Fak'ugesi 2020 Programme

A 1 month ongoing from 20 OCT – 20 Nov 2020, showcasing African digital creativity, with 3 themes, 10 free online exhibitions and over 30 talks workshops and events, covering digital art, gaming and more.

20 Oct
#POWERTOTHEPIXEL: Fak'ugesi Festival Annual Poster Competition Exhibition

#POWERTOTHEPIXEL: Fak'ugesi Festival Annual Poster Competition Exhibition

African Digital Art Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Tue 20 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

This exhibition showcases the winning and short listed illustrations for the 2020 #PowerToThePixel Annual Poster Competition.

Since 2015 Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival has worked with South African illustrators to bring our annual festival theme to life. 

In 2018 we opened up to the African continent and new up and coming Digital Illustrators through an open call competition.  In this we have met and brought to life some extraordinary talent that we may not have encountered before.  
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20 Oct
Virtual Black Out: Experiments in the Future of Form

Virtual Black Out: Experiments in the Future of Form

African Digital Art Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Tue 20 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

‘Virtual Black Out: Experiments in the Future of Form’ is a series of five experiments developed in collaboration between Fak'ugesi Festival and POPArt Johannesburg based theatre and performance space. 'Virtual Black Out' takes a bold step into digital space making for virtual performance.
Experienced scenographers and digital arts joined together to rethink space, set, light, location and time in virtual space - where form itself leads the spark for new digital theatre making.
Supported by the National Arts Festival, a stellar group of writers, directors, actors, scenographers and digital artists from Southern African and beyond come together to produce five short unique and diverse experiments in the future of form.

'The wanted to contain the collapse'
Created by Natalie Paneng, Vaughn Sadie, Carla Fonseca, Gerard Bester and Katlego Chale

'my many mouths'
Created by Vanessa Lorenzo, Noluthando Lobese, Teresa Phuti Mojela, Nicola Pilkington and Lindiwe Matshikiza

'Neighbours'
Created by Xopher Wallace, Hannah Lax, Nikki Pilkington, Mongiwekhaya and Liezl de Kock

'The Lonely Sailor Weather Report'
Created by  Meghan Judge, Craig Leo, Baeletsi Tsatsi, Rob Murray and Roberto Pombo. With Ukwanda Puppets and Design Art Collective: Luyanda Nogodlwana, Sipho Ngxola, and Siphokazi Mphofu and Camera by Robin Kirsten

'When this is over...'
Created by Kombo Chapfika, Jayne Batzofin, Francesco Nassimbeni, Tshego Khutsoane and Billy Langa.

Project Leads: 
Dintshitile Mashile (POPArt Productions) 
Hayleigh Evans (POPArt Productions) 
Jenni Lee Crewe (Independant Scenographer & Lecturer, University of Cape Town)
Mwenya Kabwe (Independent Theatre Maker and Scholar)
Tegan Bristow (Director, Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival & Senior Lecturer, Wits School of the Arts) 
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20 Oct
Fak'ugesi Digital Art Commissioned Curators: An Introduction

Fak'ugesi Digital Art Commissioned Curators: An Introduction

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Pre-Recorded
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Tue 20 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

The five Fak'ugesi Digital Africa commissioned curators speak about the work, its meaning and importance for African Digital Art. 

Watch introduction videos from each of the five online curators to find out more about who they are and why the exhibitions are important to African Digital Art.
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20 Oct
Misava

Misava

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Tue 20 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

Curated by Fak'ugesi commissioned curator Nkhensani Mkhari, 'Misava' seeks to refigure the digital as a site for radical healing and the manifestation of new metaphors of consciousness.

The works presented in the exhibition and related programme bring into focus how digital archiv(al) tools and tools for surveillance (computer sensors, the internet) can be harnessed for healing, inclusivity and the manifestation of femme and queer futurities.

The exhibition aims to trace, plot, collect and map new pathways to augment and critically discuss the potentials of digital art exhibition interfaces in the African context.

Extended programming of Misava includes:
- The Moon Center Performance: Misava Waning Moon Meditation, 5 Nov at 20:30 (CAT)
- Spiritual Technologies & Sonic Tidalectics, 18 November at 18:00 and 19 Nov at 19:00 (CAT)
- Misava Radio Episode 1 with Naledi Chai, 19 November, 19:00
- Pussy Party DJS, 13 November at 19:00 (CAT)

Artists:
Brooklyn J Pakathi (SA)
Bantu Spaceships (ZW)
Double K (SA)
Magolide (SA)
Natalie Paneng (SA)
Tabita Rezaire (GY)
Tiare Ribeaux (USA)
Tinashe Mushkakavanhu (ZW)
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20 Oct
The AFRIDELIC trip: Faces of mixed realities

The AFRIDELIC trip: Faces of mixed realities

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Tue 20 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

'THE AFRIDELIC TRIP: faces of mixed realities', curated by Fak'ugesi commissioned curator Xopher Wallace, presents themes influenced by African mysticism, using augmented reality as a realm of interaction between humanity and the spiritual or cosmic realms.

