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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency 2019 #OWNOURFORCE

Since 2016, Pro Helvetia Johannesburg has supported the Digital Africa Residency through ANT Mobility Funding via the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The aim of the residency is to bring young and emerging digital artists, innovators and makers together to think, experiment and collaborate in a cross-disciplinary environment.

The theme for this year’s Fakugesi Digital Innovation Festival is #OWNOURFORCE and will focus on ownership and cultural equity in digital culture and its practices in Africa and the world.

Who owns our digital value chain? How do we stake our claim and protect our creative equity in the digital world? How do we share our intellectual property and protect it at the same time? How do we value our contribution and innovation in the African creative economy?


DEADLINE: July 1 2019

Call for artists addressing technology and/or creative technologists to participate in the annual Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival’s creative residency from 7 August to 8 September 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

4 young digital makers will be chosen, 3 from SADC countries and 1 from Switzerland.

The residency provides the opportunity to:

  • Spend 4 weeks thinking, experimenting and working in a dynamic cross-disciplinary environment together with counterparts from Africa
  • Mentorship and support provided by professionals in the digital arts field in Johannesburg
  • