Meet the Fak’ugesi Residents
Story Posted: 30 July 2015
Creative Technologists, Digital Designers and Makers of Awesome. Our 4 Fak’ugesi Residents will be occupying the Wits Art Museum basement gallery in the creation of an open Fak’ugesi Lab for the full 3 weeks of the festival!
Their brief is to engage Braamfontien, its people and its streets as a location to explore creativity and technology. They will be asking questions like: What will Braamfontien look like in the future? and Are young creatives in Braamfontien part of what this future will look like?
Jepchumba is an African Digital Artist and digital enthusiast who works hard to combine her two passions: Digital Media and Africa. Originally from Kenya, she has lived around the world developing her interest in philosophy, art and technology. An African digital artist, Jepchumba loves experimenting with motion, sound and various digital effects and techniques and has an extensive background in digital art, web design and development, audio/visual production and social media strategies.
Ling Tan is a designer, maker and coder interested in how people interact with the built environment and wearable technology. Trained as an architect, she enjoys building physical machines and prototypes to explore different modes of interaction between people and their surrounding spaces. She is currently working at Umbrellium in London to understand social wearables through community participation. Her works have been featured in magazines and websites across the globe and was nominated for awards such as Internet of Things Awards.
Kasia Molga is a media artist, designer and environmentalist, working on intersection of art, science, design and technology whose practice is concerned with changes in our perception and relationship with the planet in the increasingly technologically mediated world. Molga examines and questions people’s attitudes and position in nature and the environment in the context of climate change and unforeseen futures often focusing on exploring various aspects of transmitting and manifesting real time environmental and biological data.
She is co-founder of World Wilder Lab Collective, a funding member of Ocean Collaborative Platform, and prior to that she was a member of Protei initiative. She holds MA in Interdisciplinary Design Studies (Central Saint Martin College of Arts and Design). She lectures, presents and publish regularly.”
Nathan Gates is an artist based in Johannesburg where he also consults as a creative technologist. Gates practice explores the domestication of knowledge at the hands of digital technologies, and the dynamic between agency and structure in relation to the role these technologies play in shaping everyday activities. Though various modes of mindful experimentation and the productive use of error he creates assemblages that are at once portable and nonsense in the process. Recently, in his function as a creative technologist, Gates has been involved with the organization of a series of hackathons and workshops around the intersection of youth culture and technology, aimed at promoting a cultural understanding and use of technology in everyday activities.
“This project has been supported by the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council.”