Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 #POWERTOTHEPIXEL Programme Preview

Story Posted: 22 September 2020
Categories: Press,Festival


A virtual feast of Africa’s best creative digital workshops, talks, pitches and digital art exhibitions will run live, online for one month from 20 October to 20 November 2020.

Under the theme #POWERTOTHEPIXEL, the 2020 festival aims to bring regional and international audiences together through three major focus areas of AFRICAN DIGITAL ART, HERITAGE & TECHNOLOGY, and the ever-popular gaming-centred FAK’UGESI ARCADE.

A major festival highlight is the work of anonymous South African artist a.k.a Xopher Wallace, who is the Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 #POWERTOTHEPIXEL featured Augmented Reality (AR) artist. Not only is he a winner of one of the curatorial commissions for Digital Art with exhibition titled The AFRIDELIC trip: Faces of mixed realities but is also the featured artist for the official 2020 #POWERTOTHEPIXEL face filter for Instagram, Facebook and Snap Camera. Using the Fak’ugesi iconography, Wallace’s face filter allows users to change between ‘Cyborg’ and ‘Third Eye’ to encapsulate the meeting of technology, culture, and the spirit of Fak’ugesi. Check out our instagram to see it yourself.

 The exciting virtual programme launches with the opening of 8 online digital art exhibitions which will be Always On and Free, taking place online, on Instagram, Facebook and WhatsAppThese and other contributions in the African Digital Art line-up will explore everything in digital culture today from the lives of South African teenagers in matric living through a global pandemic, to the premiere screenings of short animations from the Tshimologong Development Studio’s Young Director Program. 

The exhibitions include five special commissions by five extraordinary new African digital art curators and are the outcome of an Africa-wide curator bootcamp led by Fak’ugesi in June and July this year and include:

      Time, the Earth, and Death are Living Things, as Stories are by Ghanaian curator Elisabeth Efua Sutherland – co-created digital storytelling exhibition which maps the North, South, East & West of the continent into a rich, interactive platform that explores a collective understanding of what it means to be African in the digital age. (video)

      #DearUs, Matric 2020 by Faye Kabali-Kagwa, South African / Uganda curator – a WhatsApp driven exhibition that speaks to the lives of six South African teenagers living through a global pandemic at what should be the pinnacle of their schooling career. (video)

      Misava by South African curator and artist Nkhensani Mkhari – an online exhibition that seeks to refigure the digital as a site for radical healing and the manifestation of new metaphors of consciousness. (video)

      Spatial Fabrications: An Uninhabitable World by Soweto based PRE-EMPT Group Collective, a nonlinear Web VR orbiting around three animated films within a 360 environment. These views strive to warp politics and representations through various decolonial interventions. (video)

      The AFRIDELIC trip: Faces of mixed realities is curated by our feature face-filter artist Durban based Xopher Wallace presents themes influenced by African mysticism, using augmented reality as a realm of interaction between humanity and the spiritual or cosmic realms. (video)

Other unmissable highlights in the African Digital Art leg of Fak’ugesi 2020 include industry pitches from the winners of this year’s Digital Lab Africa in Immersive Media, Animation, Gaming, Interactive Media, Digital Music and Digital Art. The programme will include various industry panels, skills exchanges and networking opportunities like ‘Meet the Digital Creatives’.

 From 23 October the Festival shifts focus towards HERITAGE & TECHNOLOGY with an inspiring line-up including:

  •       Prize giving and closing ceremony of the #HackUrCulture Hack-a-thon – a month-long starting on Heritage Day 24 Sept. and commencing on 23 Oct. an initiative led by Fak’ugesi partners Credipple and Goethe Johannesburg beginning on Heritage Day.
  •       Panel discussions starting with The New Media Business of Heritage Stories featuring panellists from the South African History Archive, District Six Museum, the SABC and Kalushi producer Mandla Dube. This will be followed by an international panel titled Digitising Africa: Sustaining Access & Empowerment in Digitising African Archives with partners from the French National Audio-visual Institute INA, with Robben Island Museum and the Kenyan organisations Open Restitution and African Digital Heritage.

The much anticipated FAK’UGESI ARCADE kicks off in November with the exhibition People of Play: African Game Developers, curated by Games Industry Africa writer Vic Bassey which aims to celebrate and acknowledge gaming’s growing foothold across the African continent as well as the game developers, producers, writers and digital artists behind the industry.

 This year’s gaming programme will include industry talks, skills exchanges, and will also see Fak’ugesi partner, French Institute of South Africa’s Novembre Numérique hosting a game-jam with a particular focus on South African game development.

Pre-Register on Quicket for early access to the opening event and tickets to limited and special events. 

Download Programme Preview for 2020.

Partners & Funders

Fak’ugesi Festival Online 2020 is brought to you by the Tshimologong Innovation Precinct in collaboration with the Wits School of Arts. Its offering in 2020 is supported by the AFD Agence française de développement, Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development, Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, National Arts Council, Gauteng Film Commission, Wits School of Arts – Arts Research Africa, French Institute of South Africa. 

