The Create Africa Collective in collaboration with the Goethe Institut and The Constitute, Berlin-based digital artists, will be hosting a 2-day FUTURE SOUNDS closed workshop with South African musicians and artists to explore new forms of music and performance using prefabricated tech components designed by The Constitute.
The final FUTURE SOUNDS musical projects will then be performed by the artists along with The Constitute at a public event on the 1st of September at The Tshimologong Innovation Precinct.
The Constitute A gang of two+. We are more than a lab and less than an institute. We combine quick and process driven innovation from experimental lab situations with the focused and academic work of an institutional organisation. Special needs demand special teams. We constitute units precisely selected on the expertise that is necessary to run a project. We work like this in own artistic projects as well as in commissioned works. Our fields of expertise are Industrial Design, Art Direction, Creative Coding, Public Art, Interactive Art, Practical Research, Urban Intervention and Time Travels. When things get complicated we widen our team with free radicals towards Digital Visuals, Hardware Programming, CAD Engineering, Music Performance and App Development.
The Constitute : 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.
The Constitute : 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 togehter with the Constititute such as the G-frame and the Human Beeing projects.
Lebogang Rasethaba grew up in South Africa, spent five years in China completing his master’s in film studies, and returned to his mother continent with a remarkable skill set and a handy fluency in Mandarin. Since then, Lebo has made his mark on the world of branded content, working with a spread of international brands and featuring regularly on sites like Highsnobiety, i-D and Vice. Lebogang has also completed three feature-length documentaries, The People Vs The Rainbow Nation, Future Sound of Msanzi, and Prisoner 46764: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni. “There is this intensely creative, unapologetically young and curious energy in South Africa that I sense and subscribe to; it’s really infectious and I point my camera in that direction.”
Lindiwe Matshikiza is an artist who uses theatre making tools to extend into film, music and various other disciplines. She is interested in work that is collaborative, process-driven and experimental. A performer, director and writer, she has initiated projects such as The Donkey Child – a devised theatre piece involving 40 players of all ages – in collaboration with Hillbrow Theatre Project, and JHB MASSIVE: Jozi <-> Accra, a temporary collective of 15 artists that combined forces to get to Chale Wote Street Art Festival in James Town, Accra.
Sanele Lasta Mkhize aka Lasta is a writer, performer and visual artist who draws on her cultural heritage to create projects and music she describes as futuristic, electronic and tribal. Her voice as an artist has been inspired by spending time with Credo Mutwa who weaves together Zulu mythology, prophecies and fables. And her latest single, “Back to the Future”, is an apt descriptor for an artist who is always looking to her heritage to form what’s to come.
Original Swimming Party: Original Swimming Party (OSP) are an audio-visual group from Cape Town, South Africa.
Drawing influence from an African tradition of rhythms and harmony merged with elements of left-field electronica they create a unique sound that is emotionally powerful and rhythmically captivating. The lineup is Jeremy de Tolly (vocals, synths) (ex-The Dirty Skirts) & Tom Glendinning (Ableton Live). For their live show they are joined by Frank Latter (visuals). The live show includes projected visuals that tightly integrate with the music via MIDI & audio sync. They work behind the scenes to create their own visual material through design, code & film as well as sourcing the highest quality content from world-class collaborators. View a live show preview here: http://www.originalswimmingparty.com/showreel
Anthea Moys is an artist, a teacher and play consultant/activitst. In her capacity as all of these identities Anthea engages people in situations that ask them to break and remake the rules and find new ways to work and play together. In 2008 she completed her Masters in Fine Arts (cum laude) at the University of Witwatersrand with a focus on structured play and performance in public space. Over the last ten years she has travelled widely in her capacity as an artist and play!shop facilitator to Zambia, Berlin, Australia, Sweden, London, Italy, Switzerland and France. In 2011 Anthea was selected as one of Mail & Guardians Top 200 Young South Africans. In 2013 she won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art (inaugural) where she created her Vs. series, which reimagined victory as the act of learning rather than conquest. In May 2015 she participated in the Johannesburg Pavilion residency at the 56th Venice Biennale. More recently Anthea co-initiated and produced the Hey Hillbrow let’s dlala! public art parade and was a play!shop facilitator for the JDA initiated project: My Alex – Youth Perceptions of Place. More recently she specializes in play and creative consultation through play!shops and the promotion, curation and facilitation of contemporary live art practice in South Africa. Anthea lives, works and plays in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Create Africa are a collective of three people who curate and host events at the intersection of technology and culture. Nathan Gates, artist and lecturer at Wits University. Kerry Friend, Exec Creative Director of digital agency Isobar & innovation programme Nowlab. Luntu Sishuba, entrepreneur and operations.
Goethe Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. Our Cultural Programmes Department focuses on a variety of different artistic approaches from the visual arts to drama, dance, literature, film, and others. Our goal is to support the local cultural scenes and strengthen pan-African dialogue through the arts.