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The night before leaving Dundee, we returned to the 97 Mckenzie street site with projector and screens in tow. The screens were installed over the foundations of the old house and a stop-motion animation of the various imagined buildings and facilities, which passerby’s had constructed in a workshop, using collage pieces (see blog post on […]
Throughout the Oral History component of the project, the Dundee Curfew Bell was mentioned several times. While Dundee has extensive archival records surrounding the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo- Boer Wars, we discovered there were few existing records of the towns more recent history. A majority of younger citizens knew nothing of the notorious bell that wrung […]
Amongst the many humorous phrases and idioms, we encountered during our time in Dundee: “Never trust a town that has more churches than bars” proved to be one of the most indelible. Ambling through the centre of town, one is confronted by churches of just about every conceivable denomination (The NG Kerk, The New Life, […]
Throughout our explorations of Dundee, there was one site that got us excited from the outset and that was the Union Street Municipal Bath. We had stumbled upon pictures of the pool (opened in 1924) while sifting through the Talana archives. Apparently, the pool dried up a few years after the Municipality sold it to […]
When we first arrived in Dundee we were amazed at how many gate posts remained at the entrances to empty properties around the town. One of which was 97 Mackenzie Street, situated in the middle of a Dundee suburb. All that remains on the site are two gate-posts (minus gate) and the foundations of a […]
Things have been pretty full-on since our arrival back in Dundee for what is the third and final leg of our Living Within History project. There hasn’t been much time to sit down and pen weekly progress reports, so we hope the following posts give a clearer sense of what has been going down and […]
The following stills are a selection of imagery generated from a series of workshops held twice a week throughout December at the Umzinyathi Education centre. Various youngsters and community members participated in the workshops, liberally cutting up and re-arranging over 400 images of Dundee (mostly sourced from the Talana Archives). The first session of […]