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2014 & 2016

FILMVERSE ANIMATION PROJECTS

with Anni Snyman & Eugenie Grobler

In 2014 I had the wonderful opportunity of participating in a poetry + animation project based on well-known Afrikaans poems taught at schools and universities in South Africa.

Through artistic director Diek Grobler and the sponsorship of the 'ATKV' - an organisation dedicated to the cultural and artistic expressions of Afrikaans across the full spectrum of its speakers in South Africa - we've managed to complete two animation projects to date.

Refusing the directorial role and process, we call our projects 'creative constellations' where each artist practices their own craft in conversation with the other artists involved.

Although I cannot share the animations as yet - they're available on DVD 'Filmverse 1' and 'Filmverse2' - I can share our first ever animation attempt with this particular medium, the water-mark based buddha board. Anni Snyman does the buddha board illustrations, and I perform miracles in Photoshop and After Effects. In this instance it was an accidental discovery, so the shots were all made 'free form' without a tripod, which means I had my work cut out for me to get it working as an animation. We didn't have access to Eugenie's musical talents, so the soundtrack is very much an afterthought in GarageBand.

In 2016 we played a similar game at a land and nature art event in Johannesburg.

Stills compilations from Filmverse 1 'First Kiss'

Stills compilations from Filmverse 2 'Smoke gets in your eyes'

August 15, 2016

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2014 ~ 2015

COOL CAPITAL Guerrilla BIENNALE

with Site_Specific & Cool Capital

In 2014 Cool Capital invited our Site_Specific project to participate in a world first 'Guerrilla Biennale' taking place in my home city, Pretoria - the municipality of Tshwane.

I ended up curating an environmental art project with the help and support of Anni Snyman. Anni came in to present nature art workshops and I played my usual documentarian role - using writing, photography, video and the social media platform to share the project with our online audience.

As a consequence I was afforded the fantastic opportunity of not only compiling a chapter on our project, but taking on the task of laying out and typesetting the whole Cool Capital Guerrilla Biennale catalogue. A relentless task that took almost a year to complete. The end result is a spectacular testimony to a city of creative individuals who came together to actualise a stunning idea.

August 15, 2016

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2013 ~ 2016

SITE_SPECIFIC LAND & NATURE ART

with the Site_Specific Collective

Site_Specific was founded in 2011 by Anni Snyman and Strijdom van der Merwe. I joined the organisation in 2013 to play a supporting role in developing their online profile through documentation and writing. The organisation has grown from strength to strength and is now referred to as the Site_Specific Collective after disbanding its official NPO organisational status in favour of a less formal arrangement.

August 15, 2016

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2009 ~ 2016

KAROO GEOGLYPHs PROJECT

with Anni Snyman

Anni and I have been working together on commercial and art projects on and off for over twenty years. She's a great generator of amazing ideas and projects, and I come in and support her in all manner of logistical ways. Thankfully, she's asked me once again to support her on her next amazing and important adventure – a land art project designed to contemplate our precarious existence on this precious planet, and how far we still need to go in order to save our world.

In 2009 I had the good fortune to be invited along to help make our first temporary geoglyph, the 'Earth Siren' in Tankwa, Karoo. Luckily Google Earth captured her before she disappeared again. This was the first of several temporary and permanent geoglyphs that became part of the Site_Specific project in 2013. To date I've helped create the temporary Riverine Rabbit geoglyph in Richmond, the Snake Eagle Thinking Path in Matjiesfontein, the Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path in Loxton.

August 15, 2016

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2004 ~ 2007

CREATIVE CONSTELLATIONS

with Anni Snyman & Eugenie Grobler

After ending her teaching career in the brand communications field, Anni joined forces with Eugenie Grobler to generate 'creative constellations' aimed at building artistic community around issues affecting our country.

In 2004 Anni curated 'Searching for a Saviour', her first attempt at gathering artistic community around serious issues affecting our country.