As Africans, traditional masks represent the spirits and the wearer is often known to be possessed by who or what the mask represents. Revising the functions of a mask, the featured face filters will be used as a tool to show one's true self instead of hiding. This project is heavily led by Johannesburg based artist vonMash - whose digital artworks take us on journeys into a vaporwave "AFRIDELIC" experience. vonMash's work is aimed at upliftment and the eye opening perspective of who we are as Africans. His works shine a light on our spiritual connection to the universe, as kings and queens of space and time.

VIEWING THE EXHIBITION:
This exhibition is built as a series of augmented reality face filters and an AR graphic showroom, to be viewed exclusively on Fak'ugesi Festival's Instagram and Facebook profiles.

USING YOUR PHONE OR MOBILE DEVICE VISIT Fakugesi's Instagram OR Facebook - @fakugesi .
Navigate to face effect's in the profile. The back facing camera will activate the graphic showroom & front facing camera will activate face filters.
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20 Oct
Spatial Fabrications: An Uninhabitable World

Spatial Fabrications: An Uninhabitable World

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Tue 20 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

"As I look outside my window. I see something I can't believe. And if I close my window. What will the future bring." - Puff Johnson

Curated by Fak'ugesi commissioned curators PreEmpt Group Collective, 'Spatial Fabrications' is a nonlinear Web VR orbiting around three animated films within a 360 environment. These views strive to warp the clinical and pristine by engaging the computer screen, it's politics and representations.

The exhibition internalises a window and brings forth questions on the panoramic, panoptic and stereoscopic as political encounters. The exhibition engages the screen, its politics, representations in speaking to land justice, spirituality, considerations of land dispossession, exile and migration; in attempting to position fictive subjects in the construction of new worlds, as a kind of refuge seeking.

The exhibition invites a user to see without attempting to mimic the external view of a fabricated image and its external constellations of interfacing within an orbit. The exhibition is a nonlinear Web VR, which overlays with the spherical frames that joins, disconnects and weaves all the various nodes together.

In the work by Themba Khumalo titled 'Evictions', this film engages manifold lived experiences which are rendered invisible.

Mbali Dhlamini’s work 'Ukuhlamba' entangles notions of spirituality reminding the viewer of the immediate subject who is a shape shifter of their own body and gaze, becoming confrontational with the viewer.

Ntuli’s work, an essayistic montage, disavows narrations and brings in view different forms of impossibility of sites of the sea, which are seemingly uninhabitable. The exhibition poses the questions: what kind of worlds, spaces, religions are habitable? Worlds conducive for a breathing subject who is a shapeshifter, a world-maker, a decommissioner; one who attends to decolonising models.

TO ENHANCE EXPERIENCE use headphone or earphones.

TO PAN THE 360 SCENE use a track pad or a mouse. To pan either Left, Right, Top and down use arrow keys. Use the rotation button to pan Left or right.

TO WATCH THE FILMS find an icon/character and click it to take a tour, view films and read through the artist biographies.

CURATOR WORKSHOP: 23 October - "Spatial Fabrications: Stereoscopic and Panoramic Imaging Workshop" see workshop programme for more.
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20 Oct
Time, the Earth, and Death are Living Things, as Stories are

Time, the Earth, and Death are Living Things, as Stories are

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Tue 20 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

'Time, the Earth, and Death are Living Things, as Stories are' curated by Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, is a co-created digital storytelling exhibition which maps old and new stories of individuals from the North, South, East & West of the continent into a rich, interactive platform that allows us to come to a new, collective understanding of what it means to be African in the digital age.

"In many cultures across Africa - but particularly in the Akan tradition from which I come - there is a tradition of storytelling as a way to suture the body into time’s order, and thus to make sense of the tangible and intangible aspects of our lives as spiritual beings interfacing with a physical world. There was an understanding of the shifts between the tripartite worlds of the living, dead, and unborn, and there were customary rites and events to mark the passages between these phases. As we become more and more oriented to the material world via forces of capitalism and globalisation, we find ourselves less and less in tune with this matrix, and ironically find ourselves less and less in tune with our bodies, our spirits, and our minds - as individuals, and as the collective whole. How can we inhabit ourselves more fully in digital and virtual space, which in many senses, is currently out of time’s order? Alice Kane believed that stories could mend broken hearts and broken worlds. If humans participate as storytellers and observers of narrative (a la Walter Fisher), and our planet is full of ‘connected-but-disconnected’, ‘not-as-connected’, and ‘broken’ people, perhaps new tellings of old and new stories could fix those too, by helping us to participate and observe in ways we have forgotten about, and connecting us back to a deeper awareness of what it means to be human."

LINKED LIVE EVENT: '#timeearthdeath: A Live Event', 28 October, 19:00, see "Online Performance" listing for more.
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20 Oct
#DearUs, Matric 2020

#DearUs, Matric 2020

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Tue 20 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

An Online and WhatsApp driven exhibition
'#DearUs, Matric 2020' curated by Faye Kabali-Kagwa speaks to the lives of 6 South African teenagers living through a global pandemic at what should be the pinnacle of their schooling career. It centralises a moment shared by many, matriculation, while allowing the audience to identify and empathise with individual stories from the matric 2020 class using a platform that is familiar to many.

