Editorial Board

[…] Ellipses Journal of Creative Research is managed by an Editor in Chief and Digital Editor, currently both roles are held by Dr. Tegan Bristow. The Editor in Chief is supported by an Editorial Board made up of Wits School of Arts, non Wits affiliated Regional members and non Wits affiliated International members. Each issue is edited by an Issue Editor elected by the Editorial Board. ~ Editorial Board pending final constitution


Wits School of the Arts Members

Prof. Christo Doherty Deputy Head of Research at the WITS School of Arts.

Bettina Malcomess is a writer, academic and artist. Her work exists in a diverse set of media and forms, ranging from long duration performance, to the staging of shorter interventions, and installation projects to the book as site of practice. She produces performances under the name Anne Historical. Malcomess’ writing traverses art, film, history, urbanism, as well as fiction. She co-authored the book Not No Place. Johannesburg, Fragments of Spaces and Times (Jacana, 2013). She was the visual editor of the book Routes and Rites to the City: Mobility, Diversity and Religious Space in Johannesburg (Palgrave, 2017). She has recently formed an interdisciplinary project called the joining rooma non|space for intermedial intimacies. Historical/Malcomess’ work has shown at various national and international exhibitions and spaces. She is a lecturer in Visual Arts at Wits School of Arts and is currently doing a PhD in Film Studies at Kings College, London.

Zen Marie is the founder of the […] Ellipses Journal (2015) – Marie is an artist who works in a variety of media. Core to his practice is a concern with how meaning is formed through different media, spaces and processes. While working from a position that begins with photography and film making he also works in performance, sculpture, graphic processes and writing. His areas of focus have included international sport, identity, nationalism, and public infrastructure. The binding link between these diverse areas has always been the relationship between desire, power, agency and their subversion. Marie currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is a Lecturer in Fine Art art at the WITS School of Art. He is also a PhD candidate at WITS, with a focus on areas of art and theory in relation to what he calls situated aesthetic practice.

Prof. Brett Pyper Head of the WITS School of the Arts.


Regional Members

James Macdonald is the Curatorial and Research Manager at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD), University of Johannesburg. In that capacity he is currently facilitating a number of long-term research platforms and exhibition projects, in conversation with local and international scholars and curators. In addition to these and other research-related projects, he has curated two print-related exhibitions at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and was co-curator for the 2017 and 2018 ICA Live Art Festivals, Cape Town.

Molemo Moiloa lives and works in Johannesburg, and has worked in various capacities at the intersection of creative practice and community organising. Molemo’s academic work has most recently focused on the political subjectivities of South African youth. She is also one half of the artist collaborative MADEYOULOOK, who explore everyday popular imaginaries and their modalities for knowledge production. Moiloa is currently deputy director of the forthcoming Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation. She was previously Director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA). Before that, she has worked within the Market Photo Workshop, the Social Anthropology department at the University of the Witwatersrand, and in a freelance capacity on a wide range of creative initiatives. Molemo has both a BA Fine Arts (cum laude) and MA Social Anthropology (cum laude) degree from WITS.


International Members

Reece Auguste Assistant Professor, University of Boulder in Colorado (USA). He is a documentary filmmaker and scholar whose research focuses on national cinemas, transnational screen cultures and documentary media practices. He was a co-founder of the seminal Black Audio Film Collective, which was at the forefront of radical filmmaking in ‘80s and ‘90s Britain. With BAFC, Auguste wrote and directed the award winning Twilight City and Mysteries of July. His essays on screen aesthetics and documentary practices have appeared in Framework, Cineaction, Undercut, Journal of Media Practice, The British Avant-Garde Film 1926-1995, Questions of Third Cinema, Dark Eros, The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Media and The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective. He is the recipient of the Grand Prize at Melbourne International Film Festival; Josef Von Sternberg Award, for most original film of the Mannheim International Film Festival, Golden Hugo Award for best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, and the International Documentary Association.

George Shire is a London based, Zimbabwean cultural theorist, self styled Bandungist and historian of ideas who has been engaged with questions of knowledge from the global south, with visual culture and decolonisation, and with tracking histories of art education in Southern Africa. His intellectual interests are moored inside the cultural studies tradition set out by Stuart Hall. His research interests are primarily in the intersections of artistic and political practice; working at the intersection of black studies, the place of colonialism in the making of modernity, and the material and technical politics of the Indian ocean. He is a member of the international editorial boards of the British New Left Journal “Soundings” and the peer reviewed journal DarkMatter. He previously taught at the Richmond Upon Thames College, London; the Open University; Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London; and Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a DJ, Jazz Saxophone player and I-Phone Photographer.