Web-J Live Performance at the Wits Art Museum
18th Sept, 19:00, Wits Art Museum, Cnr Bertha (ext Jan Smuts) & Jorissen Street, Braamfontien
Following the Free Particle workshops with Anne Roquigny, Anne Roquigny and South African Media Artists who participated in the workshops will present a WJ’s performance at the Wits Art Museum. Find other details on partcipating artists and previous performances on the Web-J project site.
WJ-S is a software and a flexible public device for web performances allowing WJs (webjays, artists, curators, web addicts, web mutants) to play live with online text, sound and visuals. WJs take the control of a multi-screen environment and surf at distance in different browser windows simultaneously. WJ-S is a visible and collective experience of the surf.
The idea of the WJ-S project is to disrupt this tendency by offering a public surf where the feeling of being immersed in the flow and the pleasure of browsing are shifted to a live performance environment. Individual and collaborative online productions (in different geographical sites) become collective events (to which an audience is invited).
Following the steps of DJs and VJs, the WJs (weejays, webjays, webjockeys, etc.) directly draw their sources from the Web and mix the network flow in real time. – big space of creation – numerous possibilities:
The WJ-S productions can take the following forms : performances, demos, presentations of projects, parties, workshops and conferences.
Digital Industries Forum by Digital Africa of the French Institute in Paris, represented by Imaginarium.
Continuous States: Technology and Culture in Africa, collaborative & industry perspectives
20th September, 18:00 – Sci-Bono, Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown
Laurent Tricant, Imaginarium – Lille
Roland Assilevi, Ker Thoissane – Dakar
Karen Dermineur, Digital Afrique -Dakar
Gavin Olivier, Digital Fabric – Johannesburg
Pippa Tshabalala, Independent – Johannesburg
Belinda Lewis, Praekelt Consulting – Johannesburg
Chair: Christo Doherty
Latent Energy: The Role of Art and Technology and it’s Cross-Development
21st September, 18:00 – Live for Joburg Radio, Makwapheni (Stevenson Gallery) 62 Juta Street, Braamfontien
Rangoata Hlasane – Kelaketla, Johannesburg
Anne Roquigny, Ososphere – Strausbourg
Maia Grotepass – Wits Digital Arts, Cape Town
Mitch Said – Wits Digital Arts, Johannesburg
Debbie Rodgers – Praekelt Consulting, Johannesburg
Mocka Janse van Veuren – University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg
Chair: Tegan Bristow
TALK: On Art Games
26th September: 18:30 – Sci Bono, Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown
Hanli Geyser & Michael De Jager on South African Art Games: Where, What and Why.
TALK: Stefanus Radermeyer
Sci-Bono Talk to a Scientist Series
27th September, 18:30 – Sci-Bono, Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown
Stefanus Radermeyer on Geometry in Nature
Artist in Residence Anne Roquigny: Two Day Workshop
Outcome Live Web-J Performance at Wits Art Museum
17 & 18 Sept, Wits Digital Arts Division, Cnr Station & Jorrissen, Braamfontien
The workshops are an extension of the Free Particle artists in residence at Wits University, Digital Arts Division Seminar Room. RSVP essential to firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration: 2 days // Coordination: Anne Roquigny
Participants: students, media artists, people interested in netbased projects ( limit 5).
Presentation of the project with its theoretical, aesthetic, artistic goals within the context of contemporary creation.
Presentation of the wj/software and its potential (negative connotation- means that it has the chance to become something good in the future).
Presentation of the wj/software and the the different contexts in which it can be used.
Teaching how to master the software.
Selection of the websites for the performance.
In order to look for the websites for the elaboration of the WJ-S playlist , it is advised that the participants bring they own computers or that the organiser provides computers for the all the participants for the documentation.
Selection of the first websites for the playlist.
Test of the websites on the wj/software for final performance.
Workshop 1: Saturday 22nd Sept
Sensors and Actuators in Artistic Practice: Focus on Performance, Set Design and Installation Art Practice
Roland Assilevi, Ker Thoissane, Dakar
Workshop will develop an installation or performance driven outcome using either physical sensors or an sms reception mode. Participants will be given the tools to work with and have developed an interactive environment by the end of the day.
10:00 – 16:00, Sci-Bono, Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown
RSVP essential: email@example.com
Workshop 2: Sunday 23rd Sept
XBox Kinect Sensor for Artists
Tegan Bristow & Maia Grotepass, Wits Digital Arts, Johannesburg
Workshop will show the in and outs, limits and possibilities of the XBox Kinect as as a body and skeletal tracking sensor. Some basic programming knowledge would be good but not essential. By the end of the day a full interactive encounter will be developed as the workshop outcome.
10:00 – 16:00, Sci-Bono, Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown
Free Particle is hosting a collaborative Artists in a residency exchange with Ososphere. Anne Roquigny from France and Maia Grotepass from Cape Town.
Anne Roquigny: Artist in Residence (Ososphere)
French media arts curator, has specialised during the last 15 years in the production and curating of hybrid digital projects related to sound, visual arts, networks and the internet. After 3 years (1995-98) devising and organising the cultural events programs of the Web Bar, an internet café/art gallery in Paris, in 1999 she joined the CICV Pierre Schaeffer, one of the first French new media centres, where she worked as artistic co-ordinator and curator of the international Urban Multimedia Arts festivals, then as co-director of the venue with Pierre Bongiovanni. From 2002 to 2004, Anne was in charge of the general co-ordination of the preliminary project for a future Digital Arts Center in Paris, dedicated to digital production and to electronic music, at la Gaité Lyrique.
Anne is now developing the web performances project WJ-S http://www.wj-s.org and co-coordinating in parallel Peter Sinclair and Jérôme Joy Locus Sonus http://www.locusonus.org a research lab specialising in audio art and its relation to space and networked audio systems.
Maia Grotepass: Artist in Residence (Wits Digital Arts)
Maia Grotepass is an Engineer become Artist. Grotepass completed her MA Dissertation with the Digital Arts Division earlier this year, after a undergraduate degree and career in Engineering. Grotepass wrote on the process of generating and documenting code as an artist, comparing the differences between coding as an engineer and the coding as a creative and artistic process. In her exhibition Maia developed 4 interactive artworks that express that address coding as a creative practice, all works use the XBox Kinect as the primary interactive mechanism.
“I use software to express an interpretation of the world around me, the software code and systems I work with everyday.”