These stories will be collaborative creations by the students and three visual and digital artists; Mmakhotso Lamola, Kamogelo Tselane, and Barry Christianson. These stories will then be shared through the online exhibition and on a WhatsApp status as an exhibition.  

What is unique about this exhibition is the use of WhatsApp which is the most widely used and downloaded app on the continent. Not only will we be utilising it as an exhibition space but also a site for activation and engagement with our core audience.  For more information on how to join the WhatsApp exhibition and on associated programming for this exhibition, visit the exhibition link.
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23 Oct
#DearUs WhatsApp Podcast

#DearUs WhatsApp Podcast

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Pre-Recorded
Always On Free
Starts
Fri 23 Oct / 15:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

Join the #DearUs Podcast. A weekly insight into the lives of the current matric class of 2020 delivered exclusively via WhatsApp. This is part of the extended programming of the #DearUs, 2020 exhibition.

Make sure you are signed up. Episodes start from 23rd October 2020 at 15:00 (CAT).

Join the conversation by sending a WhatsApp message to the exhibition number: +27638229247 or register on your number via the booking link.
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26 Oct
deus::ex::machina human geography in a virtual world

deus::ex::machina human geography in a virtual world

African Digital Art Online Performance
Reserved Free
Starts
Mon 26 Oct / 12:30 CAT Convert
Ends
Mon 26 Oct

deus::ex::machina is a physical expression of human geography, a search for finding connection within chaos. This multiplayer game invites viewers to meet online in a shared experience of simulated connection.

This virtual experience is driven by you, the viewer, and demonstrates a real-time exercise in cause and effect, infinite probability, and random points of connection. In this extended reality, the viewer controls the dancers through multiple online voting processes, ultimately deciding their own unique experience of the performance, as it unfolds via live stream.

Concept, Choreography, Creative Direction: Louise Coetzer
Coding & Digital Design: Sibongiseni Tembe, Marc Nicolson, Padraig Riley ( Thingking)
Music by: Lungiswa Plaatjies, Cara Stacey, Object Agency, Franco Prinsloo, NASA Sounds of Mars & Other spaceflight missions, edited by Brydon Bolton
Performers: Mukovhe Monyai, Christopher Sherwood, Farnel Smart, Tania Mteto, Carla Scholtz

This is is a PATAP Project: The Pan-African Telematic Art Project (PATAP) is a new initiative of the Vrystaat Arts Festival through the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE), in partnership with the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, Ars Electronica, and the University of the Free State’s Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD).

Supported through:
Principle Funder: National Lotteries Commission
University of the Free State,
Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD)
Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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27 Oct
Young Directors Programme: Animation Premier

Young Directors Programme: Animation Premier

African Digital ArtHeritage & Technology Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Tue 27 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

Premier of Animations from the Young Director Programme of the Tshimologong Development Studio: "Hovers" by Director Bokang Koatja and "From the Cave's Mouth" by Director Jeani Varty.

The question of African aesthetics as the primary driver behind the concepts, scripts and styles of these animations. This premier follows seven months of work in which the young directors of these short films have worked with a team of interns at Tshimologong Development Studio.

The exhibition will go live on the 27th October with the panel discussion: YOUNG DIRECTORS: DISCOVERING THE AFRICAN AESTHETIC THROUGH ANIMATION (see "online panel" programme for details).
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27 Oct
YOUNG DIRECTORS: DISCOVERING THE AFRICAN AESTHETIC THROUGH ANIMATION

YOUNG DIRECTORS: DISCOVERING THE AFRICAN AESTHETIC THROUGH ANIMATION

African Digital ArtHeritage & Technology Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Tue 27 Oct / 16:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Tue 27 Oct

The animation industry in Southern Africa is bursting with talented animators and digital creatives. Animation programmes produce some of the best animators in the world, but like other sectors in the Digital Creative sector the Animation industry is lacking in a robust supporting infrastructure of directors, producers and distribution support. 

The aim of this panel is to not only unpack how and why the Animation industry can be served better, but will highlight some of the key players working to shift this narrative. The panel asks: What programs exist that try to close the gap in supporting intermediary talent in Direction and Production? How can creative industries funding structures better serve the development of the industry and not just individual creatives?

The panel will start with a presentation by Tshimologong Development Studio’s inaugural Young Directors Programme: Directors Bokang Koatja and Jeani Varty with a premier screening of their short films developed over the last 7 months and talk on the motivations and innovations in African aesthetics in this work. 

This will be followed by a close discussion with Tshimologong Development Studio’s Director Lesego Vorster, alongside the other panelists exploring the opportunities and importance of training and development of intermediary supporting talent for a robust African animation industry. 

Presentation:
Young Directors: Bokang Koatja & Jeani Varty

PANEL CHAIR:
Kgomotso Zebediala, Gauteng Film Commission (SA)

PANELISTS:
Lesego Vorster, Tshimologong Development Studio (SA)
Terence Maluleke, Animator (SA)
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27 Oct
Digital Lab Africa & SACEM: Music Rights & Copyrights Workshop

Digital Lab Africa & SACEM: Music Rights & Copyrights Workshop

African Digital ArtDigital Lab Africa Live Streamed Workshop
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Starts
Tue 27 Oct / 11:30 CAT Convert
Ends
Tue 27 Oct

IP plays a critical role in the start-ups' ecosystem. Those whose activities include artistic aspects deal with authors’ rights. They need to properly handle them in order to thrive.

