DIGIFEST PROMOTES ART AS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
*Caption: An upcoming artist performing on stage at the #DIGIFEST2016
Written by: Samkele Sokhela
The Durban University of Technology’s Faculty of Arts and Design held a successful Digital Arts Festival (DIGIFEST) opening show on Friday, where attendees were informed about art.
DIGIFEST is an annual event by the DUT’s Faculty of Arts and Design that aims at showcasing and promoting students and also staff’s artwork.
Festival Coordinator, Steve Keemo said that the event happened at the right time for people to acknowledge the role that art is playing in communities.
“It is with no doubt that art plays a key role in our societies. People can express their identity and feelings through their artwork, music and creativity. Art is another tool of communication. We all know how important it is to communicate with one another,” said Keemo.
He added that he was grateful because this years’ event had many positives and many people from various departments participated in it.
“We are grateful that we have several DUT academic programmes participating, alongside external partners and organisations working with digital technologies. I would also like to see more student-driven initiatives. And more students coming up with innovative ideas,” concluded Steve.
Wesley van Heerden, an artist from Durban who has been doing art for 10 years for different companies around the world, said that art is the only ‘language’ that can communicate all cultures around the world.
“There’s a lot of different languages around the world, and if you need to speak to a certain person in a certain country you have to know their language. I think art is very important, in terms of it being able to communicate to other cultures. It’s almost like a democratic language,” said van Heerden.
Executive Director of International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Marcus Nuestetter said parts of the initiative’s objectives is to link up with artists from townships and rural areas.
“We need to talk about how we can occupy space, give artists an opportunity to create change. We want to erase people’s perception that DIGIFEST is only for DUT students. So, we are currently looking at coming up with different ways that can distribute information,” stated Nuestetter..
Attendee, Lebohang Mofokeng from Sastri College praised the initiative and said that he was amazed by the artwork he was seeing.
“The work is amazing man. There is this room on the other side. The art in there is astonishing. I was like ‘Wow’,” said Mofokeng.
This year’s theme was, “We are such stuff that dreams are made of” taken from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in commemoration of the 400th year anniversary of his death.