Poster Photo: Nelisiwe Xaba in “Uncles & Angels”. Photo: Gilles Rammant
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.
"Encircling the Land" is a photographic investigation of the Tswaing meteorite impact site by Stanley Sher.
Imagery from space and research on craters like Vredefort and Tswaing have established that meteorite impacts were surprisingly frequent in earth’s history, having both cataclysmic as well as life-enabling consequences for our planet. Most of these effects are hidden from us by time and geological processes which have further altered the landscape, covering the past. The Tswaing impact crater being relatively well preserved, provides visible form to these embedded events from our deep past.
This exhibition of 360° panoramic photographs emerges out of a series of encounters over a period of 6 months in the Tswaing meteorite impact crater. Time of a different order, is also pivotal in the photographic process, which attempts to assemble fragmented moments within a single image. The inevitable inconsistencies of light and shifting viewpoint over the 360° rotation contribute to the complexity of actually apprehending this landscape. The images retain these disruptive elements, including the digital ‘noise’ which is an artefact of a digitised process.
In exploring the hermeneutic question of how to read and apprehend the landscape, the exhibition is the visual component of an investigation which establishes a dialogue, embracing understandings and perceptions from the arts and sciences. The geology and history of the Tswaing crater forms the backdrop to this dialogue which considers traditional and contemporary readings, representations and interactions with landscape.