Wolff Architects Winter School: Athi Patra Ruga and Anelisa Mangcu

‘Renewing our habits of assembly: borrowing thoughts and practices from Fred Moten and Katriena Majiet’

When students learn to make buildings in architecture schools, the traditional curriculum demands that these new buildings are conceived as potential new and empty spaces, to be filled later with things accumulated over time. But could we, instead, follow Katriena Majiet’s method, who as photographed here by Paul Grendon, is captured building around what she already has, with what she has gathered and, around what she has gathered? Majiet’s method is a demonstration of a particular habit of assembly, a knowledge of construction and a method of gathering that does not easily distinguish between what is gathered and who is gathering.

This winters school series explores her method of assembly as a potential new habit.

During this conversation, co-founders of Victory-of-the-word, Athi-Patra Ruga and Anelisa Mangcu will introduce the audience to the story of how the legacy of Lovedale press can be embodied in new and interesting ways as a valid avenue to the preservation of language.

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Genre: Talk
  • Duration (minutes): 75mins
  • Release Date: July 27, 2021 19:00 - July 31, 2021 23:59



Wolff Architects: Ilze Wolff
Victory of the Word: Athi Patra Ruga and Anelisa Mangcu


Founded during the National Lockdown in 2020 , Victory of the Word is an artist-run development platform inspired by the 200 year legacy of Lovedale Press and we are committed to serving independent artists and the preservation of language both visual and written. Our first project outside of our Lovedale project was the BODYLAND Residency hosted in the Eastern Cape. The University of Fort Hare’s Hunterstoun Centre funded by The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, in association with Victory of the Word, proudly hosted 8 young artists in the idyllic Amathole village of Hogsback, South Africa, from the October to November 2020.
The 8 artists are in production under the mentorship of Bodyland Directors Athi-Patra Ruga for a group exhibition in spring/summer 2021-22.