This was followed by 'Ansisters' in 2005 in collaboration with musician and poetic songwriter Eugenie Grobler - a project that quickly grew into an event that included 600 participants at the Old Fort at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

In both these projects I participated as digital artist and website builder. These are the days before facebook and the social media explosion, and website design was still a complicated conversion of book pages to web pages.

In 2007 I attempted curating an online net art collaborative space with the help of Anni Snyman, inviting artists practicing in 'traditional' media into a collaborative recreation of their work into a net art context. The project never came to full fruition but eight net art collaborations / installations were eventually loaded. it was simply too much work for one person to tackle without financial investment or support - a dilemma net art has never really been able to escape. The project was called 'trans_end' with a missing 'c' as an ongoing conversation to the two previous creative constellations.

This series of creative constellations concluded with the Disobedience workshops presented by Anni Snyman and Eugenie Grobler. As creative individuals we were invited to contemplate and discuss the dilemma we were facing in the world, and the social and environmental issues we were dealing within our own country.

August 15, 2016

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2004

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM PROJECT

UNISA Centenary Celebrations animations

In 2004 Gwen Miller directed the 'Journey to Freedom' animation project, hooking me up with Erica Lüttich and the Boitumelo Sewing project, turning their embroidered narratives into animations that would accompany liberation struggle songs sung by the Unisa Choir. I animated three of the songs performed. This was my first attempt at professional digital animation.

August 15, 2016

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2003

Conversation with Google

Looking back...

This project was my first attempt at 'netart'. With the limited technical knowledge and understanding I had, it was quite a rough ride. Although the idea had merit, the process and outcome proved depressing, but I somehow felt compelled to push through with it – hoping to find some kind of meaningful answer at the other end. Sometimes that is all that art can do, and that has it's own merit. Two years later a stunning project came online with a similar intention at its core called 'we feel fine'. The project is still live and running online at www.wefeelfine.org.

July 19, 2011

Dialogue between a visual artist & the internet

With the advent of digitised technology, computers and the internet are changing our sense of world, place, space and experience. Many of us spend more and more time translating our thoughts and emotions into 0's and 1's, becoming one with the 'machine' and in effect, turning into cyborgs.

Cyborg : a compound word derived from cybernetics and organism, is a term coined by Manfred Clynes in 1960 to describe the need for mankind to artificially enhance biological functions in order to survive in the hostile environment of Space. Originally, a cyborg referred to a human being with bodily functions aided or controlled by technological devices, such as an oxygen tank, artificial heart valve or insulin pump. Over the years, the term has acquired a more general meaning, describing the dependence of human beings on technology. In this sense, cyborg can be used to characterise anyone who relies on a computer to complete their daily work.

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First Kiss

The First Kiss  was part of an Afrikaans poetry animation project 'Filmverse 1' in 2014. With Anni Snyman (illustrations), katty vandenberghe (animation), and Eugenie Grobler (music).

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Environmental Art Project
the environmental art project  as part of the Cool Capital Guerrilla Biennale in 2014. Co-ordinated with the support of Anni Snyman of Site_Specific and Carla Taljaard of the Cool Capital Biennale.

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EarthSiren
THE EARTH SIREN was Anni Snyman and PC van Rensburg's first temporary Karoo geoglyph completed in 2009 with the help of friends and family. Captured on Google Earth one year later.

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inFlux

influx was a play directed by Janine Lewis at the Technical University of Tshwane. Screenshot of an interactive net art installation of animated gifs and sound clips as part of the online collaboration and curated net art project trans_end.

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Xplor

A Conversation with Google  was part of a fourth year visual arts project presented at the UNISA Art Gallery towards the end of 2003.

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NOTES...

 

As a creative individual I prefer to work in collaborative projects with a larger purpose than producing a series of artworks for the sake of exhibition. My preferred medium is digital - ranging from net art to animation to video. The bulk of my effort has been poured into online manifestations of all the group projects I've been involved in since 2004/2005.