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Fakugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

Aug 25 - Sep 29 2018       45/47 Juta St, Braamfontein
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A festival designed for programmers, bloggers, cyber-visionaries, and the terminally digitally curious, the annual Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival takes place in Joburg's most creative and technologically-innovative neighbourhood Braamfontein.

This year's festival is held under the theme ‘Tap Your Afro Source Code' and looks at how we can tap into the sources of African tradition and culture alongside technology, creativity and innovation to create a uniquely African vision of the digital future. In particular the 2018 edition of Fak'ugesi explores the algorithms, patterns and fractals of Africa and how they are expressed through digital art, music, games, technology and virtual reality. Through a series of seminars, talks, exhibitions, workshops, performances, demonstrations, parties and more, the festival invites its guests to find new ways of looking at Africa's place in the digital revolution.

Highlights of the 2018 Fak'ugesi programme include:

Until Sep 23
Digital Imaginaries: Premonition exhibition.
The second leg of a three-city project, which started in Dakar, Senegal and will conclude in Karlsruhe, Germany, this digital art exhibition at Wits Art Museum is a collaboration between social scientists and artists that imagines and critiques how globalised digital technology and systems have already, and will continue, to shape and shift African futures.
Exhibition talkabout Sat Aug 25 at 12:00. Drop-in drawing class Sat Sep 8 at 12:00

Fri Aug 31 at 13:30
Brian House Masterclass

American digital artist Brian House (who is in South Africa to create a new installation in Braamfontein's Tshimologong precinct discusses how sound and digital media art can help us to gain a “sense” of our more-than-human relationships and to use data and performance as a means of thinking beyond the individual.
Booking essential. Class costs R30. Book online here.

Fri Aug 31 at 13:30
Marc Lee Masterclass

Swiss media artist Marc Lee, known for his network-oriented interactive art projects, interactive installations, media art, internet art, performance art and video art, is Resident mentor at this year's festival and is visiting Fak’ugesi to instal a new interactive work exploring language diversity in streaming media at the Tshimologong Precinct. At this masterclass he will be introducing his works and his unique digital art techniques. 
Booking essential. Class costs R50. Book online here.

Sun Sep 2 at 12:00
It's Alive! AR Fun for Families
Teaming up with The Coloured Cube in Troyeville, Fak'ugesi hosts a fun augmented reality workshop for families where kids can colour in artworks then watch them come to life through the Crayola Colour Alive app on their smartphones. The workshop is aimed at primary school learners and other children interested in new creative technologies. 
Booking essential. Costs R30. Book online here. Takes place at The Coloured Cube, 41 Voorhout St, Troyeville
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Tue Sep 4 -  Sun Sep 9
Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency exhibition
This exhibition at Braamfontein's pop-up exhibition space The Point of Order (corner Bertha and Stiemens Streets) sees creative technologists from North Africa, South Asia, Switzerland and southern Africa take a deep dive into the algorithms, patterns and fractals of their indigenous cultures to create an evolving digital presentation.
 
Sat Sep 8 at 11:00
Pattern Phinda Code

As part of the Wits Art Museum (WAM) exhibition Digital Imaginaries, the museum hosts a unique coding workshop using beadwork from the WAM collection to illustrate and explore beadwork patterns as a reference for complex mathematics in coding and vernacular algorithms.  An initial presentation of ideas is followed by a coding lesson. If you want to join the coding class you should bring a laptop.  
Booking essential. Costs R30. Book online here.

Sat Sep 29
Fak'ugesi Beats Bloc Party The Festival's closing party sees the streets of Braamfontein illuminated with digital arts and a line-up of both international and local performers, including international acts like American rapper Black Milk, Zikomo (USA), Potatohead People (Canada) and Morena Leraba (Lesotho) plus a strong local contingent including Darkie Fiction, Langa Mavuso, Mx Blouse, Symatics and Ramz, Micr.Pluto and more.

Events take place in and around the Tshimologong tech hub at 45 Juta Street in Braamfontein. See the Fak'ugesi website for more details on all scheduled events.
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Aug 25 2018 - Sep 29 2018
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