This session aims to provide the attendees with a better understanding of authors’ rights and their concrete impact on the businesses they run. It will cover the following topics: Authors’ rights and collective management fundamentals - Digital rights management - How SACEM can contribute to developing the ventures of DLA’s winners: rights clearance, network, support.

Facilitator: Akotchaye Okio, International Development Officer Africa (SACEM)
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27 Oct
HERITAGE, INNOVATION & THE DIGITAL SCENE MAKING FOR GLAM

HERITAGE, INNOVATION & THE DIGITAL SCENE MAKING FOR GLAM

Heritage & Technology Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Tue 27 Oct / 19:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Tue 27 Oct

As the digital becomes part of an everyday encounter; galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) work increasingly to bring the digital into their physical environments. 

This is both to enliven installations and exhibitions, and further to connect audiences above and beyond their visits, to knowledge and experiences of the culture and heritage associated with the work on show. 

In this panel an exploration is made of the innovations and thinking that lead to development of digitally interactive encounters in cultural spaces and why they are transforming how people encounter and learn about culture. 

PANEL CHAIR:
Dr. Tegan Bristow, Director Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival & Senior Lecturer Wits School of Arts

PANELISTS:
Roei Amit, Head of Digital & Multimedia - Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Grand Palais (France)
Clive Kellner, Executive Director, Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation (South Africa)
Kgololo Lekoma, Co-founder of Credipple representing GLAM Hack-Your-Culture (South Africa)
Rick Treweek, Co- Founder and CTO of Eden
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28 Oct
#timeearthdeath: A Live Event

#timeearthdeath: A Live Event

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Online Performance
Free
Starts
Wed 28 Oct / 19:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 28 Oct

In extended programming for the commissioned exhibition 'Time, the Earth, and Death are Living Things, as Stories are' (see online exhibitions for more) with Ghanian and Arts Research African supported curator Elisabeth Efua Sutherland.

This live event is part showcase and part workshop. A 45 minute session titled '#timeearthdeath' that engages the possibilities for traditional storytelling in virtual spaces using the mediums of theatre & dance.

The live event will be hosted on the Accra Theatre Workshop (ATW) on their instagram live. Go to @accratheatreworkshop

Facilitators:
Accra Theatre Workshop
Palm Dance Company
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28 Oct
IMPACT & OPPORTUNITIES OF COVID-19 ON DIGITAL CREATION, IN AFRICA AND WORLDWIDE

IMPACT & OPPORTUNITIES OF COVID-19 ON DIGITAL CREATION, IN AFRICA AND WORLDWIDE

African Digital ArtDigital Lab Africa Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Wed 28 Oct / 19:30 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 28 Oct

In a panel led by Digital Lab Africa, key personalities of the cultural and creative industries (VR, animation, music, video games, digital art) share their experience and analysis on how COVID-19 recently impacted digital creation in their respective fields, and their vision of the new way forward for digital creatives given this new context. 

In this panel we ask: What survival mechanisms were put in place? Where did the digital creative industries lose momentum or was this a boost for existing digital work? What measures and innovation were taken to engage creative teams and productions remotely?

PANEL CHAIR:  
Wakiuru Njuguna, Director & Investment Manager of HEVA (Kenya)

PANELISTS:
N'Gone Fall, General Commissioner of Africa2020 Season (SN)
Judith Okonkwo, Founder and CEO of Imsi 3D Creation Lab (NG)
Akotchaye Okio, international affairs: Africa at SACEM (FR)
Adrien Larouzee, Video Game Co-producer, Arte (FR)
Mounia Aram, Founder and President of Mounia Aram Company - distribution and Production company. (FR)
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29 Oct
The WeAReVR Virtual Meetup

The WeAReVR Virtual Meetup

African Digital Art Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Free
Starts
Thu 29 Oct / 18:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Thu 29 Oct

Who am I? This question is central to so many of our lives. In extended Reality (VR/AR) we have no alternative but to face this philosophical question. The way that we choose to represent ourselves digitally is a question that we can explore, contemplate, and debate.

Join us at WeAReVR Africa, the extended Capital of Africa, for a panel discussion featuring local and international pioneers working at precipice of the “metaverse” under the thematic umbrella Digital Identity.

Panelists:
Johana Riquier, Unity Technologies Strategic Partnerships & Business Development Middle-East & Africa (UK)
Joey Ekunwe, VR Creator & Digital Lab Africa #4 Immersive Media Winner (NG)
Melisa Allela, Immersive Animation Creator & Digital Lab Africa #4 Immersive Media Winner (KE)
Jason Stapleton, VR & Animation Creator (SA)
Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero, Immersive Reality Artist & 2019 Fak'ugesi Festival Resident (CH)
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30 Oct
DIGITAL LAB AFRICA #4 Live Pitches

DIGITAL LAB AFRICA #4 Live Pitches

African Digital ArtDigital Lab Africa Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Fri 30 Oct / 15:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Fri 30 Oct

The 9 winners of Digital Lab Africa 4th edition pitch their exciting projects in their respective category: Animation, Immersive Realities, Video Games, Music, and Digital art.

