2020 Digital Art Curator Bootcamp & Commissions – Apply

Story Posted: 7 July 2020
Categories: Press,Festival,Residency

A central development for Fakugesi Festival 2020 is an Africa-wide Digital Art Curator Bootcamp. This seven-day, online experiential bootcamp, aims to power up curatorial focus of curators, producers and advocates of digital creativity in Africa! The bootcamp will follow with an opportunity for participant curators and in an open call to send proposals for the commission of five online exhibitions in the #POWERTOTHEPIXEL focus.

“The focus will be on digital and interactive digital arts for online engagement. The bootcamp will be run with a select and stellar group of local, regional and international digital art and digital arts curators and we are extremely excited about launching this as part of our new online approach,” says Fak’ugesi Festival Director, Tegan Bristow


The 7 session (29 July – 6 August 2020, daily for 2 hours from 5-7 pm) online experiential bootcamp will power up your curatorial focus to develop an exhibition proposal for five Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 exhibition commissions. The focus is on digital and interactive digital arts for online engagement. The bootcamp will focus on honing your curatorial vision, enabling you in exhibition conceptualisation and narrative and conceptual planning, introducing you to digital exhibition design best practice and helping you sharpen your exhibition budgeting and production management skills.

By the end of the bootcamp you are to have a fully fledged proposal to submit for consideration in the Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 Exhibition Commission.

The intense five-day programme is designed and led by creative director, curator and experience designer Orlando Vincent Truter in collaboration guest curators and producers as contributors (see full list below).


Deadline: 28 JULY 2020 

Join our online digital art curator bootcamp to power up your curatorial talent and develop an exhibition proposal for the Fak’ugesi 2020 curatorial exhibition commission.

Find out more from this >> INFO PACK<<

Apply using this >> APPLICATION FORM <<


Kefiloe Siwisa (Stevenson Gallery, South Africa) is a curator and cultural worker communing and divining with ideas known, less known and unknown. Catch Kefiloe as she explores her unique positioning and experience focused on the ethical heart of the curatorial constellation in Africa.  In this session she expands on the notion of curator as ‘carer’ asking: “how do we develop a practice of curatorial consciousness, one that prioritises emotional literacy, empathy and collective presencing?”

Ingrid Kopp is a co-founder of Electric South, South Africa), a non-profit initiative to develop virtual reality and other new forms of storytelling across Africa. Catch Ingrid as she shares her experience in setting up Electric South and the challenges and opportunities within the VR field in Africa. Central to the conversation is the importance of structuring and articulating the focus of our curatorial practice to develop the immersive media ecosystem and enable access for African creatives.

Oulimata Gueye (Independent critic and Curator, France / Senegal) works at the intersection of research, science & technology, popular culture and politics. She believes in the potential of fiction to develop critical analysis and alternative positions. Join Oulimata as she explores research in curatorial practice and how a focus subject like science-fiction can be analysed through very different ways of interpretation across the continent.

Jim Chuchu & Njoki Ngumi (Nest Collective, Kenya) collaborate in the multidisciplinary Kenyan collective exploring the boundaries that free and restrict the fullness of black humanity. Catch the Nest Collective as they explore how their work actively engages the audience in the process at the intersection of culture and technology in Africa.

Brooklyn J Pakathi (TMRW Gallery, South Africa) is a New Media Artist and Independent curator at the Mixed Reality Workshop (TMRW) gallery a non-profit space and test platform that showcases new innovations and digital projects. Catch Brooklyn as he explores collaboration in curatorial practice and the creation, development, production and dissemination of mixed reality art experiences at the multidisciplinary Mixed Reality Workshop.

Martin Honzik (Ars Electronica, Austria) – is an artist and director of Ars Electronica’s Festival, Prix and Exhibitions divisions. Since 2006, Martin Honzik has been in charge of the exhibitions in the Ars Electronica Center as well as Ars Electronica’s international exhibition projects. Catch Martin as he explores a greener side to tech in his talk entitled – Ars Electronica Festival 2020 / Kepler’s Gardens, The new mapping – Respect your Garden!

Molemo Moiloa is a Johannesburg based arts organiser, researcher, artist and writer with a current focus on collectivity, political arts organising and autonomous land practices. She is also one half of the artist collaborative MADEYOULOOK who explore everyday popular imaginaries and their modalities for knowledge generation. In this session she will help you tune into the production logic you need to make exhibitions happen.

Eduardo Cachucho (British Council South Africa) is an artist, arts programmer, and ex-architect that connects creatives and systems together to improve lives, create better experiences for audiences, and to connect people in new ways. Catch Eduardo as he explores real-world examples of facilitating digital production, focusing specifically on the systems and processes that help creatives feel held within that process. These systems enable successful marketing and audience engagement by giving the creative access to and control of their artistic output. Eduardo will then work with bootcamp participants to build small examples of these formats for different contexts, festivals, artforms.


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