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Free Particle, a new collaboration between the Osophere Festival in Strasbourg, France, and Wits Digital Arts in Johannesburg featured a array of workshops, panel discussions, talks, together with an artists’ residency and an exhibition of digital art between 19th & 27th September 2012. The collaboration was intended to support and develop digital arts practice in South Africa and this first iteration of the event went some way to open up a range of exciting possibilities. The first artists’ residency was filled by Anne Roquiqy from France and Maia Grotepas, an MA graduate from Wits Digital Arts. Anne led a workshop on her web performance project WJ-S which was attended by a number of Joburg media artists. The group presented the results of their work in a live performance at the Wits Art Museum on Monday 19th. This is the first time that the venue had been used for this sort of performance and the event proved that the space and the vast glass walls have great potential for live digital events.
MJ Lourens – En Route/Highveld II
Recently at Artspace Gallery in Rosebank, a serious engagment with the tradition of South African landscape painting by MJ Lourens. Here, in an acrylic on board painting, the monumental cloud architecture of Hendrik Pierneef is melded with a brooding industrial foreground that is entirely contemporary.
The Robotic Orchestra, a creative collaboration between Interactive Media students from Wits Digital Arts, Music students from Wits Music, and a student from the Wits School of Electrical Engineering, had its first public performance in the Wits Amphitheatre on the evening of 17 November.
In front of a capacity audience, the Orchestra performed a recital of three pieces composed by Wits Music students.
Each of the instruments was "played" by a solenoid and the output collected by a microphone. One of the challenges of the work was the limited functionality of the solenoids which were not able to play different dynamics.
Interactive Media Masters students, Jans de Jager and Pauline Theart, explain the system to the external examiners.
The screen of the iMac, running MAX MSP, which was at the heart of the system. The Interactive Media students translated the Music students' compositions through MAX MSP. The data was fed into Arduino boards which, in turn, powered the solenoids operating the mechanical side of the system.
Interactive Media Masters student, Pauline Theart, operating the computer system.
The vibraphone, with five notes operated by solenoids. The limited musical range and tonal pallette of the orchestra was a compositional challenge for the Music students in the project.
The creative student team behind the successful premier of the Wits Robotic Orchestra.