AfriSam Audio Tour
Dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge practice and contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora, Zeitz MOCAA presents AfriSam Audio Tours for visitors of all age groups and ethnicities. Generously sponsored by AfriSam, the self-guided audio tour will unveil unique stories about the museum’s collection and architecture. The tours will feature diverse commentaries from leading artists, curators, architects, designers and visionaries to enrich the visitor’s experience and give a holistic narrative of the architecture and artwork in the museum’s collection.
The audio tours will be available in three different journeys targeted at adults, children and those interested in the museum’s architecture. The tours are easy to use and a free audio gateway to Zeitz MOCAA’s twenty-first-century art and historic architecture. Initially available in English, the tours will be expanded to three local languages, to accommodate a diverse audience. The additional languages will be isiXhosa, isiZulu, and Afrikaans. Audiences can pick up their user-friendly and intuitive handheld audio-guide device and return it at the end of their tour at the reception desk in the atrium, on a rental basis.
Each of the three tours will have approximately 20 stops that will give bite-sized insights into the visual presentation that viewers are encountering. The common stops that will feature in all three of the tours include the BMW Atrium (a central feature of the museum); the Sculpture Garden (featuring both artists and architectural elements); and the Centre for the Moving Image, which also features artistic interventions and interesting architectural stories.
AfriSam Architecture Tour
Built in 1921, the Grain Silo remains an iconic feature of Cape Town’s skyline. The AfriSam Architectural Tour will give visitors insight into the industrial past of the Grain Silo building and its reformed architectural design by Thomas Heatherwick, of Heatherwick Studios. Inspired by a grain corn, scaled up and used as a cutting tool, the impressive BMW Atrium introduces visitors to what lies ahead, as well as the complex design processes and architecture of the building. From the pillowing, glazed panel windows that reflect Cape Town’s landscape to the found spaces that highlight the past life of the building, this audio tour will give visitors an in-depth understanding of Zeitz MOCAA’s architecture. The museum’s monumental architectural facades will be brought to life with commentary from the building’s architects - Heatherwick Studios and Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects - and perspectives of the V&A Waterfront development team, amongst other key role players in the making of the building. In addition to the architectural perspectives, this tour will include a historical viewpoint from Heritage Consultant, David Worth.
AfriSam Art Tour
With the aim of providing economically viable access to a core collection of art to the public, the AfriSam Art Tour will explore the museum’s permanent shows and travelling exhibitions, both of which focus on contemporary art from Africa. The museum boasts six research centres that include the Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography, the Costume Institute, the Centre for Art Education, the Centre for the Moving Image, the Centre for Performative Practice, and the Centre for Curatorial Excellence. For the research that comes out of these centres to reach maximum impact, the art audio tour will provide a free and accessible platform for visitors to truly immerse themselves in art from Africa and the Diaspora. Some of the stops in this tour will include insights into the works of prominent artists such as Nandipha Mntambo, Kudzanai Chiurai, and Edson Chagas. A combination of insights from artists and curators will also be featured in this tour.
AfriSam Children's Tour
As part of Zeitz MOCAA’s Centre for Art Education, children of all age groups will encounter unprecedented experiences of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora through supporting education and enrichment programmes. To complement the Centre for Art Education, the AfriSam Children's Tour has been designed for children aged between 6 and 18, as well as their families. Similar to the art tour, the educational tour will take a close look at the museum's seminal artworks and installations to ensure that children get a true understanding of the Zeitz MOCAA collection, the various aspects that go into art making, and the conceptualisation that informs the art process. In line with the museum’s objectives, this tour will enrich, inspire and bring art and culture to school children, broadening their perspectives on contemporary art from Africa.