Partners include: Goethe Institut Johannesburg, Credipple, AnimationSA, Digital Lab Africa, WeAreVR and Games Industry Africa. 

Research

Join Us – African Digital Creative Community Survey

Fak’ugesi Arcade: Futures and Networking

Blockchain for the Creative Industries

2019 Games Research Round Table

Stories

24 August 2020

GLAM #HackUrCulture: ​CULTURAL​ ​HERITAGE

7 July 2020

2020 Digital Art Curator Bootcamp & Commissions – Apply

7 July 2020

Smart City Technology Challenge

1 July 2020

2020 Festival Poster Illustration Competition: Apply Now

1 July 2020

Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 Online #PowerToThePixel

30 June 2020

Virtual Black Out: Experiments in Future of Form

16 March 2020

Africa2020 x NewImages Festival

11 March 2020

Masidlale Play Fest – 14 March

3 February 2020

Open Call – CairoTronica

22 January 2020

Partner Project – Masidlale Fak’ugesi Arcade Box

16 January 2020

Call for Projects – Digital lab Africa #4

23 October 2019

Winners of the Blockchain for Creative Industries Hackathon 2019!

28 August 2019

Digital makers invited to ‘Own Your Force’ as Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival reaches new heights in 2019

28 August 2019

City of Johannesburg’s Smart City Office Supports Digital Creativity at Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

18 August 2019

Cultural Economies Digital Innovation Conference at Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

6 August 2019

Blockchain Hack-a-thon for Creative Industries

2 August 2019

JOIN THE INTERNET YAMI-ICHI @ FAK’UGESI 2019

11 July 2019

2019 FAK’UGESI ARCADE: CALL FOR GAMES

11 July 2019

2019 FAK’UGESI & ANIMATION SA CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

9 July 2019

Save the Date – 2019 Program

27 June 2019

Cultural Economies Forum – 4th July 2019

26 June 2019

2019 Poster Illustration Finalists and Winner – Leigh Le Roux!

11 June 2019

2 X ARTS RESIDENCIES @ FAK’UGESI 2019 – APPLY NOW

14 May 2019

2019 Call for Illustrators Open!

26 February 2019

Source Code Gallery Launching

12 November 2018

Fak’ugesi 2018 and Zimbabwean Residents at ‘Digital Imaginaries: Africas in Production” ZKM, Germany

2 November 2018

We Are Hiring! Business Development Manager / Fundraiser

24 September 2018

Fak’ugesi Beats & Fak’ugesi Arcade – Final Week of Fak’ugesi 2018

20 August 2018

Tap Your Afro Source Code’ – The Fak’ugesi 2018 Illustration

20 August 2018

Unpack the source code of your African Identity at the 2018 Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

13 August 2018

Call for Participation: “Digital Spirit” AR Workshop

8 August 2018

Fak’ugesi Residency 2018

25 July 2018

Digital Imaginaries: Premonition @ WAM & Fak’ugesi

21 June 2018

Call for Artists! – Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency

21 June 2018

Fak’ugesi Play Rooms Pop Up Project – Creativate, NAF

21 June 2018

Vernacular Algorithms Pop Up Project – ISEA2018, Durban

24 August 2017

Digital Africa Exhibition and Beats Bloc Party among exceptional highlights of 2017 Fak’ugesi Festival

2 August 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 

28 April 2017

Fak’ugesi Residence Project Presented at Museums and the Web, USA

13 April 2017

Award Winning Performance

4 April 2017

Read our 2016 Report

18 January 2017

Dates Announced for Fak’ugesi 2017

3 October 2016

Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival Lights up Johannesburg

10 August 2016

Meet the New Female Voices of Digital Art at Fak’ugesi 2016

6 June 2016

What will happen at Fak’ugesi 2016 

24 May 2016

Poem Call To Action

24 May 2016

Festival Residency Call

10 September 2015

Opening of the Fak’ugesi Lab Exhibition

2 September 2015

Fak’ugesi Lab First Thursday at WAM

21 August 2015

Market Hack: making & hacking for everyone!

19 August 2015

Treasure Hunting for a Smart City with Ling Tan

19 August 2015

Residency Events, how do YOU see the future of Joburg?

16 August 2015

“Reverse” Digital Hustle – 27th Aug

15 August 2015

A MAZE/JHB – new 2015 CI

15 August 2015

BodyTech – first announcement

14 August 2015

Media Release: BodyTech 2015

31 July 2015

A MAZE to return to Fak’ugesi with more games and plenty to play with!

The 2015 Fak'ugesi Residency crew

30 July 2015

Meet the Fak’ugesi Residents

25 July 2015

Market Hack will be in The Grove Courtyard

24 July 2015

The countdown begins – in just 30 days . . .

24 July 2015

Facebook’s Kent Beck at Agile Africa 2015

23 July 2015

Launch of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2015