Today kicks off the A MAZE Festival in Johannesburg, the 2nd International Games/Media Arts Festival. The goal of the festival is to create a platform for African and European media artists to experiment in the ever evolving field of interactive design, media and art. I shall be giving a keynote address on Friday September 6th, A New Form of Revolution: African Creativity in the Digital Space. Take a look at their website for more information and see some of you there.
After the successful kick off in 2012, A MAZE. is back in Johannesburg from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 of September, 2013.
With more than thirty international and African artists, game designers, speakers and musicians showcasing their craft, A MAZE Johannesburg brings computer games, music and media art to the public in a dynamic, interactive and fun-filled 3-day event.
A MAZE. / Johannesburg 2013 is presented in partnership with the Digital Arts Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, and in cooperation with Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg. The event is co-funded by the European Union (EU) in South Africa.
A MAZE. is the second international Games / Media Art Festival to be held in Johannesburg and will use spaces across Braamfontein, taking games and media art expression to the public in a way you never expected.
The goal of A MAZE. is to create an annual evolving international platform for African and European media artists and game developers. The festival opens up a playground for everyone who wants to experience creative expression with code, play and technology. A MAZE. / Johannesburg provides a three day program packed with lectures, panel discussions, indie games, interactive installations, street games, workshops, concerts and parties.
Since its inception in Europe in 2008, A MAZE. has been celebrating the convergence of games, art and technology across Europe, with the HQ being based in Berlin.
The founder of A MAZE. and festival director Thorsten S. Wiedemann says: “We are more than happy to announce that A MAZE. / Johannesburg is organized in partnership with the Digital Arts Department of the University of the Witwatersrand for a cycle of the next 4 years. This strong relationship between an academic institution and an international label guarantees sustainability and visibility world wide. This year we are welcoming artists, game developers, forward thinkers, entrepreneurs, nerds and geeks from all over Africa and Europe to share their knowledge and visions about games, art and technology. A MAZE. /Johannesburg is a public festival of creativity and progressive culture.”
Amongst the artists who will be featured at A MAZE. /Johannesburg 2013 are:
Rami Ismail, game designer from the Netherlands; Chief Nyameya, game designer from Kenya; Sameh Al Tawil, media artist and researcher from Egypt; Tegan Bristow, media artist and researcher from South Africa; Joao Orecchia, musician and sound artist from South Africa; Sos Sosowski, game designer from Poland; SFA, animation artists from Germany; John Kevin Biretwa, digital entrepreneur from Uganda; Oluseye Soyode-Johnson, game consultant from Nigeria; Evan Greenwood, game designer from South Africa
Please find more information about the program and the locations of A MAZE. / Johannesburg on the new URL www.amaze-johannesburg.co.za. (Program will be available from 19 of August.)