Bokang Koatja (South Africa) winner in the animation category
Natasha Nayo (Ghana), winner in the animation category
Ridwan Moshood (Nigeria), winner in the animation category
Tristan Mocke (South Africa), winner in the video game category
Robert Mensah (Nigeria), winner in the video game category
Melisa Allela (Kenya), winner in the XR category
Joey Ekunwe (Nigeria), winner in the XR category
Sizo Hlophe (Eswatini), winner in the music category
Lara Sousa (Mozambique), winner in the digital art category
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30 Oct
GLAM #HackUrCulture CLOSING CEREMONY & PRIZE GIVING

GLAM #HackUrCulture CLOSING CEREMONY & PRIZE GIVING

Heritage & Technology Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Free
Starts
Fri 30 Oct / 11:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Fri 30 Oct

The closing ceremony and prize giving of Hack-Ur-Culture, a month long hackathon that took place from the 24th September to the 23rd October 2020.

Join the Hack-Your-Culture team in a show to wow and the announcement of the final prize winners! Outcomes will be presented in a virtual exhibition hosted with Fak'ugesi Festival to open on the 3rd of November 2020.

Programme includes the NEW MEDIA OF HERITAGE BUSINESS panel discussion.
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30 Oct
THE NEW MEDIA BUSINESS OF HERITAGE STORIES: HACK-YOUR-CULTURE PANEL DISCUSSION

THE NEW MEDIA BUSINESS OF HERITAGE STORIES: HACK-YOUR-CULTURE PANEL DISCUSSION

Heritage & Technology Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Free
Starts
Fri 30 Oct / 12:30 CAT Convert
Ends
Fri 30 Oct

The new media business of heritage stories is a joint collaboration between Fak'ugesi Festival and Hack Ur Culture.

Education and preservation of cultural heritage are key objectives for GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums). With the growing advantages of digitisation, new ways to learn about and preserve cultural heritage and its knowledge are being innovated. Yet for GLAMs to participate effectively they require both capital and the right skills. To support this innovation, new business models must be considered to ensure the sustainability of GLAMs into our future.

The film and television industry has long offered a platform to inspire future generations by portraying past generations; in South Africa examples include: Sarafina, Kalushi and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. 

With a high demand for African stories across media formats, the aim of this panel is to engage the commercial opportunities and synergies that can be made between GLAMs, Content Makers and Broadcasters.

As custodians of untold African stories, GLAMs are the guide to the value of these chronicles for writers, producers, new-screen and interactive storymakers.  GLAMs are additionally geared towards education and preservation. 

How can a shared knowledge of the respective business and operating models between GLAMs, Content Makers and Broadcasters better empower commercial relationships in the future? 

PANEL CHAIR:
The National Film & Video Foundation

PANELISTS:
Dr. Geraldine Frieslaar, South African History Archive (SA)
Chrsichene Julius, District Six Museum (SA)
Mandla Dube, producer of Kalushi (SA)
Vincent Moloi, Film maker (SA)
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31 Oct
my many mouths

my many mouths

African Digital Art Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Sat 31 Oct / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

Virtual meets visceral in this immersive and intimate 360˚ video experience: The result of an interdisciplinary process and audio-visual experiment with physical performance, virtual reality, installation, theatrical costume, and sound. Thematic explorations include the imagining of alternative worlds, the poetics of mining, transformation, hybridity, complex femininity, and self-actualization in wildly imaginative terms.

The project entails a private view of a cosmic being playing. She dives, winds, twists, and turns in space, inviting the voyeur for a deeper look.

Artists of the mmm collective: Noluthando Lobese, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Nicola Pilkington, Vanessa Lorenzo

The first draft of my many mouth was exhibited - and the collective first assembled - as part of 'Virtual Black Out: Experiments in the Future of Form' supported by POP Art Theatre and Fak'ugesi Festival for the Virtual National Arts Festival 2020 (vNAF). Based on this early version of the work , mmm collective was awarded a grant from the Vrystaat National Arts Festival towards further development of the work.

This is is a PATAP Project: The Pan-African Telematic Art Project (PATAP) is a new initiative of the Vrystaat Arts Festival through the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE), in partnership with the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, Ars Electronica, and the University of the Free State’s Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD).

Supported through:
University of the Free State,
Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD)
Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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31 Oct
#DearUs Workshop: Build Your World

#DearUs Workshop: Build Your World

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Live Streamed Workshop
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Sat 31 Oct / 10:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Sat 31 Oct

Join '#DearUs: Matric 2020' artistic collaborator Khotso Lamola in a 60 min workshop where you will explore the 2D space of digital collage and work with depth and perspective to create a space that considers architectural elements.

A 2D space creation and dream world workshop.

