Daring Curating | 12 – 13 Sept

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Daring Curating: International Forum for Art and Technology in Africa


Daring Curating is a two-day forum initiated in collaboration with NEoN (Scotland), Fak’ugesi Festival and Trinity Session. The forum falls over Tuesday 12 September and Wednesday 13 September and, it is aimed at facilitating conversations on the complexities of curating art and technology within an African context.

The two-day forum will consist of presentations, keynote talks, frank discussions, networking opportunities and practical information exchanges. Daring Curating is included in the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival programme 2017.


Tuesday: Contextualising Digital Culture Sites Within and Without Africa

10:30 Dr Alexandra Ross introduces herself and NEoN
10:40 Donna Holford-Lovell presents NEoN
10:55 Tegan Bristow presents Fakugesi
11:15 Robert Mashiri
11:30-11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 Pandeani Liphosa
12:00 Marcus Neustetter
12:15 Neo Hutiri
12:30 Jepchumba
12:45-13:00 Identify questions for afternoon discussion
13:00-14:00 Lunch (served on-site)
14:00-16:00 Workshop


10:30 Dr Alexandra Ross introduces herself and NEoN
10:40 Sarah Cook (NEoN and CRUMB)
10:55 Bogosi Sekhukhuni
11:10 Mwenya Kabwe
11:25-12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 Julia Hango
12:15 Darlyne Komukama and Mukhtara Yusuf (joint presentation for 20 mins together)
12:45-13:00 Identify questions for afternoon discussion
13:00-14:00 Lunch (served on-site)
14:00-16:00 Workshop

Closing Cocktails on Wednesday:
16:30-18:00 Curated Cocktails at University Corner, on behalf of Dr Alexandra Ross, Dr Sarah Cook and Donna Holford-Lovell, Georgia Munnik (Programme Coordinator)

Partners: University of Dundee, NEoN Digital Arts Festival (Dundee, Scotland), CRUMB, Wits School of Arts, The Trinity Session, ISEA 2018.

Audience: Artists and Curators working in the field of media and technology arts.

Attendance: This is a closed event. Should you wish to attend please email Georgia Munnik georgiamunnik@gmail.com


CRUMB →  www.crumbweb.org
Wits School of Arts → wsoa.wits.ac.za
Trinity Session → artmap.co.za/187/trinity+session

Tuesday Speakers

Cultural Ambassador

Kenyan born, Jepchumba is the founder and creative director of African Digital Art, a collective and creative space where digital artists, enthusiasts and professionals can seek inspiration, showcase their artistry and connect with emerging artists. She is a cultural ambassador who travels the world sharing her views on African art and technology. She curates various digital arts platforms in Africa and abroad. Having played a significant role to transform African digital spaces, she was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012 by Forbes, as well as Africa’s Top 25 Women Achievers by the Guardian.

Dr Alexandra Ross
University of Glasgow

Alexandra Ross is Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Curating at the University of Glasgow, also teaching on the M.Litt in Curating with Glasgow School of Art. She has taught and supervised at undergraduate and postgraduate level at universities throughout the UK and has recently been accepted on the advisory faculty of Transart Institute, New York.From 2015 to 2017 she was Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Centre for Curating the Archive, the University of Cape Town. Ross is a graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Dundee and holds a Doctorate in curatorship. She has also read an Honours law degree, a Masters in Museum and Gallery Studies and a Master of Fine Art. Forthcoming projects include a ‘Polyphonic Essay on Memory’ for NEoN Digital Arts Festival in November and she is also working on a publication on Dieter Roth and his time in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland.

Dr Sarah Cook
University of Dundee and NEoN Digital Arts Festival

Sarah Cook is a curator, writer and Dundee Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design where she curates the programme for LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery and works as an associate curator with New Media Scotland and with Scotland’s only digital arts festival NEoN (North East of North).

She is editor of the book INFORMATION (Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2016) and is co-author (with Beryl Graham) of Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (MIT Press, 2010; Chinese edition 2016). She co-edited with Sara Diamond Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues (Banff Centre Press, 2011). She is the co-founder and co-editor of CRUMB, the longstanding online resource for curators of new media art.

She holds a Masters degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (NY), and a PhD from the University of Sunderland (2004). As part of her research funded by the AHRC, Sarah worked as adjunct curator of new media at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art until 2006, and in 2008 was the inaugural curatorial fellow at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York.

