Posts Tagged ‘digital arts’
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.
Mitchell ("Mitch") Said is back at Wits as the Interactive Media sabbatical replacement lecturer in Digital Arts. A BAFA graduate from Wits Fine Arts, Mitch was one of the star Interactive Media students on the 2007 Masters programme.
He travelled to the USA for further study after achieving a Cum Laude in his Digital Arts Masters degree. With the aid of scholarships from the Oppenheimer and Skye Foundations, he studied for an MPS at the legendary Interactive Telecommunications Programme (ITP) at New York University from 2008 – 2009. His particular research interests were location based and mobile applications. Since successfully completing his MPS has has been free-lancing in New York and Chicago specialising in visual design work in the mobile space. Now that he is back at Digital Arts, Mitch is looking forward to getting back into making art work. In addition, he will be presenting work and co-ordinating the Digital Arts student input into the A.MAZE Festival of Independent Games and Digital Art from 28 August to 2 September. (Mitch is replacing Tegan Bristow while she studies for a PhD in Interactive Media at the Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University, under the pioneering interactive artist, Professor Roy Ascott.)
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.
Evidence of much research activity in Wits Digital Arts. In the week following Hanli Geyser's paper on video games, Prof Christo Doherty presented a paper on "Constructed Photography – The South African Situation." The paper was a critical response to the recent exhibition of constructed photography curated by Heidi Erdmann and Jacob Lebeko entitled "Construct: Beyond the Documentary Photograph". Doherty explored the genealogies of constructed photography, tracing them back to the "Pictorialist" movement in the late 19th Century and the re-emergence of the impulse in Europe and the USA in the 1980s. The respondent to the paper was Rory Bester, from the Art History division at WSOA.
A constructed photographic image by Lien Botha from the Construct exhibition.