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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Lecturer tests evaluation of creative works in academia

PATHFINDER: CPUT lecturer Walter Buchholz’ ongoing solo exhibition, Perpetual Ephemera, makes him the first person in South Africa to test a new Higher Education Policy on evaluating creative works. PATHFINDER: CPUT lecturer Walter Buchholz’ ongoing solo exhibition, Perpetual Ephemera, makes him the first person in South Africa to test a new Higher Education Policy on evaluating creative works.

A CPUT lecturer is the first person in South Africa to test a new Higher Education Policy on evaluating creative works.

If successful, Walter Buchholz’ solo exhibition, Perpetual Ephemera, may be considered for academic credential and will be the equivalent of a journal article. This will pave the way for other academic creatives to have their work evaluated in more than just publication form.

The exhibition consists of 25 assemblages which are constructs of painting, collage and multimedia. Buchholz says the material for the exhibition have all been things he has been collecting for decades and which he perpetually recreates in various forms over the years.

“What I am using are by-products and discards, normally things that have a short lifespan. I hack, cut, saw and resin and what I am trying to capture in this work is the phenomena of self-perpetuating self-publication through social media,” he says.

“So the discarded ephemera and the perpetuating of it is sort of a representation of how we consume and self-publish. Essentially the work is a testament to perpetuating the moments that really should be fleeting and ephemeral.”

The sub-theme of the exhibition is that of the Emoji God.

Buchholz says he was amused by how society has become accustomed to using emojis to have hefty, emotional conversations.

The exhibition has been housed at CPUT’s Design Garage in Roeland Street since 17 October 2019.

Perpetual Ephemera will be peer-reviewed by Prof Elizabeth Gunter from the University of Stellenbosch and Dr Matthew Blackman in order to comply with the 2017 Policy on the Evaluation of Creative Outputs and Innovations Produced by Public Higher Education Institutions.

Written by Lauren Kansley

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