Organizers: Nick Shepherd and Christian Ernsten


The first iteration of the Curatorial Residency brings together scholars, curators and creatives in the city of Cape Town and Table Mountain.




Part of the distinctiveness of Cape Town as a city is the close association between the built environment and various natural worlds: the mountains, the beaches, the “fynbos”, the animal life, and the particular geology of the area. As part of the residency, participants will hike sections of the Hoerikwaggo Trail, a trail linking Cape Point to the city of Cape Town via Table Mountian. Passages of walking will be interspersed with workshop and presentation days, and opportunities to make and discuss work.


We are interested in the ways in which differential access to these nature cultures have shaped experiences of the city. How have they intersected with apartheid spatialities, and with the contemporary stylization of Cape Town as a global city of a particular kind? We are also interested in the actions of walking, as embodied engagement with a landscape and its histories.


Taking place from 6 – 15 December 2015 the hike is carefully curated in terms of its trajectory and its content. Passages of walking will be interspersed with presentations and discussions. We will make sure you get a feel for the distance but you also have the time to discuss and exchange. On the hand-drawn map you can see the stops on the Hoerikwaggo Trail: Cape Point (CP), Smitswinkel (SW), Red Hill (RH), Slangkop (SL), Silvermine (SM), Orange Kloof (OK) and, finally Table Mountain (TM).


A more detailed program will follow soon.