FAK’UGESI CONFERENCE 2017
The Future of Creative Innovation and Technology
Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is a non traditional electronic arts or media festival. In this its objective is not only to showcase existing work, but allow the festival to become a location for making and interrogating digital cultures.
The reason for this is that digital culture in Southern Africa and the region is still being negotiated in various cultures of technology and histories on the continent. The current locations for digital cultural practices are therefore found in non academic digital repositories and in cultural practices. The festival therefore acts as a location in which digital practices can be interrogated, questioned and collaboratively produced.
The 2017 Fak’ugesi Conference brings an important focus to collaborative practices. The panelists and keynote speakers will engage questions concerning inter and multidisciplinary practices. These support the growth of innovative technology, community led developed and creative practices in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Sub-Saharan Region.
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Keynote Speaker Biographies:
Founder of The Centre for the Less Good Idea. Draftsman, performer and filmmaker, best known for his animated drawings, William Kentridge (b. April 28 1955, Johannesburg) who is to date arguably South Africa’s most well-established fine artists, has enjoyed a central focus in his work of how apartheid values touched and bruised the lives of ordinary South Africans. Habitually conflating his autobiography with that of his own fictionalised characters, he chooses to work in charcoal and ink. In his animations, a single drawing is retouched again and again to create film stills, each new image is a palimpsest bearing signs of the previous drawing’s erasure. “My work is about the provisionality of the moment,” he says, Kentridge gained international acclaim for his short film series 9 Drawings for Projection (1989–2003). His works are owned by institutions all over the world and he’s hosted numerous solo exhibitions at museums such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art; Vienna’s Albertina Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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.
Partners: Ericsson, Maxum Digital & Innovation Hub, British Council ConnectZA, French Institute.
Audience: Multi and Interdisciplinary focus on technology, ICT, creativity, arts and culture.