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Johann van der Schijff

Johann van der Schijff

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Johann van der Schijff holds a Master of Fine Art (new media) (1997) Frank Mohr Instituut, Academie Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands; a Master of Fine Art (sculpture) (1994), University of Cape Town; and a Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Pretoria (1990). His sculptural/new media works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Johann’s research interests are in the areas of computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques and the design of interactive systems. Growing up in South Africa and living in a violent country and continent, questions of power relations in society underlie much of his work, forcing the viewer into a position of choice in their engagement with his artworks.

Solo Exhibitions

  • Community Punching Bags or CPBs project – an artwork by Johann van der Schijff in collaboration with art educators and high school learners from and around Cape Town, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, 10 – 29 July 2012
  • Community Punching Bags or CPBs – an artwork by Johann van der Schijff in collaboration with art teachers and learners from Cape Town, Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, Cape Town, 23 May – 16 June (extended until 23 June) 2012
  • The Arm-Wrestling Podium or AWP, solo exhibition, Worldart Gallery, Cape Town, 1 November – 9 November 2007
  • Power Play, solo exhibition, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, 25 April – 20 May 2006
  • YIELD – solo installation, Ziegler Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, 1997
  • An Electronic Laager – solo exhibition, Master of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 1994

Group Exhibitions

  • 3rd World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, Biscuiterie, Dakar, Senegal, 10 – 31 December 2010
  • Spier Contemporary Winners Tour, Polokwane Museum, Polokwane, 8 November – 8 December 2010
  • Draw links – an exhibition of contemporary drawings, Gallery AOP (Art on Paper), Johannesburg, 9 – 30 October 2010
  • Spier Contemporary Winners Tour, Aardklop Festival, North West University, Potchefstroom, 27 September – 2 October 2010
  • Spier Contemporary Winners Tour, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, 27 July – 15 August 2010
  • Spier Contemporary Winners Tour, Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, Port Elizabeth, 17 June – 17 July 2010
  • TWENTY – South African Sculpture of the Last Two Decades, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, 6 June – 15 August 2010
  • Own Goal, The Association of the visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town, 31 May – 25 June 2010
  • Current Matters, The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek, 18 April – 19 May 2010
  • Salon Africain du Design, Cotonou , Benin, 26 – 30 April 2010
  • Spier Contemporary 2010, Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town, 14 March – 14 May 2010. Prizewinner: Artist-in-Residency award, Thamgidi Foundation, Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Temporary Art Product Exchange or T-A-P-E, Made in Arnhem festival of visual arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 27 September – 25 October 2009
  • Ways of life, reconsideration, Exhibition of African designers, 2nd edition of the Pan-African Festival of Algiers, Le Musée national d’art moderne et contemporain d’Alger (MAMA), Algeria, 5 July – 20 July 2009
  • Spot on… DAK’ART, The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa), ifa-Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 3 April – 21 June 2009 & ifa-Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany, 15 October 2009 – 3 January 2010
  • A century in the service of knowledge: Visuality/Commentary. The Centenary exhibition of the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 11 – 23 May 2008
  • DAK’ART 2008, International Exhibition of the Biennale of African Contemporary Art, Théodore Monod Museum (IFAN), Dakar, Senegal, 9 May – 9 June. Prizewinner of two main awards: European Union Award & Zuloga Corporation Award 2008
  • Joburg Art Fair, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, 13 – 16 March 2008
  • The Arm-Wrestling Podium or AWP, unveiling of public sculpture, The AVA in collaboration with the J.K. Gross Trust and Spier, The Association of the visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town, 1 November 2007
  • Home, curated group exhibition, The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town, 26 September – 6 October 2006
  • Public Sculpture Competition and exhibition, J.K. Gross Trust, Spier and the Association For Visual Arts, Cape Town, 23 August – 1 September 2006
  • Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), curated group exhibition, Oudshoorn, 25 March – 2 April 2005
  • Curiosity CLXXV, Hiddingh Hall, Cape Town, 22 November – 1 April 2004
  • The Design Indaba Expo, Bell Roberts Gallery Stand, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, 26 – 29 February 2004
  • The 2nd Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennale, Spier estate, Stellenbosch, 15 January – 15th March 2004
  • Picnic, a group show for summer lightly curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, 8 – 29 November 2003
  • YDEsire, The 4th Softserve Art Party, The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, 22 February 2003
  • MICAELIS SCHOOL OF FINE ART STAFF, Variable Contrast – group exhibition as part of THE CAPE TOWN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 2002
  • INSIG BIOSKOOP ABSOLUT – animation festival, Klein Karoo Kunsfees, Oudtshoorn, 2002
  • YIELD – group installation as part of URBAN FUTURES exhibition, Civic Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg, 2000
  • UNPLUGGED – group exhibition, Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg, 2000
  • Groundswell – contemporary South African art exhibition, The Mermaid Theatre Gallery, London, UK, 1996
  • Radio South Africa: radio’s by artists – group exhibition, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1995
  • Johannesburg Bienale – fringe exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1995
  • Transport Show – group exhibition, Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1994
  • Volkskas Atelier Award – competition, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1993
  • Volkskas Atelier Award – competition, regional finalists, Cape Town, South Africa, 1993
  • Volkskas Atelier Award – competition, finalists, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1991
  • USA Information Service – group exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa. 1990
  • Private group exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa, 1990
  • SANLAM bursary competition – competition, Cape Town, South Africa, 1989 – 1990
  • New Signatures – competition, overall winner 1988, Pretoria, South Africa, 1988 – 1990

