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Visual Arts

Indian artists invited for Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency

Fak’ugesi Residency 2018 artists

Abhiyan Humane (Bangalore)
Anoop Saxena (New Delhi)
Joshua Chiundiza (Harare)
Mathilde Buenerd (Geneva)
Nkhensani Mkhari (Johannesburg)
Yara Mekawei (Cairo)

Indian artists, Anoop Saxena and Abhiyan Humane have been invited to participate in the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency that will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 8 August to 9 September 2018. The annual residency culminates in a presentation at the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival (Fak’ugesi Festival).

The Residents will be hosted by the brand new Tshimologong Maker Space and the Wits School of Arts Point of Order Gallery. There will be a final exhibition that will open on the 4th of September 2018 at Point of Order Gallery.

Pro Helvetia has supported the residency which brings together artists from the Southern African region, South Asia, Egypt and Switzerland. Details here.

Meet the artists

Abhiyan Humane
Abhiyan Humane is an artist and scholar interested in perception, manifestation, and interpretation of information. He experiments with interactivity, cognition, light-photosensitivity, and kinetics-motion. He makes interactive art works that intersect the porous boundaries of Art-Science. From hacking the body, conjuring detectors to listen to signals from the Earth or using Breath as a controller to drive a game – his works continuously question and create a dialogue regarding our natural lives on the plant and our relationship to it. His work explores emergent technologies and platforms that are increasingly relevant in a world where our interactions and experiences are mediated. His academic background includes Engineering (Univ. of Bombay), Communication Arts (Univ. of Pune, India), New Media and Information Science (University of Wisconsin Madison). He is one of the course leaders for Experimental Media Arts and coordinates the Post Graduate Programme in Network Cultures and Land and Habitat Studies at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Abhiyan is the founder of Nalanda Lab, an ecosystem to foster and explore intersections of Art-Science-Technology for Dalit community in India.

Anoop Saxena
A designer and Educator, with specialisation in Science Communication and Electronics. Anoop provides customised design solutions for educational institutes, Science galleries and non-government organisations. He also conducts customised workshops and courses on Design Thinking, Digital Making, Embedded System, STEAM learning, Fun Science, Coding, Robotics and IoT for various institutes. Currently he is working with the National Institute of Design as an Associate Faculty in Digital Game Design Department. In the past Anoop worked with the Srishti Institute of Art, design and Technology as a faculty in foundation study program for two years. He was also Associated with National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata as a Fellow for 2 years.

For details on all the participating artists click here.