Join British Council Connect ZA and Livity Africa at the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival as we bring you Digital Hustles: Reimagine Digital Africa.
With this Digital Hustle we are flipping the script again and reversing the roles. This year’s Fak’ugesi Festival Residents – Vuyi Chaza, Regina Kgatle, Cebo Simphiwe Xulu and Tabita Rezaire, returning as a guest, will challenge you to reimagine the continent’s digital landscape. Specifically looking at Africa’s rich history of languages including urban culture slang, words and phrases and how these can be represented through the use of symbols and technology.
Digital Hustles are designed as a series of activities and conversations with industry professionals and entrepreneurs to bring awareness to potential careers in the digital and creative industry.
If you are a designer, content producer, artist, entrepreneur, or just a digital enthusiast interested in exploring possibilities and innovations to change the world as we know it, then you don’t want to miss out on this hustle. Bring your ideas and get ready to paper prototype them.
Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Time: 17h30 to 20h00
Venue: Tshimologong Precinct, 47 Juta Street Braamfontein
About the residents:
Tabita Rezaire is a French born Guyanese/Danish new media artist, intersectional preacher, cultural health activist, tech-politics researcher and Kemetic yoga teacher based in Johannesburg. Her work focuses on decolonial knowledge and explores the political aesthetics of resistance through screen-based practices. Addressing the performativity of encounters – online and offline – her works tackle the pervasive matrix of coloniality and its effects on technology, sexuality, race, gender, media representation, health and spirituality. Confronting occidental hegemony, she provides alternative narratives through digital healing activism challenging our white-supremacist-patriarchal-cis-hetero-globalized world screen.
Vuyi Chaza is a 24-year-old woman designer from Harare, Zimbabwe. After studying politics and environmental science, Vuyi returned to Zimbabwe and began her journey as a self-taught designer. She has been officially working as a freelancer for a little over a year and her work has been featured on billboards, publications, books and album covers. She names Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Jean-Michel Basquiat as her inspirations She is currently starting her own brand management and graphic design business, “Visuals by Vuyi”, where she creates digital experiences through visuals and web design.
Vuyi hopes to create spaces and opportunities where women in Zimbabwe can pursue a career in digital arts, while shaping the narrative surrounding women and Zimbabwe.
She wants to live in a world where video games and cartoon watching are mandatory subjects at school, and extra cheesy pizza becomes a staple food in her country.
Cebo describes himself as a New Media artist creatively executing work as an art director, information designer and part-time writer on arts and technology. Growing up in the KwaZulu-Natal region of rural Eshowe, as a resident of King Dinizulu Township, Cebo lives and connects to the world through exploring art in the digital space. Constantly investigating the placement and displacement of Bantu society in a hypermediated world, Xulu’s work is heavily inspired by popular culture and the media trends that impact the evolution of African life. He aims to create work that brings the art, online and tech worlds into the same conversation.
Regina Kgatle is a UCT Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors student, who believes that games can be used to educate people no matter where they come from or where they go to school. With this believe she founded Educade and its sister non-profit startup, 67games.
At Educade, Regina focuses on designing and building educational games based on The Promise Curriculum, installing them on custom stand-up arcades that can be taken on the road to South African schools. 67games engages continues this mission by engaging with developers from around the world to create new games for these cabinets, which are then promoted throughout South Africa by means of game pop up installations.
Regina has received national and international awards for contributing to bettering the quality of life for South Africans through technology.
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