Join British Council Connect ZA and Livity Africa at the Fak’ugesi #AfroTechRiot festival as we bring you Creative Hustles – Frontier tales: Storytelling around art and technology and the intersections between community, femininity and spiritualilty in Africa.
In collaboration with Livity Africa, two interactive sessions led by industry professionals will form part of the Festival Talks. This Creative Hustle features an all women panel of digital and creative professionals, like London based filmmakers Karen Palmer and Valentina Floris from SDNA, who will not only share how they are breaking boundaries with their work but also explore the intersections between technology, creativity and innovation when it comes to community, femininity and the spiritual.
Date: Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Time: 18h00 to 20h00
Venue: Tshimologong, 47 Juta Street Braamfontein
About the Panellists:
Karen Palmer is a public speaker multi-disciplinary immersive filmmaker, digital artist whose work combines, wearable technology, film, neuroscience and gaming functionality to create an immersive experience. Her work has been exhibited across the world, from V&A London, Mutek Canada where she was invited to be part of a Women in Tech Think Tank and now Johannesburg, South Africa. She just recently left New York where she was giving a talk on her work at the Neurogaming & Health Track at The Games for Change Festival
Valentina is a London based digital artist. After moving from Italy in 1994, she studied Mixed Media Art at the University of Westminster where she graduated in 1997. During that time she started to experiment with audio visual techniques and site specific installations. In 1997 she co founded Luna Nera, an artist-curator organisation that aimed to stimulate interest in the environmental and architectural heritage of localities. By asking the audience to re-look at sites in a new way, Luna Nera addressed a series of issues around ideas of society, community, history, memory and public space.
In 2001 she started to work with Ben Foot and co funded SDNA, a creative studio based in London producing distinctive digital artwork.
SDNA’s objective is to explore techniques of interaction within public spaces, using emerging technologies and unusual presentation media. Their interdisciplinary approach, integrating site-responsive installation and live performance, aims to widen the scope of digital art
Rendani Nemakhavani is a graphic designer who creates art which seeks to solve problems, mostly communication problems. Through her art she tells stories of and about the black narrative. This narrative is projected in her work which serves as an invitation to blackness. Her work serves as a platform to initiate conversations about the representation of black narratives without having to conform to what the world thinks ‘proper blackness’ is supposed to be. She tells these stories through illustration, collaborations, art direction in photography and occasional writing. She hopes that everyone who interacts with her work will feel it and the weight associated with all that it represents and validates.
Rendani has been involved in the creative space for over seven years and has been working as a graphic designer since 2013. She’s known for her 30 Days & A City collaborative art project, The Design Share Party which she co-host with and her most recent recent collaboration “The Honey” with photographer Kgomotso Neto : Her passion for graphic design grew initially out of an escape through drawing then as she better understood the purpose of graphic design the more of herself she found in it.
Yolanda Willie is a visual artist, fashionista, and blogger. She initially started blogging for the fun of it, simply wanting to speak her mind and share her opinions, but it grew to become much bigger than she’d expected. Despite only having been blogging for a little over a year, Landa has gone on to win the Creative Nestlings Blogger of the Year award and is now editor and founder of Twenty Magazine which she describes as a platform where young innovative African creatives and their work can be showcased and celebrated, without being filtered or censored. She draws inspiration from revolution, womanhood, life, movement amongst other things which are all expressed in her own blog and Twenty. Much of her work is based very much on social commentary and her work as a visual artist is aimed at empowering and celebrating herself as a black woman and other women out there.
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