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
Fak'ugesi Digital Art Commissioned Curators: An Introduction

Fak'ugesi Digital Art Commissioned Curators: An Introduction

African Digital ArtFak'ugesi Curators Pre-Recorded
Always On Free
Starts
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
#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
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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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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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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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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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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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 create 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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09 Nov
The Hack Ur Culture Virtual Exhibition

The Hack Ur Culture Virtual Exhibition

Heritage & Technology Online Exhibition
Always On Free
Starts
Mon 09 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 the prize categories listed below. 9 total winning teams across 3 categories. The Best Overall Project team wins a trip to Germany to participate in the Coding Da Vinci Hackathon 2021  

Best Team Spirit Category:
-1st Place: Team Oros
-2nd place: Venus
-3rd place: Elite Minds

Most Compelling Project Category:
-1st Place: Afrikreatives
-2nd place: Hack Circle
-3rd place: Myths

Best Overall Project Category:
- 1st Place - Artyfact
- 2nd place: Craft Dojo  
- 3rd place: Culture Code
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12 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 12 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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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 psych rock, jazz, negro spirituals and shembe music to get you through the night.
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