onedotzero’s award winning educational programme returned as part of the British Council’s ‘Connect ZA’ programme during the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa 2014 Festival in Johannesburg.
onedotzero_cascade returned in September as part of the Fakugesi Digital Africa Festival and A Maze, in partnership with the British Council’s Connect ZA programme. Cascade_ZA focused on graduates from mixed creative disciplines in Johannesburg, South Africa, aiming to create an environment for collaborative and multidisciplinary work for young people, creating new networks and opportunities within the industry.
The diverse group of 20 students and emerging young creatives worked with the onedotzero team, artist/illustrator Richard Hogg and South African creative technologist Nathan Gates to explore the theme of ‘Play’.
The participants worked together in groups to create interventions into the Tetrafix party at the end of the week-long workshop. We saw everything from an interactive balloon sculpture to a glowing UV room and even a piece of live narrative based gameplay. The projects were hugely successful adding elements of play, drama and excitement to the party.
The public platform at the end of cascade gave participants a focused end goal and although this added to the pressure, participants rose to the challenge, working long and hard to get everything completed on time. The party also meant that they were able to proudly show off what they had achieved to a wider audience and see how their creations effected real people in a specific context, something key to producing work that is interactive or inherently ‘playful’.
cascade was supported by several other onedotzero activities organised during the festival including a residency and collaboration between Yuri Suzuki, Bogosi Sekhukuni, Nathan Gates and Neo Mahlasela which will be shown in the Kalashnikovv gallery and a panel discussion entitled ‘onedotzero presents play’ with Sophie Walter, Richard Hogg, Nathan Gates and Yuri Suzuki.
A big thank you to all the participants for their outstanding hard work and Tetrafix, Fak’ugesi and the British Council for making it all happen.
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