PREPARATION FOR DIGITAL FESTIVAL IN FULL GEAR
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
The first year Fine Art students with the guidance of their lecturer Cheryl Penn, are getting away with painting on the Durban of University of Technology’s City Campus walls.
Not to worry though- their portraits on the campus walls are in preparation for the first ever Digital Arts Festival at the Durban University of Technology.
The portraits are part of a module the first years are doing, where they take ‘selfies’ with their phones, distort them and then paint the caricatures on the walls at a larger scale.
The class will exhibit as a group at the Digital Festival, showcasing the work that they have done this year. The guests will be greeted by obscure, large faces on the wall when they take their first steps into the exhibition room.
“This is so exciting, it is a once in a life time thing and what makes it much more exciting is the fact that no one can say if its right or wrong,” said Fine Art student Casey Richardson.
The students enjoy this exercise especially as it involves new technologies, incorporating it into their studies and artwork.
“We want others to see that Fine Art is an exciting course- art is not only about paper, it could be about anything,” said Penn.
Penn will also be exhibiting her book- ‘Facebook’- for the first time at the festival.
The book represents the faces of democracy and it features the faces of everyone in the Faculty of Arts and Design.
The Digital Festival is a great opportunity and platform for the students and their participation will be crucial for this this festival to meet its tremendous potential.