June 29th, 2014 by christo
Since graduating with an MA in Interactive Media from Wits Digital Arts in 2012, Pauline Theart has continued to explore the possibilities of Sound Art in a South African context. Theart uses uses her voice and traditional Afrikaans song structures to explore and redefine culturally significant architectural spaces within the South African urban environment. In this piece, performed inside Ponte City, a dystopian Johannesburg Brutalist landmark built in the 1970s, Theart sang a traditional Afrikaans lullaby over a one hour period on Friday 20 June 2014.
The German writer Norman Ohler wrote “Ponte sums up all the hope, all the wrong ideas of modernism, all the decay, all the craziness of the city. It is a symbolic building, a sort of white whale, it is concrete fear, the tower of Babel, and yet it is strangely beautiful”
Situating herself on the Witwatersrand rock at the base of the building, and using her voice as an instrument to articulate spacial dynamics, Theart used the resonances offered by the vast architectural forms of the the 54-story Ponte City tower and its raw concrete foundations to sound out the intimidating beauty of the tallest residential structure in Africa.
[photos by Christo Doherty]
June 27th, 2014 by Tegan
On 28 May 2014 the Digital Arts faculty was graced by the presence of Illustrator Warren Louw. Louw was welcomed by a packed seminar room full of students and lecturers, both eager to learn from his experience as a local as well as international Digital illustrator. Having worked as an Illustrator for some of the biggest gaming and comic franchises worldwide, Louw did not disappoint in sharing his experiences with the crowd for the benefit of budding illustrators within the digital art faculty. Speaking respectively of his roles as both artist and professional freelancer, Louw spoke about the challenges he’s faced in refining his art, as well as those faced in a professional capacity, advising aspiring illustrators on the ins and outs of the job. Louw was a great sport in answering the many questions fired at him by the crowd, and encouraged young artists to keep working towards their dream, focusing on the fundamentals of drawing and always remaining modest enough to be able to grow and learn.
June 26th, 2014 by christo
Double Take – installation by Lala Crafford
Double Take - installation by Zarcia Zacheus
[Photos by Christo Doherty]
Double Take – installation by Hadassah Myers
June 10th, 2014 by Tegan
All are welcome to attend the mid year interactive media installation exam exhibition.
The exhibition features installation work by the MA in interactive digital media practice course. These are first time installations developed by individual students and driven by their particular research or artistic interests in interactive media.