The Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR) is looking for a creative, enthusiastic, and innovative individual for the role of Intern. The paid internship will involve a 2-day per week commitment for a six month period - from the beginning of April 2011 – September 2011. Outside of the 2-day week the intern should be willing to work extra time in preparation towards as well as during CHR special events. The candidate must be willing to also help out outside of the stipulated hours should the need arise. Deadline: Monday 19 March 2011.
The successful candidate should be highly motivated with the following basic skills and capacities:
- Computer literate (Use of word processing software, spreadsheet software, and slide presentations software)
- Basic knowledge in the contemporary visual arts in South Africa and beyond.
- Interest in art, history, politics, literature and writing.
- Writing skills.
- Communication skills.
- A capacity to organize, prioritize and manage their own time effectively.
Applicants with an arts background and research interest will be given preference.
The key roles of the Intern will include:
- Organizing the CHR archive
- Researching for current and future projects
- Liaising with artists and partners
- Writing proposals and reports
- The intern will be responsible for maintaining the CHR social networking pages like facebook, blogging and updating the website.
Applications: Please forward a comprehensive and updated CV with a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Monday 19 March 2011.
Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the interview dates at a later stage.
The CHR internship programme is made possible with the support of Africalia and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), and provides an excellent opportunity for on-the-job training and development for people interested in research based contemporary art practices, exhibition making, writing, arts management and building networks. The intern will be exposed to the administrative processes of managing an independent art space, some curatorial skills, as well as research processes involved in performance-based and site-specific art making.
The Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR) is a Johannesburg based independent platform founded in 2010 by a group of curators, artists and writers. CHR sets to look at history to investigate how, within a particular historical hegemony, certain values have been created and promoted into a broader universal discourse. CHR is a platform in which artistic productions become central in helping to deconstruct particular readings of history and how historical context informs artistic creation. It is a platform which questions how art can help reinterpret history and its contextual implications and how it can add and suggest different historical readings and help in the formation of new subjectivities. Furthermore CHR sets to investigate and to create dialogues between artistic practices in order to reveal how within their constellation certain histories are formed or formulated, repeated, universalised and preserved. As such, the exhibition becomes a site of artistic historical research.
CHR employs citations, transversal research processes, subversion and mediation. These forms are strategies at revealing how art could perform transformative effects in political spaces that may not yet be recognized as sites of struggle and may thus be allowed to enter a refreshed political sensibility. Historical reenactments as we see them allow for a politicization of history within the art context.