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.
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Karen Dermineur presented the Digital Afrique project at a Digital Soiree on 2 October 2012. Based in Dakar, Senegal, the project, which has been several years in development, showcases and reflects on Digital Art and Cultural Practice from North, West, East and Southern Africa. The project consists of a publication with MCD (Music and Cultural Digital) Paris that will profile up to 40 Digital Practioners. This will be followed with an exhibition in Dakar, Marseille, and Paris in 2013 and Joburg in 2014. Karen spoke about the difficulties of tracking down digital art practitioners in Africa and the need for broader definitions of digital art in an African context.
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.
The International Exhibition of Black music is renown for being one of the best interactive exhibitions to have come out of France on music. It will be on at Museum Africa as part of the Arts Alive and French South African Season from the 31st of August to the end of the year.
What is most exciting for us, is that along with the conference, the developers of the interactive installation are holding a series of training sessions that look at electronic music and interactive media development.
The Workshops are titled: “Filming Music” and “Using Digital Arts in Culture” are bring held from the 5th to the 10th of September, and they come highly recommended. So if you have any interest, sign up asap!
Jono Crossely and I from the Wits School of Arts will be opening the “Using Digital Arts in Culture” sessions. The focus for these sessions will be on Interaction Design for sensors, control surfaces and audio guide development for smart phones. The other focus will be Real time video affects in Max MSP, but also with body tracking and Real time audio processing.
Digital Arts lecturer, Tegan Bristow, gave an overview of the events, projects, and discussions which were held as part of the Afropixel Festival in Dakar. The Afropixel Festival was an off event at the 2012 Dakar Biennial (14 – 20 May 2012). It was a significant meeting of African Digital Arts practitioners and organisers. Tegan attended the meeting as a representative from South Africa with an interest as a curator and artist in the digital art being created in other African centres such as Dakar, Nairobi, and Johannesburg.