Workshop Requirements:
Ages Limit: 14 and up
Adobe Photoshop or equivalent
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02 Nov
PEOPLE OF PLAY: African Game Developers

PEOPLE OF PLAY: African Game Developers

Fak'ugesi Arcade Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Mon 02 Nov / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

Curated by Vic Bassey co-founder of Games Industry Africa. A feature project of Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovations Festival's FAK’UGESI ARCADE in partnership with the French Institute of South Africa.

In an increasingly digital world, video games have established themselves as a pastime that is easily accessible and digestible to people of all creeds, races and colours. To celebrate that and to acknowledge its growing foothold across the African continent PEOPLE OF PLAY: AFRICAN GAME DEVELOPERS celebrates the spaces they are creative for us to play in and the people behind an essential industry today: game developers, producers, writers and digital artists and more.

Platforming and showcasing not only games but the industry behind it allows People of Play to:

- Raise the profile of the people and studios across the continent who will be at the forefront of Africa gaming revolution.
- Engage industry and playing audiences in discussions with developers in unpacking a community of people that represent African game makes and more closely represent themselves.
- Focusing on the people behind digital IPs adds an element of life to a virtual event.

Game Developers:
Allan Cudicio (DE)
Estelle Makhoba (SA)
Eyram Tawia (GH)
Dawit Abrahim (ET)
Hugo Obi (NG)
Jake Manion (KE)
Julien Herbin (SN)
Joy Ajaji (NG)
Limpho Moeti (SA)
Michel Nkuindja (CR)
Teddy Kossoko (FR)
Tutaleni Ilonga (NM)
Walid Sultan Midani (TN)
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02 Nov
EARLY ACCESS: Wits Digital Arts Grad Show

EARLY ACCESS: Wits Digital Arts Grad Show

Fak'ugesi Arcade Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Mon 02 Nov / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

EARLY ACCESS is the Wits Digital Arts Department graduating student exhibition. The event serves as a platform for students to share their work with a wider community. This year we will be teaming up with Fak'ugesi for an Early Early Access exhibition as part of the Fak'ugesi Arcade.
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02 Nov
PEOPLE OF PLAY, LIMPHO MOETI: The Importance of being authentic & the commodification of Black Pain

PEOPLE OF PLAY, LIMPHO MOETI: The Importance of being authentic & the commodification of Black Pain

Fak'ugesi Arcade Live Streamed Talk
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Mon 02 Nov / 19:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Mon 02 Nov

The Importance of Being Authentic: The commodification of Black Pain 

In this talk Limpho Moeti discusses the work South African game development studio Nyamakop does. The talk will also cover perception through pop culture and how authenticity is vital when telling stories of black people and the continent of Africa.
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03 Nov
The Hack Ur Culture Virtual Exhibition

The Hack Ur Culture Virtual Exhibition

Heritage & Technology Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Tue 03 Nov / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Mon 30 Nov

The Hack Ur Culture Virtual Exhibition features winning project teams from the Hack Ur Culture Hackathon, which is a virtual platform that brings together GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) with creative minds and tech enthusiasts to bring about collaborations and innovations deriving from open cultural data.

The exhibition will feature 9 project teams across from the prize categories listed below: 
- Best overall Project
- 2nd place 
- 3rd place
- Best visual project
- Best online project (Website/App)
- Best interactive project
- Best design project
- Best audio project
- Best story project
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04 Nov
DIGITISING AFRICA: SUSTAINING ACCESS & EMPOWERMENT IN DIGITISING AFRICAN ARCHIVES

DIGITISING AFRICA: SUSTAINING ACCESS & EMPOWERMENT IN DIGITISING AFRICAN ARCHIVES

Heritage & Technology Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Wed 04 Nov / 19:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 04 Nov

Robben Island Museum (RIM) and the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) indicate that one of the central values in digitising African archives is giving access to African scholars, researchers and content creators. Numerous limitations restricting African researcher’s to travel to and access archival sites, means there are currently more non-African scholars, researchers and content creators accessing and engaging African archives. 

In this close conversation we ask what it takes to both give and sustain access to African creators and researchers through digitising African archives and heritage. An exploration of not only what is required to digitise African archives, but which models, both conceptual and commercial, are being put in place to ensure sustained engagement by African researchers and creators. Furthermore, how does this equate to engagement that goes beyond access, to empower these African users in their work through the digital encounters.

PANEL CHAIR:  
Molemo Moiloa,  Independent Curator & Arts Producer (SA)

PANELISTS:
Chao Tayiana Maina, Founder of African Digital Heritage (KE)
Thabo Seshoka, Head of Heritage and Research at Robben Island Museum (SA)
Delphine Wibaux, INA Deputy Head of International Affairs (FR)
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04 Nov
DIGITISING IMMERSIVE AFRICAN STORIES

DIGITISING IMMERSIVE AFRICAN STORIES

Heritage & Technology Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Free
Starts
Wed 04 Nov / 16:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 04 Nov

African folktales are cultural time capsules and their storytellers are keepers of history and cultural identity. They have been used to teach morality and provide social and political commentary as well as providing a lens through which to view the world.

This panel explores the mechanics of the rich oral traditions alongside immersive and interactive technologies. We will explore how traditional content can be reconstructed and how the essence of these traditions can be applied to create digital stories relevant to Africans.

