Kim Gurney

Kim Gurney

Next Generation


Kim Gurney works in an interdisciplinary way between writing, art practice and academic research. Her research curiosities include contemporary art, urbanism, the public sphere and media studies. She currently holds an Andrew W Mellon Foundation Next Generation Researcher fellowship in the Centre for Humanities Research at University of the Western Cape, and a long-standing affiliation as Research Associate in the African Centre for Cities at University of Cape Town. Kim is widely published including two recently authored books anchored to Johannesburg. The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City (2015) traces performative art interventions to propose ideas around the commons, and August House is Dead; Long Live August House! The story of a Johannesburg atelier (2017) is a book of creative nonfiction. Her own art practice deals with disappearances of different sorts and makes restorative gestures, while engaging other practitioners through curatorial platforms. Kim’s former occupation as a journalist and managing various newsrooms informs her interdisciplinary work through an abiding interest in current affairs and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Kim lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Flipside: The Inadvertent Archive

The South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar is pleased to announce that Kim Gurney will be presenting “Flipside: The Inadvertent Archive” on 22 June 2021 at 14:00.

Mayday – Decolonisation: power and the public space

CHR Next Generation Fellow Kim Gurney was interviewed for a podcast by Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, on the topic of decolonisation and the public space.

Sets & Devices

Dr Kim Gurney, Next Generation scholar at the CHR, has created a limited edition photobook about life in the artisanal workshop of Sets & Devices in Salt River, Cape Town.

Green Screen

Green Screen, a newly launched work of creative nonfiction, follows the life of a film set created for a commercial by a team of artisans in Salt River, Cape Town, and how it morphs into a surprising series of second lives. The reader navigates this digital storymap online through a series of geolocations, visuals and text, authored by Kim Gurney and published by CHR.

Art, public space, and cities of the South

Cities in Development: Between Dystopia and Utopia

Seminar: Okechukwu Nwafor

Funeral Poster and Pre-Funeral Visual Economy in southeastern Nigeria

From platform to plotform: Artistic thinking in spaces of flux

This session shares work in progress on an African Centre for Cities (ACC) research project led by Kim Gurney called Platform/ Plotform to help forward future work and interdisciplinary outputs

Seminar: Willemien Froneman

Nico Carstens, Disavowal, and the Perverted Mind of Apartheid

Africa as Concept and Method: Emancipation, Decolonization, Freedom

The Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes (CHCI) Africa Workshop 2019 was hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with scholars from the CHR attending.

Re-Imagining as Destruction and Creation

Next Generation Scholar Kim Gurney to speak at Norval Foundation Symposium

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