Fak’ugesi Conference 2017 : Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

14th Sep, 07:00 am5 months ago
14th Sep, 06:00 pm

The Future of Creative Innovation and Technology

Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is a non traditional electronic arts or media festival. In this its objective is not only to showcase existing work, but allow the festival to become a location for making and interrogating digital cultures.

The reason for this is that digital culture in Southern Africa and the region is still being negotiated in various cultures of technology and histories on the continent. The current locations for digital cultural practices, are therefore found in non academic digital repositories and in cultural practices. The festival therefore not only allows for skills development and exchange as part if its aim, but acts as a location in which digital practices can be interrogated, questioned and collaboratively produced.

The 2017 Fak’ugesi Conference brings an important focus to collaborative practices. The panelists and keynote speakers will engage questions concerning inter and multidisciplinary practices. These support the growth of innovative technology, community led developed and creative practices in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Sub-Saharan Region.

The conference will be made up of experts in various fields related to creativity, technology and innovation and will present through panel conversations and keynote speakers.

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*Student discount tickets available.

–> Conference Schedule:

9:30 Keynote by William Kentridge: “Enough and More Than Enough”

10:15 Techne Art and Invisibility: Johannesburg engaging art, technology and the digital. Panel: Curators of the 2nd Season of the Centre for the Less Good Idea: Jamal Nxedlana, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Tegan Bristow with William Kentridge. Chaired by Bronwyn Lace.

11: 30 Future Media: Addressing changes and development of VR industries in South Africa. In partnership with Maxum Digital. Panel: Rick Treweek, Gareth Steele, James Gaydon and Yetunde Dada. Chaired by Christo Doherty.

11:30 Sonic Visions: Understanding new collaborations in film, design and music. In Partnership with Weheartbeat, British Council Connect ZA and The French Institute. Panel: Hannah Faith of Soulection and Foxy Neela of WeAreInBloom, Nonku Phiri, Rendani Nemakhavhani and Benoit Hicke (F.A.M.E Festival). Chaired by Dylan Valley.


13:30 Learnings from Daring Curating: International Forum for Art and Technology in Africa. A short presentation of learnings from the forum, held on 11th to 13th Sept. at the Fak’ugesi Festival. Presented by Alexander Ross and Sarah Cook.

14:00 Keynote by Jepchumba: “The African Digital Renaissance, New Frontiers and Territories”

14:45 Futures of Community Design: Conversations on community driven urban design through the use of new technologies. In partnership with Ericsson. Panel: Dr. Mpho Matsipa, Pontus Westerberg (UN Habitat), Marcus Nyberg (Ericsson) and more. Chaired by Dr. Costanza La Mantia.

14:45 Future Beats: How the digital age has inspired cross genre development. In Partnership with Weheartbeat. Panel: Masego, Joe Kay and Evil Needle. Chaired by “Spoek Mathambo”.

16:00 Culture & Innovation, a Pan-African Conversion. Led by Jepchumba, artists of ColabNowNow from East, West and Southern Africa address questions around culture and technology in Africa. Panel: Mamadou Wane, Kampire Bahana, Mukhtara Yussuf, Lindokhlue Nkosi, Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo

17:00 Future Beat Demos. Curated by Weheartbeat, we end the conference with demo’s by Masego and Evil Needle and a listening session of new beats genres Hannah Faith.