Story Posted: 2 August 2021
Categories: Press,Festival Call,Fak'ugesi Labs

Open Call for Animators, Game Makers & Interactive Dev’s to join TRABAJA: INFORMAL WORK VISUALIZATION LAB

Pre-festival FAK’UGESI LABS 2021.  Join resident artist Crila Regina from Bogota, Colombia in exploring complex systems and informal work by making interactive animation to be shown at #Fakugesi2021 #BuildCozYouHaveTo

The residency is the winning project of the​ Plataforma Bogotá Residency – Trias Culture: África Artbox Digital, Distrital Incentive Program of the Distrital Arts Institute – Idartes,  Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá and be taken within the ArtBox Digital award framework promoted by TRIAS CULTURE, with the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival with the support of Arts Research Africa and the Communication Agency Griot.

The aim of this laboratory is to bring together African and Latin American artist to co-create and investigate the complex systems of informal economies in Johannesburg & Bogota in a supported residents laboratory in August & September 2021. 

This is for you if you:

  • Are you an illustrator, animator, game maker or interactive media artist?
  • Are you interested in co-creating new work on complex systems and informal economies?

What is this lab about and what can you expect to be doing:

  • Collaborate to explore the questions and systems of informal work. 
  • Work together to produce a single digital urban scenery as an interactive animation that will be presented at Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival online in October 2021.
  • A presentation of the work and processes will also take place live and online at Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival online in 2021.
  • A final exhibition will take place with Plataforma Bogota in Colombia, it will include photographs, recordings and sketches from the laboratory. 
  • Participants will receive a participation fee and funds to cover data for online engagements.


  • Creatives will be producing an animated visualisation of systems, of space, of movement and of consumption; different to how they may be represented by the state or other ‘formal’ economic interests. 
  • Linking personal perspectives about informal work and its respective systems  – asking the question of who represents to whom, from where, and for what?


Laboratory participants will meet with the artist once a week 6 times in total over the laboratory period for creative exploration and development sessions ( this will be scheduled during “out of work” hours – weekends or evenings).

  • Open Call Deadlines: 13 August 2021
  • Laboratory Period:  21 August – 18 Sept. (meeting once a week)
  • Lab Closing, Work Premier & Party: 25 Sept. 
  • Presentation at Fak’ugesi Festival: between 14 & 24 October 2021

About Crila Regina:

Ana Maria Baquero Tibocha under the pseudonym of Crila Regina. Her work explores issues around economics within the frame of consumption and production.  Her particular area of focus in this is “cheap labor”. Her interest grew out of her own experience as a “cheap laborer”, through which she began to unpack how as an individual she became part of a system that assisted to the greater functioning of the city, but additionally lost her identity to become one more number in its functioning. 

Another part of her work comically polemicized the feminine paradigms exhibited by Latin American soap operas and their construction of family and social stereotypes. 

Her research and work generally leads to digital animations that she uploads publicly to social networks as an open access interrogation of the tropes of consumption economics.  Other types of tools in her creative work are engraving, painting, and embroidery.



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