Fak’ugesi Talks – Joshua Noble (USA), Haytham Nawar(EG), The Consitute (GR)

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A special talks session that features key guests and visitors of the 2016 Fak’ugesi Festival.

The festival is delighted to have Joshua Noble as a visitor to the festival this year. Noble is  designer, programmer and author of six books on programming and interactive media development including Programming Interactivity (O’Reily) and Arduino in Action (Manning).

Director of our sister festival CairoTronica, Haytham Nawar will be visiting from Cairo to explore further collaborations. Haythem will present on what happens at CairoTronica.

German interactive media group The Constitute will present along with Cape Town based the Original Swimming Party on their Future Sounds collaboration.

Speakers List

The Uneasy Space Between Art and Design by Designer and Author Joshua Noble

So many of our creative practices span disciplines, discourses, markets and views of the world. What does this heterogeneity mean and why is it important both to our personal creative practices and to building creative cultures? What does it mean to bridge commercial design work and personal expression and exploration?

Joshua Noble is a designer and engineer working with at the intersection of code, design, and art, currently working at Teague in Seattle to create and prototype airplanes, automobiles, dressing rooms, alarm clocks, billboards, home appliances, airplanes, and alternate visions of the present and near-future. He’s the author of 6 books on programming aimed at designers and artists, and teaches at the Interaction Design Program at CIID in Copenhagen Denmark.
Twitter: @fctry2

Cairotronica: Challengs for the future of electronic and new media arts in Egypt by Cairotronica Director Haythem Nawar

Haytham Nawar born in Gharbia, Egypt -1978) Nawar is an artist, designer, and researcher who currently lives and works in Cairo. He is Assistant Professor and Director of the Graphic Design program, Department of the Arts at the American University in Cairo. He is the Founder/Director of Cairotronica, Cairo International Electronic and New media Arts Symposium.

Nawar received his Ph.D. from the Planetary Collegium, Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts, School of Art and Media – University of Plymouth. He holds a Masters of Advanced Studies ZFH in Spatial Design, Institute of Design & Technology, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland and an MFA in New Media and BFA in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt. He is a Fulbright alumni and a research affiliate of Civic City Institute at Geneva University of Art and Design.



The Constitute  a design and research studio based in Berlin and run by Christian Zöllner and Sebastian Piatza. By combining artistic and scientific practices they create interactive experiences for the public space. Founded in early 2012, arose from the VR/urban media art collective, The Constitute worked with several international cultural Institutions and exhibited their works worldwide. Currently the focus is on the investigation of narrative and diegetic prototypes aswell as the building of more public and social sustainable interfaces. Beside that The Constitute is actively working in the fields of teaching rapid prototyping and design fiction as creative practice.

Jens Beyer, *1983 is a trained mechatronic engineer and holds a BA in media technologies. Since 2014 he is working with the Constitue developing and hosting media art installations worldwide.

Robert Albert,  *1984 holds a diploma of computer sciences for digital media and works as a VJ and motion designer for club nights. He developed various works together with the Constititute such as the G-frame and the Human Beeing projects

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Date: August 26, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
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