We have been gathering stones for another isivivane in the museum! The CVA Artist Collective, made up of staff and students of the Centre for Visual Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, is working with the KwaZulu-Natal Museum’s Department of Human Sciences on the isivivane project, which is a creative experiment that explores the use of art as a mode of enquiry within the museum. SIVIVANE SOGOGO! this year is the final moment in a trilogy, building on isivivane in 2021 and ukuphosa itshe esivaneni in 2022. This year we are working with stones from the museum’s own collections, taking them out of storage and playing with them creatively in the public galleries. Among these are items from the ‘teaching collection’ including hand-axes, bored stones and grindstones.
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The ‘teaching collection’ is made up of items that have no provenance, and so are not useful for archaeological research. It is a set of materials that people are allowed to touch and hold. Photo: J. Wintjes.
To prepare these objects for display they need to be catalogued. Cataloguing involves giving each item a unique number, brief description and photograph. Photo: M. Munzhedzi.