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Thinking through Cacophony: An Experiment in Sounding Our Different Knowledges

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Fine Arts
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Studio Building
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Lehárgasse 8
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1060 Vienna
Location Room (1)
1. floor, studio south

Workshop with Thabang Monoa organized in the frame of the Erasmus + project and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. An event in the scope of Conviviality as Potentiality: From Amnesia to Pandemic towards Convivial Epistemologies (FWF AR 679, 2021–2025).

The Workshop Thinking through Cacophony with Dr. Thabang Monoa (Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town) is meant to think through how disparate knowledge systems and perspectives can come into contact with one another through cacophony and generate new insights and alternative interpretations of how to inhabit the world. 

Dr. Thabang Monoa’s research interests involve art history, art criticism, visual culture, curatorial practice, and cultural studies. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Tshwane University of Technology and then went on to work and study at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg where he worked as an Art Historian in the faculty’s Department of Visual Art. His doctoral study, which he undertook with the SARChI Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture, focused on the notion of Blackness in Afrofuturist aesthetics. Monoa is currently a member of the CAA (College Art Association) based in the United States of America, he is a former council member of SAVAH (South African Visual Art Historians) and is a co-convenor of the Gerard Sekoto Summer School, which is administered through the Johannesburg Art Gallery. In his current capacity as a lecturer in Art History at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art, Dr. Monoa continues to generate academic output dealing with concerns in contemporary art and aesthetics.

The workshop is open to all students of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.


Thanks to: Mag. Angelina Kratschanova, BA, EMBA, Head of International Office, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Dr. Thabang Monoa, Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe, Amena Shakir, Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna, director of the Research Centre IFIME, Dr. Amani Abuzahra, Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna, Research Centre IFIME, Depot – Kunst und Diskussion, Vienna.