPSA has not yet received critical attention. Propaganda was important to the CPSA, and a sizeable volume of printed material produced by the Party survives in archives locally and abroad.
Loose your warts, become sublime : South African paper currency as instruction in the making of nationAuthor Lize GroenewaldSource: Image & Text : a Journal for Design 2007, pp 20 –37 (2007)More Less
At the time of the introduction of the euro, Eric Helleiner (2002:3) - a political economist - voiced the growing realisation amongst policymakers that forms of money are 'invested with social meaning intricately connected to the intensely political project of constructing unique and distinct national identities.' Responding to Helleiner's further observation that a gap exists in contemporary scholarship with regard to the relationship between national currencies and national identities, the present article examines the expression of national identity manifest in the 1992 South African banknote series that was commissioned in 1989 by the Reserve Bank of South Africa under the auspices of the then ruling National Party (Moneymaking 1991:41). The 1992 series served as national currency for more than a decade after the first democratic elections in 1994, and the subsequent coming to power of the African National Congress (ANC).
Author Catherine KarusseitSource: Image & Text : a Journal for Design 2007, pp 39 –53 (2007)More Less
The ideology of respectability, the essential objective of Victorian existence, was a complex combination of moral, religious, economic and cultural systems. Respectability dictated specific gender definitions and was organised around an involved set of practices and representations that covered every aspect of an individual's life. In the Victorian commitment to an imperative moral code, respectability spun a persuasive web that wove the disparate elements of the middle class together. The core of this refined behavioural code was common to both men and women; yet in every nuance, close attention to gender definitions was essential to gentility. Moreover, respectability became inseparable from the home, the site of complementary masculinity and femininity.
Source: Image & Text : a Journal for Design 2007, pp 54 –65 (2007)More Less
Contemporary South African printmaking boasts an uneasy relationship between classic printmaking and the attention-seeking gestures that have historically informed protest art, lending itself to performance culture. In this article, I use the term 'attention-seeking' in two different capacities. The art made within a protest rubric sought to rouse the attention of broader society and often put the artists responsible for these works and gestures in real danger. This art was not concerned with awakening society in order to make it appreciate aesthetic or conceptual considerations in the artworks, but rather it served to make people empathise with issues relating to the political injustices current at the time, and to incite society to activity in one way or another. The relationship between traditional and performance art is one historically in a state of flux, given shifts in technology, aesthetic approaches and artistic intention. Performance culture in the west developed historically from politically-centred traditional printmaking, causing the body to become a viable matrix, not only for social protest but also for identity-based protest and more conceptual gestures.
The sound of a book : sound as generator of narrative in the reception of selected new media objects as booksAuthor David PatonSource: Image & Text : a Journal for Design 2007, pp 66 –79 (2007)More Less
My article examines the phenomenon of sound as a narrative creating device in selected new media objects commissioned for the exhibition Navigating the Bookscape : Artists' Books and the Digital Interface. In this article, I propose that the aural, far from being simply an expected convention, facilitated by the digital nature of the work, fundamentally enhances the reading and reception of these works within the conventions and experience of the book.
Source: Image & Text : a Journal for Design 2007, pp 80 –81 (2007)More Less
This is a book about empathy. It is a major achievement in terms of collaborative and research talents as well as being a brilliant and sensitive book design. In its focus and content, it vindicates the controversy garnered by Skotnes in her Miscast : negotiating the presence of the Bushmen, an installation and publication dating from 1996. This book focuses not so much on an interpretation of San beliefs or lifestyle, but rather on giving recognition to the research priorities of two very important and perhaps often overlooked figures.
Author Jacques LangeSource: Image & Text : a Journal for Design 2007, pp 82 –83 (2007)More Less
Books published on South African communication design are rare to find. Sporadically, awards annuals or company showcases see the light, but few books exist that delve into the thinking and creative processes - with substantial depth of discourse - on local communication design and designers. Intrigue : the graphic designer's code is one of those rarities that present the career accomplishments, philosophies and work of a highly regarded South African designer, Jan Erasmus.