British Council Connect ZA is excited to present the cascade ZA showcase as the official end of InnovationZA 2015 at The Art Party.
Party-goers are encouraged to engage with the creative digital interventions produced by the cascade ZA 2015 participants. The installations and games will be located throughout the Alexander Theatre, in Braamfontein JHB.
For a second successful year, InnovationZA has seen four weeks of public activities and events. Highlights include the Market Hack, Creative and Digital Hustles and Maker Library Network workshops. Over 1,000 people have been engages in collaborative and creative digital play in Johannesburg’s CBD.
The Art Party is the official closing of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, in partnership with the Black Cube Sessions, British Council Connect ZA, Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival.
London-based creative and cultural agency onedotzero are internationally renowned for their work, which harnesses the power of collaboration. cascade ZA returned to Johannesburg as part of InnovationZA and alongside Fak’ugesi.
Young people from the Johannesburg arts and technology scene, local creative industries and beyond have been working and playing together in the InnovationZA hub at Ithuba Arts Gallery from 7 – 11 September 2015, in preparation of the final public showcase.
The programme offers inspiration and insight, practical advice, skills and first-hand experience of multi-disciplinary project development in preparation for working within the creative industry.
The selection of South Africa’s top recent graduates and young creative have come from the worlds of visual art, graphic design, filmmaking and 3D animation, performance, technology, poetry, and music.
Working in multidisciplinary teams they have tackled the theme of PLAY (in line with A MAZE. Independent Gaming Conference), participants have pooled their collective talents, insights and specialisms to produce a standout idea.
This year, the participants will be supported and guided by onedotzero Managing Director Sophie Walter and Senior Producer Simone Sebastian, London-based artist and ‘movician’ Di Mainstone, architecturally trained maker and Fak’ugesi Digital Residents coder Ling Tan, and South African digital artist and curator Jepchumba.
The team also features four local creatives who took part in last year’s cascade programme and have since gone on to great success – they include artist/architect Sandile Radebe who has been dubbed one of “South Africa’s leading artists”, exploring the artistic practice and meaning of graffiti art; Tabita Rezaire who creates internet art and videos and recently showed at the Tate Modern, Cukia Kimani a coder and game designer whose time in cascade led her to begin a postgraduate degree in Digital Arts; and Thato Nhplo a painter and 2014 recipient of the Reinhold Cassier art award at the Bag Factory.