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Nathan Gates an Masters Candidate in the 2012 Masters in Digital Arts: Interactive Media opened Fingers in the Outlet at Room Gallery in Braamfontien on the 29th January. The Exhibition of work is a 50% part of his thesis research project titled A self-‐reflexive investigation of ‘Bricolage’ as method of engagement in new media arts, through domestic hacking practices.
The works on exhibition are experimentation in hacking with process of Bricolage and hacking practices as it’s primary methodology.
The exhibition consists of a series of ‘domestic investigations’ into the concept of Bricolage. It is a hands-on, exploratory practice that is performed within a domestic setting and through the objects and materials characteristic of this space. The primary intent of exploring this concept is to acquire a physical and conceptual understanding of these objects as mechanisms of expression. The title of the show, Fingers In The Outlet, is an allusion to the curiosity and inquisitiveness that is carried out with whatever is on hand. It refers to an interruption of flow or the creation of a space through intervention, linking up to the character of experimentation that enables this process.
Fingers In The Outlet presents a collection of sculptural elements ranging from scrap wood to consumer electronics, which in turn have been extended spatially. The works touch on installation with the inclusion of some interactive elements and video. The varied works are intended to form a heterogeneous repertoire of experiments, reflections or musings physically carried out through the materials.
One of the reassuring discoveries at the new “Loom of the Landscape” exhibition at the Stevenson, is that Brett Murray has not been intimidated by the storm of outrage that was orchestrated against his last exhibition at the Goodman. Although the satire is less blatant – no presidential penis in sight this time – more subtle but perhaps even more cutting. The symbolic rainbow that once graced the hopes of the “rainbow nation” has shrunk to the span of the presidential homestead complex at Nkandla. It suggests that the last beneficiary of the rainbow’s munificence is none other than Jacob Zuma and his extended family.
Although often rough around the edges, the first Johannesburg A.MAZE festival was a success. With a winning combination of an indie games arcade; a digital art exhibition; street games; lectures; panel discussions; and live music events, the festival rocked the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein from 28 August to 2 September. What began from a chance meeting between Verge presenter, Pippa Tshabalala, and the A.MAZE organiser, Thorsten Weidemann in Berlin in 2011, flowered as the first independent gaming and media arts festival in Africa. For Digital Arts, the event provided an opportunity for our Interactive Media students to collaborate with University of Johannesburg Multi-Media students; and to present their projects to an audience of indie gamers and media theorists. The event also emphasized the close relationship between media art and experimental gaming, particular in a developing context such as Johannesburg. With the first A.MAZE festival behind us, there is great enthusiasm to organise a bigger and better festival for next year. For more information about the festival and the full programme of events go to the A.MAZE/Interact website.
Please join us for the “Free Particle” Exhibition and Public Events.
A great brand new collaboration between Wits Digital Arts and L’Ososphere Electronic Media Festival in Strasbourg. The focus of the collaboration is a reflection supporting practice and technical learning around Digital Practice in South Africa. The emphasis is on a home grown development strategy for creative digital practices.
All events are running between the 18th and the 27th of September 2012. Should be alot of fun.
Please visit the Free Particle website for more information and public events.