Awards

  • 2010 Spier Contemporary 2010, Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town, 14 March – 14 May. Prizewinner: Artistin- Residency award, Thamdigi Foundation, Arnhem, Netherlands.
  • 2008 International Exhibition of the Biennale of African Contemporary Art, DAK’ART 2008, Dakar, Senegal, 9 May to 9 June. Prizewinner of two main awards: European Union Award & Zuloga Corporation Award.
  • 2006 Winner Public Sculpture Competition, Association For Visual Arts, Cape Town
  • 1991 Merit award Volkskas Atelier Award
  • 1990 Merit award New Signatures Competition, South African Association of Arts
  • 1990 Runner up Best rag magazine, South African Universities – Editor
  • 1989 Winner Best rag magazine, South African Universities – Editor
  • 1988 Overall winner New Signatures Competition, South African Association of Arts
  • 1986 Best matric art student, Afrikaanse Höer Seunskool

Publications

  • VAN DER SCHIJFF, J. (ed.) 2012. Community Punching Bags or CPBs – an artwork by Johann van der Schijff in collaboration with art teachers and learners from Cape Town (exhibition catalogue), University of Cape Town, Cape Town. 1-85. ISBN: 978-0-620-53521-2
  • VAN DER SCHIJFF, J. 2010. Heartbreaker, Artworks in Progress, journal of the staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town. 56-60. ISBN: 978-0-620-48450-3
  • VAN DER SCHIJFF, J. 2008. Participatory Podia, Artworks in Progress, journal of the staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town. 86-91. ISBN: 978-0-620-42166-9
  • VAN DER SCHIJFF, J. 2006. Iron Triangle, Artworks in Progress, journal of the staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town. 70-73. ISBN: 978-0-620-37407-1
  • VAN DER SCHIJFF, J. (ed.) 2005. Power Play (exhibition catalogue). Bell-Roberts Publishing, Cape Town. 1-24. ISBN: 0-9585104-7-4
  • VAN DER SCHIJFF, J. 2003. Missile/Missile, Artworks in Progress, journal of the staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town. 55-59.
  • EBERT, D. (ed.) 1997. VISUAL PROCEEDINGS. The Art and Interdisciplinary Programs of SIGGRAPH 97. New York: The Association for Computer Machinery, Inc. ISBN 0-89791-921-1 page 144, The Virtual Harvester Project.
  • VAN DER SCHIJFF, J. 1997. The Virtual Harvester. Documentation and commentary on the body of practical work submitted for Postgraduate Programme in New Media, Academie Minerva, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. 51 pages.
  • VAN DER SCHIJFF, J. 1994. An Electronic Laager. Documentation and commentary on the body of practical work submitted for the degree of Master of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. 110 pages.

Conferences

  • Community Punching Bags as part of a round table discussion What are the components needed to create a good platform for intercultural dialogue and art?, Osloo Platform, 54th Venice Biennial, Italy, June 2 2011
  • Artist presentation, Thamgidi Foundation, Arnhem, Netherlands, June 19 2010 • Salon Africain du Designxviii, Cotonou , Benin, 26 – 30 April 2009
  • Ways of life, reconsideration, Exhibition of African designers, 2nd edition of the Pan-African Festival of Algiers. Related conference at École supérieure des beaux arts d’Alger (ESBA) Parc Ziryab – Boulevard Krim Belkacem, Algeria, 6 July 2008
  • Conference Co-Chair, DIS2008 – the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Cape Town, South Africa, Monday 25 February – Wednesday 27 February, http://old.sigchi.org/dis2008/ or http://www.sigchi.org/dis2008/ 2006
  • Chair, New forms of interaction session, DIS2006 – the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA, Monday June 26 2004
  • Design Symposium, Reflections on design and design education, Department of Fine Arts, University of Stellenbosch, 29 – 30 March 2002
  • UCT Film and New Media Institute, Sithengi, The 7th Southern African International Film and Television Market, Cape Town, 10 – 14 November
  • UCT Institute for Film and New Media, DEFSA (Design Education Forum of South Africa) National Conference, Design, Research and Development, Clarens, Eastern Free State, 22 – 24 September
  • Web design and the use of the Web in film and new media production, 4th Annual Conference on World Wide Web Applications, University of Stellenbosch Business School, Bellville, Cape Town, 4 – 5 September
  • Institute for Film and New Media, CITI Listening Lunch – public presentation. Cape Information Technology Initiative, The Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town, 12 July 1999
  • Two Opposing Trends – Partitioning of media subjects at educational Level, Convergence of media in the workplace – public presentation, DEFSA 1999 – DESIGN FUSION: THE DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN BEYOND 2000, Johannesburg 1997
  • THE VIRTUAL HARVESTER – public presentationxix, SIGGRAPH 97 Art & Design Sketches, Los Angeles, USA
  • THE VIRTUAL HARVESTER – public presentation, Postgraduate Programme in New Media, MEDIA-GN, Groningen, The Netherlands
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