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Fakugesi African digital exhibition empowers creatives to shape future of digital platforms

Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and Wits School of Arts, ONLINE, South Africa 20 Oct 2020  20 Nov 2020

By CityLife Arts Writer

This exhibition a one month long digital creativity platform , which opens today (from 20 October – 20 November 2020), showcases African digital creativity, with three themes, 10 free online exhibitions and over 30 talks workshops and events, covering digital art, gaming and more. The 2020 Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is live online with an empowering “Power to the Pixel” theme.

In its seventh year, this digital-only approach aims to serve a regional African audience through a programme designed to empower digital creatives to shape the future of digital platforms. The Festival  is inviting African digital creatives to tap into its network and power the African industry to not just survive but thrive.

This year we explore the power of the smallest unit, the pixel, to shape the reality we experience, bridge divides and bring focus to our digital creativity. Bringing power to the pixel, we up Africa’s resolution with #POWERTOTHEPIXEL,’ the festival organisers point out.

The virtual programme launches today, October 20, 2020, with the opening of eight online digital art exhibitions, which takes place on on Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp. These and other contributions in the African Digital Art lineup explore everything in digital culture today, from exhibitions that speak on contemporary African digital art, the lives of South African teenagers in matric living through a global pandemic, to the premiere screenings of short animations from the Tshimologong Development Animation Studio’s Young Director Program.

The exhibitions include five exhibition commissions by five 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.

Time, the Earth, and Death are Living Things, as Stories are by Ghanian curator Elisabeth Efua Sutherland. A co-created digital storytelling exhibition which maps the North, South, East and 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.

#DearUs, Matric 2020 by Faye Kabali-Kagwa, a 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.

Young creative Nkhensani Mkhari

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.

Spatial Fabrications: An Uninhabitable World by Soweto based PreEmpt Group Collective, is a nonlinear Web VR orbiting around three animated films within a 360-degree environment. These views strive to warp the clinical and pristine by engaging the computer screen, its politics and representations through various decolonial interventions.

The AFRIDELIC trip: Faces of mixed realitiesis curated by Fak’ugesi Festival’s feature face-filter artist, Durban-based Xopher Wallace, who presents themes influenced by African mysticism, using augmented reality as a realm of interaction between humanity and the spiritual or cosmic realms.

 .All exhibitions opened on October at 20  www.fakugesi.co.za.

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