According to the African storytelling traditions, ‘Speech was believed to have power in it’s capacity to recreate history and relationships’. Now we have the technology to amplify these voices.

PANEL CHAIR:  
Canda Kincses, AnimationSA 
 
PANELISTS:
Francina Ntsimane, Deputy Director: Gauteng Department of Economic Development within the Sector and Industry Development Branch (SA)
Melisa Allela, Animator and Immersive Media Artist (KE)
Daliso Ngoma, MD, African Technopreneurs (SA)
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05 Nov
The Moon Center: Misava Waning Moon Meditation

The Moon Center: Misava Waning Moon Meditation

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Live Streamed Workshop
Reserved Free
Starts
Thu 05 Nov / 20:30 CAT Convert
Ends
Thu 05 Nov

In extended programming of the curator commissioned exhibition 'Misava' join artist Tabita Rezaire with 'The Moon Center: Waning Moon Meditation' for a live online mediation to honor the rhythm of the moon and harmonise our inner cycle by tuning into the moon's flow.

20:30 Central African Time / South African Standard Time
15:30 Cayenne, French Guyana
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05 Nov
DIGITAL LAB AFRICA #4 Recorded Pitches

DIGITAL LAB AFRICA #4 Recorded Pitches

African Digital ArtDigital Lab Africa Pre-Recorded
Always On Free
Starts
Thu 05 Nov / 08:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

Recordings of the 9 winners of Digital Lab Africa 4th edition pitch their exciting projects in their respective category: Animation, Immersive Realities, Video Games, Music, and Digital art.

Bokang Koatja (South Africa) winner in the animation category
Natasha Nayo (Ghana), winner in the animation category
Ridwan Moshood (Nigeria), winner in the animation category
Tristan Mocke (South Africa), winner in the video game category
Robert Mensah (Nigeria), winner in the video game category
Melisa Allela (Kenya), winner in the XR category
Joey Ekunwe (Nigeria), winner in the XR category
Sizo Hlophe (Eswatini), winner in the music category
Lara Sousa (Mozambique), winner in the digital art category
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05 Nov
Games Skills Exchange, Juliette Auverny-Bennetot: Practical legal advice for indie game developers & new studios

Games Skills Exchange, Juliette Auverny-Bennetot: Practical legal advice for indie game developers & new studios

Fak'ugesi Arcade Live Streamed Talk
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Thu 05 Nov / 14:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Thu 05 Nov

A presentation and Q&A to review and discuss the usual legal pitfalls indie studios face, focusing primarily on how to protect your creations and what to think about when negotiating a publishing contract.
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09 Nov
PEOPLE OF PLAY, EYRAM TAWIA:  Building for Games Education

PEOPLE OF PLAY, EYRAM TAWIA: Building for Games Education

Fak'ugesi Arcade Live Streamed Talk
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Starts
Mon 09 Nov / 20:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Mon 09 Nov

This talk looks at how gamification can be employed in education and training from kindergarten to the work field. Gamification is the ideal technique of training because it enhances the attractiveness of learning processes, creativity, information retention and new skills acquisition. In this presentation, Eyram will expound on the importance of gamification in Africa, his work process and the progression of the game industry in general.
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11 Nov
PEOPLE OF PLAY, TEDDY KOSSOKO: Gara Store - Let's Make Cultural and Creative Industries Profitable in Africa

PEOPLE OF PLAY, TEDDY KOSSOKO: Gara Store - Let's Make Cultural and Creative Industries Profitable in Africa

Fak'ugesi Arcade Live Streamed Talk
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Wed 11 Nov / 20:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 11 Nov

This presentation is about the Gara project; A store of applications, games and ebooks for the African market and adapted to African realities.
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12 Nov
Expanding the Veil, Atemporal Spaces + Dream Architectures

Expanding the Veil, Atemporal Spaces + Dream Architectures

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Live Streamed Workshop
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Starts
Thu 12 Nov / 20:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Thu 12 Nov

In extended programming of the curator commissioned exhibition 'Misava' join Lenape Creative Group members and other filmmakers as they present a program that aims to re-imagine the future trajectories of lineage and heritage, the atemporal landscapes of dreams, elemental geographies and their connection to the spiritual, and one's relationship to one's own existence.

The transformative power of new cinema will be showcased and discussed both between the filmmakers and the audience, pushing for a discourse to “Expand the Veil” and to actively dance between reality, ritual, and dream. 

The event will open with a screening of short films running 40 minutes in length. This will be followed by a short panel discussion with the filmmakers, and then an open dialogue with the audience.
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12 Nov
Game Jam IFAS November Numerique

Game Jam IFAS November Numerique

Fak'ugesi Arcade Game Jam
Reserved Free
Starts
Thu 12 Nov
Ends
Sun 15 Nov

Sign-Up by 23 October - to be part of one of the teams that will be selected to create video games under the mentorship and guidance of South African game industry experts. This Jam aims to bring together a large and inclusive network of creators, authors, journalists, directors, game designers and developers to work as a team and share their skills.

