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Third Worlds: Model Cities – 18 February to 19 March 2010 Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town

February 2010

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA)’s Third Worlds: Model Cities opens at the Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town on 18 February 2010. This collaborative exhibition-built around an abstract city of Cape Town – uses fine art, architecture, language and literature to critically explore the urban landscape and how it is constructed.

Third Worlds: Model Cities incorporates architectural models, photographs, an isiXhosa glossary, text and multimedia. Local settlements – such as Kosovo and Kuwait – are featured as are their ‘other’ namesakes, building a connection between different landscapes.

The collaborators are Tessa Dowling (Professor of South African Languages at UCT); Harry Garuba (Professor of English and African Studies at UCT); Svea Josephy (photographer and Senior Lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Art); Noëleen Murray (an architect and academic affiliated with the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and previously with UCT’s Centre for African Studies) and architect Carson Smuts, along with assistance from John Coetzee, Lorenzo Nassimbeni, Justin Brett and Shafiek Matthews.

The interdisciplinary research to investigate land and identity in a changing South Africa allows cities and builtstructures to be critiqued in a way that would not possible through asolely architectural approach.

Third Worlds: Model Cities is the result of a GIPCA Creative Arts Award. GIPCA was established to enhance the arts at the University of Cape Town and facilitate a broad range of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects that use the arts to explore culture and knowledge.

Third Worlds: Model Cities will run at the Michaelis Gallery, Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town from 18 February to 19 March 2010. The gallery will be open from 10.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday. Entrance is free. For more information about GIPCA and the exhibition contact Niek de Greef on (021) 480 7156 or email or visit

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