Rob Machiri
Cultural Producer

Born in 1978 Rob Machiri was raised in Zimbabwe. He is a graduate of Harare Polytechnic College and has been living and working as a designer, artist, DJ and cultural producer in Johannesburg since 2002.  He has held collective and solo exhibitions in Johannesburg and Harare since 1997, including at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and has produced the Pungwe Nights project in cities across the Southern African region.


Wednesday Speakers:

Bogosi Sekhukhuni 
NTU and CUSS Group collective

Bogosi Sekhukhuni, born in Johannesburg in 1991, describes himself as a ‘lightworker’. He is a founding member of the artist group NTU and is part of the CUSS Group collective. His most recent collaborative project is a ‘visual culture bank and laboratory’ called Open Time Coven, which investigates ‘emergent technologies and repressed African spiritual philosophies’. Sekhukhuni has held three solo exhibitions: Simunye Systems 2010 at Stevenson Johannesburg (2017); Restore the Feeling as part of a residency at the Bag Factory, Johannesburg (2016); and Unfrozen: Rainbowcore at Whatiftheworld, Cape Town (2014). In 2016 he took part in the Kampala and Dakar biennales, and the Berlin Biennale as part of NTU and the CUSS Group. In 2015 he showed work on the 89+ Prospectif Cinéma programme at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Film Will Always Be You: South African Artists on Screen at Tate Modern, London; Co-Workers – Network as Artist at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and Filter Bubble at the LUMA Foundation’s Westbau in Zürich. Before that he participated in a number of group shows in South Africa, including In the night I remember (2013) and A Sculptural Premise (2014), both at Stevenson. With CUSS Group, he was included in Private Spaces: Art after the Internet at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, in 2014. Sekhukhuni was awarded a Prix Net Art award by the New York-based digital arts organisation Rhizome in 2017.

His ongoing research can be accessed at http://bogosisekhukhuni.tumblr.com/

Mukhtara Yusuf
Visual Artist and Cultural Activist

Mukhtara Yusuf is a yoruba-nigerian muslim, visual artist/scholar, cultural activist and designer. her work focuses on black speculative design pedagogy, african identity, hybridity, urban design and environmentalism.key concerns incorporated into her work are the african design infrastructures, both their failures and knowledge on innovation,  human-centered and collaborative design, and issues of environmental waste, reuse, and social value.her most recent creative practice focuses on the capacity to use afrofuturism/African futurism/black speculative design as trauma healing modality by exploring larger conceptual motifs of colonial time, indigenous epistemology and material counter memory. her transdisciplinary work crosses creative genres of architecture, fashion, and product design. strong influences in her work include Kunle Adeyemi, Ai Wei Wei, Wangechi Mutu, Nick Cave,Mona Hatoum, John Akomfrah, and Kodwo Eshun.

Award Winning Director and Actress

Mwenya has an MA in Theatre and performance from the University of Cape Town, and is an award-winning director, theatre maker, actress and facilitator. She has many years of experience as an independent trainer and facilitator with 6 years of staff training curriculum, design and delivery experience for a number of international programmes affiliated with the American based NGO, The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, in their American, European and African programmes. She is also a recipient of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) 2008 award for Best Upcoming Professional Artist and the 2008 Fleur du Cap award for Best Actress for her performance as Alma in Yellowman. Other achievements include being one of the seven Spier Contemporary 2007 winners for a collaborative performance work titled unyawo alunampumlo and was on the Spier Contemporary 2010 selection and curatorial team. Mwenya is a co-founder of manje-manje projects, an arts collective that was launched with an exhibition at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in Cape Town, titled SCRATCHING THE SURFACE VOL 1 and is also a member of The Bonfire Theatre Company, Phakama Projects and UNIMA South Africa.

Julia Hango

Julia Hango (Namibia): Better known as JuliART. Hango plays with various artistic techniques, many of her digitally created photographs are surreal and thought provoking as they are layered with movement and emotion that give the Artworks an exploratory three dimensional space challenging the notions of sexuality and gender. Her work utilizes the power of the camera and the Naked human body as a tool to challenge society on issues of gender, bodily autonomy, mortality, identity, and, perhaps most importantly, her own life as a nudist.

Julia Hango → bodypositivenamibia.tumblr.com/

September 12 2017


Start: September 12, 2017 @ 10:30 am
End: September 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
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