How to participate:
The event is free, however each participant will be selected from a call for application as the number of teams is limited.
Sign up from the 21st September to the 12th October via this registration link: https://forms.gle/UduZAfZ1YLimM9Xw6
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13 Nov
Pussy Party DJs

Pussy Party DJs

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Pre-Recorded
Free
Starts
Fri 13 Nov / 19:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Fri 13 Nov

Pussy Party DJs coming to your screen from Kitchener's, Braamfontein JHB and available through the 'Misava' exhibition site.

We are a pro-pleasure, body-first movement, rooted in lived experience. As part of the Misava exhibition, we will be exploring personal healing and social cohesion through musical sound and the act of jol.

We are considering the connections between beats and baselines with the individual experience of the physical, and looking outwards to the ritual of groove to reimagine socialisation and group dynamics within the known community as well as larger, unknown and untapped potential community who share nightlife and club culture spaces.

We aim to remind you what is like to share physical space with strangers who become less strange through the process of sharing experiences. We aim to remind you that your body is your first home.

The 4 x 60 minute audio-visual pieces will be available on the Misava platform under the videos.

Contributors:
Rosie Parade
averycooltime
Airtime Advance
uMagezangobisi
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13 Nov
PEOPLE OF PLAY, JULIEN HERBIN: From the West to Africa

PEOPLE OF PLAY, JULIEN HERBIN: From the West to Africa

Fak'ugesi Arcade Live Streamed Talk
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Starts
Fri 13 Nov / 18:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Fri 13 Nov

Julien is the co-founder and CEO of Kayfo, the first game studio based in Dakar (Senegal). He has 13 years experience in the video game industry in Europe, Asia and North America, and has worked on games of all genres, from a small web game to major AAAs for PC and modern consoles. Julien will talk about his motivations to found a game studio from scratch in West Africa, how Kayfo operates and his vision for the future for his studio.
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16 Nov
AFRICAN GAMES PUBLISHERS & MOBILIZING AFRICAN GAMES

AFRICAN GAMES PUBLISHERS & MOBILIZING AFRICAN GAMES

Fak'ugesi Arcade Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Mon 16 Nov / 19:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Mon 16 Nov

This panel is part of the extended programming of the exhibition PEOPLE OF PLAY: African Game Developers, curated by Vic Bassey.

The notion of a truly African publisher felt like a pipe dream five years ago. However with the definition of a publisher becoming a lot more fluid and the emergence of new actors within the gaming space, a discussion on what constitutes a publisher is warranted. Furthermore, what avenues currently exist to make the monetization of content in the gaming space easier and possible for their creators.

PANEL CHAIR / HOST:  
Vic Bassey, Games Industry Africa

PANELISTS:
Douglas Ogeto, Ludique Works (KE)
Sean Gotkin, Carry1st (SA)
Dawit Abraham,  Qene Technologies (ET)
Kgositsile Poonyane, MTN Gaming (SA)
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18 Nov
Spiritual Technologies & Sonic Tidalectics

Spiritual Technologies & Sonic Tidalectics

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Live Streamed Workshop
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Starts
Wed 18 Nov / 18:00 CAT Convert
Ends
Thu 19 Nov

Facilitated by Zara Julius this workshop forms part of extended programming for the "Misava" commissioned exhibition.

Julius's workshop is an interactive experiment that thinks through the sonic and spiritual ecstasies as technological portals for rapture in pursuit of healing and breath for folks in the settler (post) colony.

This workshop will be presented in 2 parts:
- 18 November, 18:00 (Central African Time)
- 19 November, 19:00 (Central African Time)

*Julius will send reading material to all registered participants prior to the event.
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18 Nov
GENDER INCLUSION & DIVERSITY IN GAMES: AFRICA FOCUS

GENDER INCLUSION & DIVERSITY IN GAMES: AFRICA FOCUS

Fak'ugesi Arcade Live Streamed Panel
Reserved Base Price
Starts
Wed 18 Nov / 20:30 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 18 Nov

Questions of gender inclusion and diversity in the gaming industry are not new to the world, but have they been adequately engaged and addressed for game players and game makers in Africa?  This panel aims to address where gender inclusion and diversity are and art not being addressed for African gamers and what needs to be taken into consideration to see this happen more rapidly. 

PANEL CHAIR :  
Bethlehem Anteneh, Designer of Alternate Reality Games (ET)

PANELISTS:
Sithe Ncube, Game Developer (SA)
Mélissandre Monatus, West African Games Promoter (FR)
Wendi Ndaki, Artist & Writer (KE)
Mekdes Tamrat, Games Enthusiast (ET)
Estelle Mmathapelo Makhoba, Indie Game Developer (SA)
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19 Nov
Misava Radio: Episode 1 with Naledi Chai

Misava Radio: Episode 1 with Naledi Chai

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Pre-Recorded
Free
Starts
Thu 19 Nov / 20:30 CAT Convert
Ends
Wed 25 Nov

In extended programming of the curator commissioned exhibition 'Misava', Naledi Chai presents a soothing 60 minute multimodal sonic mix of pych rock, jazz, negro spirituals and shembe music to get you through the night.
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