FAK’UGESI DIGITAL AFRICAN RESIDENCY 2016
FAK’UGESI DIGITAL AFRICAN RESIDENCY 2016
The Fak’ugesi Residency is an annual digital and creative festival residency. The Festival residency invites local and international digital artist and creative technologists to be on residency in Johannesburg for a month. In the period leading up to the Festival and during the festival, resident unpack the annual festival themes and make creative digital
The theme of the Fak’ugesi Festival in 2016 is on the role of alternative knowledge systems in technology. Residents will be exploring concepts of community, spirituality or femininity in technology in Africa in their
Unlike previous years, where we have invited specific residents, in 2016 with the support of Pro Helvetia Johannesburg we put out a open call focusing on the SADC countries (Southern African Development Community). Pro Helvetia Johannesburg’s support for the residency programme is enabled through finance from the SADC regional office of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The 2016 Festival Residents will be showcasing their work and explorations in the following events during the festival:
Fak’ugesi Residents Exhibition, to open on the evening of the evening of the 27th of August the Fak’ugesi Residents Exhibition will be open for viewing and walkabouts on the 29th and 30th of August.
Residents Workshops, residents will run ad hoc workshops from their residents studio at Tshimologong during the festival and at the Fak’ugesi Soweto Pop Up.
2016 Fak’ugesi Festival Residents
Vuyi Chaza is a 24-year-old woman from Zimbabwe. She wants to live in a world where video games and cartoon watching are mandatory subjects at school, and extra cheesy pizza becomes a staple food in her country. As a self-proclaimed, amateur designer, she’s been designing officially for one year and has her designs on billboards, publications, books and album covers. When she’s not trying to navigate the choppy waters of freelancing/starting a business, she creates weird art pieces that leave people either scratching their heads or jaws dropped in fascination.
Vuyi hopes to create spaces and opportunities where women in Zimbabwe can pursue a career in digital arts, while shaping the narrative surrounding women and Zimbabwe.
Cebo Simphiwe Xulu, otherwise known online as @Mr_MediaX defines himself as a New Media artist creatively executing work as an art director, information designer and part-time writer on arts and technology. Growing up in the KwaZulu-Natal region of rural Eshowe, as a resident of King Dinizulu Township, Xulu lives and connects to the world through exploring art in the digital space. Constantly investigating placement and displacement of his own life and Bantu society in a hyper mediated world, his work is heavily inspired by popular culture and the media trends that impact the evolution of African life as well as the overall human experience. Xulu aims to create work that brings the art, online and tech worlds into the same conversation.
Regina Kgatle is the founder and MD of Educade [http://educade.co.za/], and its sister non-profit startup, 67games. An Electrical and Computer Engineering student (University of Cape Town, Honors) she believes we can use games to educate people no matter where they come from or where they go to school.
At Educade, Regina focuses on designing and building educational games based on The Promise Curriculum, installing them on custom stand-up arcades that can be taken on the road to South African schools. 67games engages continues this mission by engaging with developers from around the world to create new games for these cabinets, which are then promoted throughout South Africa by means of game pop up installations.
For her efforts, Regina has received national and international awards – listed as Mail & Guardian’s top 200 Young people contributing to bettering the quality of life for South Africans, nominated for the African Alliance award by the UN. In 2014 Facebook flew her to the US together with other 24 young students worldwide to receive an award for changing lives through technology. She has recently been honored with “Amplifying new voices” award from Oculus.