With all the talk about taking a business online. There is an initiative, straight out of Bloemfontein that managed to get this right before the sh*t hit the fan. It’s absolutely commendable to forward-thinking individuals who have managed to execute their projects. By developing digital platforms and not letting the current landscape hold them back.
Collaboration is always at the center of the arts conversation. This project displays the power of creatives coming together to achieve a common goal.
Click here, to access the virtual exhibition.
Be sure to check out the live event on Facebook
The creative behind the project
Thuthukani Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean spoken word artist at the University of the Free State and also works as the Vrystaat Literature Festival assistant coordinator. He is the founder and creative director of The Radioactive Blog, a platform that has promoted and continues to promote a number of creatives from the continent and around the world. Thuthukani has performed in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi & South Africa. He also hosts poetry workshops (in Bloemfontein) with the aim of equipping and inspiring upcoming poets. Find his work on Twitter or Instagram @2tukani.
About the project
This festival is a Visual Art & Augmented Reality project of INFINI3, funded by the National Arts Council of South Africa, which showcases collaborative work by selected Free State-based artists.
The festival partnered with The Radioactive Blog, which hosted a 4-day hackathon with the 21 artists (and this group of artists consists of 7 poets, 7 visual/fine artists, and 7 digital artists), from the 24th to the 27th of March 2020.
Thuthukani Ndlovu was the facilitator of the hackathon.
The artists were tasked with responding to the current Corona Virus Pandemic, therefore this is the main theme of the whole exhibition. In order to get the full experience of this exhibition, please download the Artivive App (available on iStore. Google Play for free) before entering the site.
Invite as many friends as possible
This Augmented Reality app will enable you to scan each artwork in order to listen to the poems. Watch the AR video/pictures based on or inspired by each artwork. We will be sharing the link to the Online Exhibition here on this platform on the 9th of April at 12.
One of the amazing things about this online launch is that you can attend it from anywhere. As long as you’ve got a Facebook account. We hope you enjoy the art we’ve created, and don’t forget to share the Art and exhibition link with others.
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