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.
Archive for the ‘africa art’ Category
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.
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.
The most essential item for Digital Arts practice in Africa - a portable electrical generator. The base . . the firmament . . the canvas . . the foundation of everything digital. "Generator" – an installation 2006 – 2012. Hobbes/Neustetter contribution to the UNESCO Dakar MediaLab as shown at their On-Air 10 year retrospective exhibition, Johannesburg, June 2012.
Stephen Hobbs, VJing at the 10 years of On-Air closing party. The exhibition was a retrospective of the work that he and Marcus Neustetter have produced as the Trinity Session over the first decade of their operations.
The giant VJ screen at 10 years of On-Air closing party. The exhibition was a retrospective of the work that Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter have produced as the Trinity Session over the first decade of their operations..
Marucs Neustetter, VJing at 10 years of On-Air after party, 01 June 2012.
Video documentation of VJ projection on Dakar building. From 10 years of On-Air retrospective exhibition.