Jamsession 1 for 2022

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The JAMSESSION is a platform where members share Work / Experiences / Encounters / Travels that inspired them and will fuel creativity in others. Each presenter will have 40-45 minutes to present their topic, followed by an opportunity for discussion and comments from the participants.
For the upcoming Jamsession, we have 4 exciting presentations by creatives.

1. Esther Martins: Imagined Futures
2. Gilbert Balinda: Interpreted Memories
3. Marius Jansen van Vuuren: Large scale artworks, and the importance of collaborating relationships when activating public spaces
4. Nindya Bucktowar: mFragments of morphing ecosystems
Please join us online on Wednesday, 30 March at 13:00 pm for an afternoon filled with inspiration!


Esther Martins : Imagined Futures
Esther Martins is the Dean of the Built Environment Faculty at Inscape Education Group .She holds a Masters in Interior Architecture with research interests in meaning making, decolonising design and design education.She has served as a member of the DEFSA committee, and currently on the the IID Education Committee and the IID Diversity & Transformation Sub-Committee. Esther has a desire to see more designers of colour represented within the interior design sphere and a particular passion in amplifying the voices of recent design graduates as they enter industry.

Imagined futures is talk on a reflective practice that seeks to look at the past and present with the purpose of grappling with the future. The concept Imagined Futures is also known as alternative futures, future studies, design futures, experiential futures. Challenging of the current status quo is vital if we are to be future orientated, Angheloiu et al. (2019) state that “this can be framed as ways to develop and deploy prompts, artifacts, and narratives to critically interrogate tomorrow’ societal debates today; as such, it is intentional from the outset in its pursuit of preferable futures and therefore social and environmental justice.”


Gilbert Balinda: Interpreted Memories

Gilbert Balinda’s history is one that spans the vastly divergent cultural influences of East Africa and Europe, with the 1994 Rwandan genocide serving as the catalytic bridge between his childhood in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, and his family’s eventual asylum in Belgium. In Brussels, Balinda studied at the College
St Michel before completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture St-Luc de Bruxelles, graduating magna cum laude in 2005 and cum laude in 2007 respectively.
In 2008, he embarked on his professional career in South Africa, where he worked with celebrated architectural firm Mashabane Rose Associates until 2015 before co-founding Johannesburg based interior-architectural studio Laterale with fellow St-Luc graduate Timothy Vandenbroeke. With work spanning two continents, serving diverse communities across a gamut of geographic and sociocultural contexts, Gilbert Balinda Architects is dedicated to designing architectural, and spatial programmes that respond to the critical challenges of contemporary real-world experience. The studio’s work is deeply informed by cultural context, collective memory and human connection.


Marius Jansen van Vuuren: Large scale artworks, and the importance of collaborating relationships when activating public spaces
Marius Jansen van Vuuren is a multidisciplinary artist working in various materials. Part of his process is collaborating with other artists when creating artworks in public spaces. His interests speak to establishing relationships with the spaces that we inhabit, both physical as well as social. Consequently, his works aim to engage the public as part of his art creation process.
Born in 1981, Jansen van Vuuren received his BTech: Fine Arts degree from the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein in 2009, and has since worked as an artist, facilitator, educator, and art coordinator. In 2016 he built a giant sculpture as part of the flagship project of the Free State Art Festival. This led to collaborations with international artists on a variety of large-scale works, including the world’s largest straw squirrel in Kazakhstan, as well as works in China and the UK.

Recently he coordinated the Presidential Public Arts Program (PPAP) which enabled 100 artists to create mural paintings as part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Plan (PESP).


Nindya Bucktowar: mFragments of morphing ecosystems

Inspired by natural and urban landscapes, Nindya Bucktowar, works with clay to investigate the fragments of these ever morphing ecosystems. Her concern is to share this experience and metaphorical notion with her viewers; compelling us to re-investigate our relationship with the landscapes we occupy. Bucktowar is scheduled for a residency in March/April 2022 at Imiso Ceramics, Cape Town, where she will work on large scale sculptures, as part of her 2022 ceramic installations.
Nindya Bucktowar (b. 1988 Mauritius) graduated with a Bachelor in Architectural Studies at Nelson Mandela University in 2013. Bucktowar currently runs her own multidisciplinary design practice and ceramic business. She is director of Nindya Ceramics and co-director of NT Design Studio, NT Leather and Kalki Ceramics. She lectured in the Architectural Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 2019-2022.
At the beginning of 2021 Bucktowar was selected for the RMB Talent Unlocked programme in association with Everard Read and Strauss & co, where she exhibited her work at Circa Gallery in Johannesburg and her work was acquired by FirstRand Bank art collection. Bucktowar has exhibited on notable group shows at Circa Everard Read, Melrose Gallery, Villa Arcadia (CSA_Gauteng), Kim Sacks Gallery, 100% Design, Tatham Gallery, Tamasa Gallery, KZNSA Gallery and African Art Centre. Collaborative projects include working with Durban Art Gallery, South African Network Cities, 100% Design (Decorex), Mr Price and Red Bull.


We invite you to join us for another very inspiring online JAMSESSION.
Date: Thursday, 30 March 2022
Time: 13:30 – 16:30
Cost: PIA Members: R250.00; Non-Members: R400.00
CPD credits in CAT 1: 0.3







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