Community Engagement is a key aspect of the work of the Human Sciences Research Council’s Sweetwaters office. The research centre is situated in the peri-urban Vulindlela District and undertakes social science research on a range of issues affecting local communities. The learnings from these communities can be further shared and applied in other settings.

In order to better understand the needs of this community, the HSRC Sweetwaters office embarked on a photovoice project. Photovoice is a participatory action research strategy primarily used in research involving marginalised communities. Photography is combined with other techniques, (e.g. critical dialogue) to encourage participants to reflect on and speak to community concerns. The images (and by extension the voices) can create awareness, engagement and meaningful dialogue with stakeholders and decision makers.

The intention of the project, was to work with vulnerable youth from the Sweetwaters area to gain insights into the challenges and risks faced by the community, especially as they are experienced by young men and women.

Research communication specialists, Jive Media Africa was asked to assist with the production and facilitation of a number of community events, designed to disseminate the outcomes of the project. Two events were held, an exhibition at the Jack Heath Gallery, curated by the Centre for Visual Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a gathering of residents from the Edendale area which formed part of the study.

In order to showcase the work of the photographers in these different settings, Jive Media Africa adjusted the delivery mechanism for each setting. For the gallery exhibition, the images were printed and mounted individually. These images have subsequently been sent to the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. For the event targeting young people and residents of the study area, which took place in the Caluza Sports Centre, the images were printed onto long vinyl banners. These banners will be used in an ongoing tour to schools to continue to engage young people in discussions about issues of importune to them.

In addition, Jive Media Africa has created a portfolio of these images in printed form.

Dr Alastair Van Heerden, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Sweetwaters Office, posed interesting questions at the opening of the Amazwi Ethu: Speaking Back exhibition held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  What qualifies as photography art? Would it have been better to show images taken by professionals?  It was clear from the exhibition that amateur photographers are equally, if not more capable of conveying important messages about their perceptions and experiences of the world. Amazwi Ethu is one of the outcomes of a photovoice research project implemented by the HSRC Sweetwaters office. The aim of the project was to allow young people from the Sweetwaters community to raise their concerns and experiences through photography.

As research engagement specialists, Jive Media Africa was contracted by the HSRC to assist in the production of a series of community engagement events to profile this research to a wider audience. This included a public exhibition of photographs at the Centre for Visual arts (CVA) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), a community meeting in Edendale and the production of aprinted catalogue.

  

Jive Media Africa was privileged to support the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Human Development with its science engagement activities at the CoE Directors’ Forum which took place on the 25th and 26th of August 2016 at the Howard College Campus in Durban. The Centres of Excellence programme is an initiative of the National Research Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology that takes place annually. Jive supports CoEHuman, the first of the CoE’s with a focus on Social Sciences, with science communication services. These range from communication strategy and media production support to developing engaging ways to interact with the public around the science being undertaken through the programme. School learners were very excited by and engaged with the activities at the exhibit. Here are some photographs from the event…

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Dr Phil Mjwara (Director General of the DST) and Prof Linda Richter – Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development

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The history of the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) takes place against the backdrop of the tumultuous events of the 1980’s, 90’s and 2000’s as South Africa experienced the destructive power of the Apartheid system, its death throes and finally the birth of a new political dispensation. Today, 35 years since its inception in 1979, it continues to challenge the Pietermaritzburg community to think critically about development and social justice issues.

Recently PACSA, in association with the Alan Paton Centre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, created an archive of material relating to this dramatic history. Jive Media Africa was commissioned to develop an exhibition to make this material accessible to wide audiences. The final result: “PACSA – Stories of Crisis and Compassion” is a series of wall banners which are now housed at the PACSA offices and which draw archival elements which act as a reminder for those who were there and in inspiration and encouragement to those who continue to work for justice.

To read more on the Archive Exhibition or to view the gallery of photographs click here

Jive Media Africa have put together a number of exhibitions around subjects such as PalaeoTourism (Client: Dept of Science and Technology), Astronomy (Clients: SKA, IYA), Political Cartooning (Client: EU/ CWCI), Antarctica (Client: Robert Inglis), etc.

Here are some hightlights:

Mobile Exhibition: International Year of Astronomy (IYA) banner – “The Universe – yours to explore”

Making the universe everyone’s to explore.

We’re bringing the universe closer to ordinary South Africans. Jive Media has produced a 10m long banner with the stunning images from deep space that are usually only available to those with internet access.

This banner showcases space to the general public. Large, high resolution images of near and deep space will showcase phenomenon such as nebulae, supernovas, globular clusters and galaxies, in all their brilliance. Images of our sun, earth and moon as many have never seen them before, as well as the planets in our solar system, are also showcased.


SKA Banners

An extract from an email received from Charles Phillips appears below:

Hi Marina –
This is just to say how thrilled we are to receive the fantastic set of six
SKA banners recently, and to confirm that these are now proudly hung near
our Space Zone along with all our space and astronomy displays which include
a large SALT model, Mark Shuttleworth’s space suit and a replica of his
Soyuz capsule, interactive Mars Rover plus some actual space debris that
landed in W/Cape some years ago etc etc!

Kind regards –
Charles Phillips – Exhibition Manager
MTN Sciencentre, Cape Town
www.mtnsciencentre.org.za


Cartooning for Democracy: 10 years of political cartooning
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We curated a hugely successful exhibition held first at The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, and then at Museum Africa, Johannesburg. The Exhibition consisted of 150 cartoons from the last decade, as well as workshops for aspiring cartoonists, and educational materials. This exhibition was funded by the CWCI, EU funding.


Antarctica: Healing in Harsh Places
A Photographic Exhibition by Robert Inglis

 
 
 

This exhibition ran at The Tatham Art Gallery, containing beautiful A2 photographs of Robert Inglis’ overwinter 15 month stay in Antarctica. The exhibition was dedicated to a young man who died of AIDS-related complications, who had one of Robert’s photographs of Antarctica on his wall.

A mobile open-source exhibition for the International Year of Astronomy!
Downloadable 10m banner for you to print and exhibit (Client: SAASTA)

Making the universe everyone’s to explore.

We’re bringing the universe closer to ordinary South Africans. Jive Media has produced a 10m long banner with the stunning images from deep space that are usually only available to those with internet access. It has been printed across the country and is hanging in various locations such as the Zoo in Pretoria, Science Centres, etc.

This banner showcases space to the general public. Large, high resolution images of near and deep space will showcase phenomenon such as nebulae, supernovas, globular clusters and galaxies, in all their brilliance. Images of our sun, earth and moon as many have never seen them before, as well as the planets in our solar system, are also showcased.

Jive Media Africa completed a tour around South Africa visiting the prehistory sites that have shaped world knowledge on the evolution of life – and more recently human life – on our planet. These palaeontological and archaeological sites create a wonderful opportunity to share science with the public. They take us back to humankind’s African Origins.

Jive Media Africa produced 3 books about the sites, specifically a learner guide, a tourism guide
and portfolio of research activities. We have also produced a series of newspaper articles that have featured in the Sunday Times Travel and Food supplement and on the Timeslive website (http://www.timeslive.co.za/).
Nonhlanhla Vilakazi, a palaeo-herpitologist (studies fossilized reptiles), came along for the ride and recorded her experiences (in words, images and video clips) on a weblog.

Sunday Times Articles:

Video Blog:

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Email: info@jivemedia.co.za
Address: P.O. Box 22016, Mayor’s Walk, 3208

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