Free Particle Festival

A France / South Africa Season 2012/13 project in collaboration with L’Ososphere in Strasbourg, France and Wits Digital Arts in Johannesburg. Curated and organised by me for Wits Digital Arts and Marie Didierlaurent from the French Institute in Johannesburg.

The project aims to created a platform for Digital Arts practices and knowledge in South Africa, through a collaboration between L’Ososphere and Wits Digital Arts.

The program included an exhibition of MA student work from Wits Digital Arts hosted at Sci-Bono Museum. Artists included:Maia Grotepass, Nathan Gates, Michael De Jager, Tina Caldis, Jennifer Cohen and a game developed through the 2012 Game Jam at Wits.

Two artists in residence Anne Roquigny (L’Ososphere) and Maia Grotepass (Wits Digital Arts) – worked collaboratively with 5 Johannesburg based media artsist, namely Zen Marie, Murry Turpin, Joao Orrechia, Mohammed Nagdee and Farrel West. This was a live Web-J Event hosted on the the Wits Art Museum, a fantastic event that really showed off the front facade of the museum.

Set by Maia Grotepass – Photo Credit: Christo Doherty

This followed with two forum discussions around Digital Arts Practices with Industry and Arts Collaborations. More info on Forum 1 and Forum 2.

Following this were two workshops, the first by Roland Assilevi of Ker Thiossane in Dakar Senegal – showing the use of the Pedagogic Suitcase, a suitcase designed to show artists and performers the functioning of sensors and interactive media, in a quick and movable event. The second was by Tegan Bristow and Maia Grotepass on using the Kinect Sensor as a performance and installation sensor.

Lastly and not least was an excellent talk by Stefanus Rademeyer on his new algorithmic work, under the banner of a “Talk2aScientist” monthly talk at Sci-Bono. And an excellent talk by Hanli Geyser of Wits Digital Art on Art Games in South Africa.

Stefanus Rademeyer image for Exhibiton – Resonate Structures.

Thanks to all who got involved and we look forward to next year.