Digi Fest: Technology and the Arts
The Faculty of Arts and Design at the Durban University of Technology hosted the 6th annual Arts and Design Digital Festival (Digi Fest) on 13-14 September at the City and Ritson Campuses.
The aim was to expose students, staff and the general public to engaging and educational activities across several creative mediums.
Digi Fest kicked off with a Talkfest at City Campus where the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design, Dr Rene Smith gave opening remarks.
“The digifest is an annual event that aims to showcase some of the work students do and the focus on this year’s digital festival is on the fourth industrial revolution,” She said.
“We have a duty to ensure that our students do not get left behind in this new age of technology. In this digital age, it’s all about collaboration, so not sharing resources and spaces will not work,’’ She added.
The festival produced a series of coding and animation workshops, presentations, discussions, exhibitions, installations, and live artworks. The 4IR and the Job Market was amongst one of the panel discussions.
Ebrahim Asmal from DUT’s IT Department who chaired the discussion said, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about using technology in all aspects of life and it is causing disruptions and changing the way we live and work”.
Asmal added that a wave of job losses over the next decade will impact hundreds of millions of people, as roles based on repetitive rules applications are likely to be phased out, because of the fourth industrial revolution.
“The 4IR will bring change and innovation at an unprecedented rate, so there is a need for people to reskill and upskill,” the IT Senior Lecturer said.
Dianne Makings from the Cape Town International Animation Festival encouraged students to put the resources at their disposal and the internet into good use.
“Don’t focus on what you can’t do, rather focus on what you can. There are no barriers anymore in this digital age, so don’t create them or be one yourself,” she said.
Unati Msuthu, a first-year student that attended the digital festival said people need to make it their responsibility to learn about what they must do in this digital age.
“I learnt a lot today and I will put into practice what the speakers said. Through the increase of technological advancement, we will be able to create and develop easier ways to live and make our lives easier and better,” she said.