FAK’UGESI CONFERENCE 2017
The Future of Creative Innovation and Technology
For the first time in 2017, Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival includes the Fak’ugesi Conference in its annual program. A one day event with a mission to highlight important questions on the role of creativity and technology in Africa.
The 2017 Fak’ugesi Conference focus is on importance of collaborative practices. The panels and speakers will engage questions concerning inter and multidisciplinary practices, that support the growth of creativity, technology and innovation in a collaborative manner.
The conference will be made up of experts in various fields related to creativity, technology and innovation and will present through panel conversations and keynote speakers.
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9:30 Keynote by William Kentridge: “Enough and More Than Enough”
10:15 Techne Art and Invisibility: Johannesburg engaging art, technology and the digital. Panel: Curators of the 2nd Season of the Centre for the Less Good Idea: Jamal Nxedlana, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Tegan Bristow with William Kentridge. Chaired by Bronwyn Lace.
11: 30 Future Media: Addressing changes and development of VR industries in South Africa. In partnership with Maxum Digital. Panel: Rick Treweek, Gareth Steele, James Gaydon and Yetunde Dada. Chaired by Christo Doherty.
11:30 Sonic Visions: Understanding new collaborations in film, design and music. In Partnership with Weheartbeat, British Council Connect ZA and The French Institute. Panel: Hannah Faith of Soulection and Foxy Neela of WeAreInBloom, Nonku Phiri, Rendani Nemakhavhani and Benoit Hicke (F.A.M.E Festival). Chaired by Dylan Valley.
14:00 Keynote by Jepchumba: “The African Digital Renaissance, New Frontiers and Territories”
14:45 Futures of Community Design: Conversations on community driven urban design through the use of new technologies. In partnership with Ericsson. Panel: Dr. Mpho Matsipa, Pontus Westerberg (UN Habitat), Marcus Nyberg (Ericsson) and more. Chaired by Dr. Costanza La Mantia.
14:45 Future Beats: How the digital age has inspired cross genre development. In Partnership with Weheartbeat. Panel: Masego, Joe Kay, Evil Needle and Petite Noir. Chaired by “Spoek Mathambo”.
16:00 Culture & Innovation, a Pan-African Conversion. Led by Jepchumba, artists of ColabNowNow from East, West and Southern Africa address questions around culture and technology in Africa. Panel: Mamadou Wane, Kampire Bahana, Mukhtara Yussuf, Lindokhlue Nkosi, Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo
17:00 Future Beat Demos. Curated by Weheartbeat, we end the conference with demo’s by Masego and Evil Needle and a listening session of new beats genres Hannah Faith.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
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. 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 (www.africandigitalart.com). She is a cultural ambassador who travels the world sharing her views on African art and technology. 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, British Council ConnectZA, French Institute.
Audience: Multi and Interdisciplinary focus on technology, ICT, creativity, arts and culture.