Data Art for GCRO Quality of Life Survey

August 20th, 2014 by Tegan

On Thursday, 14 August  2014 the Gauteng City-Region Observatory held an event at WITS for the launch of their Quality of Life Survey. This is a survey conducted in Gauteng during 2013 regarding civil issues as well as general public satisfaction levels. The GCRO Survey Launch, held at the Wits was attended by the media as well as local dignitaries; the Premier of Gauteng, Hon David Mathura and Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr Parks Tau, acting in his capacity as Chair of SALGA Gauteng.

The launch also marked an important occasion for the Wits Digital Arts Division, as it served to the display of the first collaboration work between the GCRO and students of the 4th Year and Honors Digital Arts Interactive Media class (headed by Tegan Bristow). As a final exam project of this 1st semester course, which focuses on data art and creative coding, students were asked to create interactive data visualizations for the GCRO Quality of Life Survey, to represent the data in an relatable, visual and interactive way. Impressed by the dynamism and creative quality of results, six top student works were chosen by the GCRO to be displayed for the official launch of the Quality of Life Survey. These students were: Johara Mansura, Riccardo Taglliati, Jayson Junkoon, Michelle McDulling, Katherine Donald and Louwrens Ferrieria.

At the launch the survey was presented both through comparative presentations representing the last three surveys (2009, 2011 and 2013) by the GCRO, which was complimented by an exhibition of the students data visualisations on touch screens, allowing attendees to engage personally and interactively with creative data visualisations.

To continue this collaboration, the Interactive visualisations will be available on the GCRO website later on in the year and the 2015 Data Art class will continue to work with this extensive body of data from the GCRO.

 

Guy Tangros from the GCRO, who worked with students to develop the interactive data visualizations. Here with students Johara Mansura on the left and Michelle McDulling on the right. Photo: Johara Mansura

Guy Tangros from the GCRO, who worked with students to develop the interactive data visualizations. Here with students Johara Mansura on the left and Michelle McDulling on the right. Photo: Johara Mansura

Gauteng Major Parks Tau speaking at the Survey Launch. Photo: Johara Mansura

Gauteng Major Parks Tau speaking at the Survey Launch. Photo: Johara Mansura

Members of the public interacting with interactive data art visualization at the Quality of Life Survey Launch. Photo: Johara Mansura

Members of the public interacting with interactive data art visualization at the Quality of Life Survey Launch. Photo: Johara Mansura

Member of the public interacting with interactive data art visualization at the Quality of Life Survey Launch. Photo: Johara Mansura

Member of the public interacting with interactive data art visualization at the Quality of Life Survey Launch. Photo: Johara Mansura

Tag indicating the title of Jayson Junkoon’s Data Art visualization, “Respondents who believe that Black and Whites will never trust each other”. Photo: Tegan Bristow

Tag indicating the title of Jayson Junkoon’s Data Art visualization, “Respondents who believe that Black and Whites will never trust each other”. Photo: Tegan Bristow

 

Tegan Bristow at Creative Women Show & Tell

August 14th, 2014 by Tegan

Tegan Bristow lecturer in Interactive Digital Media, spoke at 10and5′s Creative Women Show & Tell, along with artist Billy Zangewa and fashion designer Suzane Heyns on 13th August. Find the 10and5 write up on the Creative Women Show & Tell here.

10and5 featured Tegan as part of their celebration of Woman for South Africa’s woman’s month and national woman’s day on the 9th of August.

The 9th of August commemorates a national march of women on this day 1956 to petition against the pass laws required South Africans defined as “black” to carry a ‘”pass” an internal passport that severely restricted their movement.

Photo from 10and5 feature write up. See 10and5.

Image from 10and5 feature write up. See 10and5.

 

from V to X – Goodman Gallery

July 22nd, 2014 by Tegan

Last month on the 28th of June, the Goodman Gallery held it’s first experimental and live streaming event between Paris, Johannesburg and Stuttgart.

The event titled “from V to X via Paris” showcased live sound, video and performance works by artist’s Bogosi Sekhukhuni currently on residency with Google in Paris and Siyabonga Mthembu of the Brother Moves On, on residency in Stuttgart.

Tegan Bristow acted as the tech mediator and “creative technologist” for streamed performance.  The piece used Google’s Hangout’s on Air as an interactive and live production from all three cities. The piece used Google’s Hangout’s on Air as an interactive and live production from all three cities.

Photo’s of the event at Goodman Johannesburg, by Christo Doherty.

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Using the Ponte to create Sound Art

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.

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[photos by Christo Doherty]

Digital Soiree: Warren Louw

June 27th, 2014 by Tegan

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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.

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