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1990 ~ 2016

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Ten years of graphic design ...

After completing a B.Sc. in the natural sciences I tried out working as a scientist for about five minutes before diving into a creative career. I've never quite managed to finish any of the my art qualifications, just stopping short of completing my visual arts degree due to the kind of frustration that precipitated the 'Rhodes Must Fall' student revolt several years later.

To earn my keep I worked in the graphic design, advertising and publishing industry, gobbling up the new computers arriving on our desktops with big eyes and endless patience. 152 K of RAM and 150 MB of drive space was considered 'top of the range' when I started, and I spent a decade of my life waiting for it to catch up with the many promises sold to our clients by its maker.

When I'd had enough of that, I decided to try teaching.

Ten years of teaching ...

Working as an educator for ten years is a liberating experience on many fronts. As a freelance educator it has been a privilege to move between different institutions and work under different curricula. I've had the opportunity to constantly design new courses, lectures, and be part of many debates revolving around creative process, digital media, multimedia, graphic design, and visual arts. Nobody could wish for a more fertile learning curve than one comprised of such diversity.

Several more of activism ...

During my teaching experiences I encountered a new generation of powerful educators and realised that my job was done. I had come into teaching at the forefront of a digital tsunami that had swept through our industry in graphic design, advertising & publishing. My DIY approach in dealing with these new technologies had given me skills useful to institutions still grappling with their full implication.

At some point it became clear that it was time to move on, to step back and make way to a new generation of South Africans who, quite frankly, blew my mind.

Still carrying the discomforts I'd experienced as student and teacher I dove into the world of social media, using my digital skills to build and develop visual art and activist projects. My new teaching and learning space became facebook, and finally with the help of radical thinkers I was able to put words to the frustrations that had plagued me for a lifetime.

Over a decade of group projects ...

In 2004 I started participating in my first group project as a visual artist. Soon I shifted roles and became the online presence of these projects, helping to garner a national and international audience for our various causes.

I've had the privilege of being part of 'Searching for a Saviour' at Museum Africa (2004), 'Journey to Freedom' at the UNISA centenary celebrations (2004), 'ansisters' at Constitution Hill (2005), the netart project 'trans_end' (2007), the many Site_Specific Collectives projects in land & nature art (2009-2016), and the 'FilmVerse' animation + poetry project (2014 & 2016).

In 2016 I started the 'kindEarth_intentions' media project to support initiatives that help shift narratives in how we treat each other, our fellow earthly beings, and our earth.

Read more here ...

Creative friendships ...

In these initiatives I've forged creative friendships that have nurtured and supported my many interests. In our creative lives we rely on the trusted camaraderie of those who believe in similar ideals. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the good fortune of recognising powerful teachers and following their guidance. I hope I can repay my debt to their contributions, and am ready to tackle next ten years. Here goes ...


Updated November 24, 2017

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NOTES...

 

#dumpTrump or #dumpTwitter

After trying to get Twitter to delete Donald Trump's profile, or at the very minimum, his hateful & ignorant tweets, I left Twitter in an act of self-imposed exile to protest their inaction and participation in giving a maniac a platform to spew on. Rules that apply to us do not apply to him, and corporations who absolve themselves of social responsibility participate in provoking disaster.

Becuase we are all responsible.

#dotAfro for #Africa

Instead, I have decided to throw my social media weight behind an exciting new venture in South Africa called DotAfro, focusing on black voices in Africa.