Arts institutions the world over have had to radically rethink their approach to the creation and facilitation of new creative work this year. In response to the continued need for social distancing, the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery has recently launched its Moving Cube platform, a newly developed UJ Art Gallery website that offers content such as 3D virtual exhibitions, 2D documentation, educational programmes, online walkabouts, video interviews with artists and curators, media, archival material and more.
In light of the unveiling of Moving Cube, which launched with a digital experience of The Blind Alphabet – Letter B: Babery to Bigeminate by Willem Boshoff in documentary format, Creative Feel caught up with Annali Cabano-Dempsey, curator of the UJ Gallery, to find out more about the new platform and what audiences, students, and art-lovers alike can expect.
Creative Feel: First off, can you tell us a bit about the launch of Moving Cube and what it’s all about?
Annali Cabano-Dempsey: The launch of Moving Cube on 4 November 2020 is a joyous moment for UJ Arts & Culture and the UJ Art Gallery. We are proud to unveil the website with a digital experience of The Blind Alphabet – Letter B: Babery to Bigeminate by Willem Boshoff in documentary format. The virtual event will feature, amongst others, background to the MTN/UJ collaboration, inserts on Boshoff and a fresh approach to his work, his collaboration with contemporary composer, Jaco Meyer, as well as the announcement of the overall winner of the Emerging Artist Development Programme.
CF: Why has UJ decided to launch a digital iteration of its gallery and what does the launching of a such a platform entail?
ACD: The University of Johannesburg is at the forefront of addressing the realities and implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Creativity and flexibility are considered key skills for the successful negotiation of this era. When Covid-19 turned the visual arts landscape on its head earlier this year, UJ Arts & Culture embraced the challenges posed by virtuality with resilience and vigour. The newly developed UJ Art Gallery website, Moving Cube, offers content such as 3D virtual exhibitions, 2D documentation, educational programmes, online walkabouts, video interviews with artists and curators, media, archival material and opportunities to read and learn more about artists and their respective oeuvres.
Navigate through our Moving Cube articles:
Willem Boshoff exhibition – The Blind Alphabet
Moving Cube – a newly developed UJ Art Gallery website
Mentorship, education and the Emerging Artist Development Programme – how to enter
Exploring The Blind Alphabet with MTN Foundation’s Niel Nortje
Curating context online: Annali Cabano-Dempsey discusses UJ’s Moving Cube