Tonga.Online / Tonga.OnAir - live input at Africa Remix Panel @ Johannesburg Art Gallery

The second Africa Remix panel discussion – Digital Africa - took place on Saturday, July 28 from 10am to 3pm at the prestigious Johannesburg Art Gallery / JAG in South Africa.

‘Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent’, running at the JAG until September 30, features the work of more than 85 artists from 25 countries on the African continent and in the Diaspora. The exhibition has already visited Düsseldorf, London, Paris and Tokyo.

In partnership with Trinity Session, the Digital Africa panel comprised two sessions focusing on technology and its uses in relation to the visual arts. The panel discussed how art advances in the technological world, how, in turn, technology influences artistic creation, and how technology is shaping contemporary African art.

The panel included, Lorna Abungu (Kenya), Bassam El-Baroni (Egypt), Adam Haupt (Cape Town) and from Johannesburg William Kentridge, Ishmail Farouk, Mphethi Morojele, Pavlo Phitides, Jason Hobbs, Aryan Kaganof and Christo Doherty. Moderators were Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter.

A special input for the discussion was provided by Keith Goddard in a live interview via cellphone from Sinazongwe/Zambia where he was attending the annual traditional Lwiindi ceremony. Keith explained the joint endeavour of the Tonga.Online and Tonga.OnAir projects to use modern digital means for the promotion and development of Tonga music and cultural heritage.

The next Africa Remix panel discussion on August 25 is dubbed ‘African Intellectuals’. Another discussion focusing on Museums and Exhibitions will follow in September. The final discussion will also be held in September in conjunction with the Art Historians Conference.

See photos from JAG in Johannesburg and Keith Goddard phoning from Sinazongwe

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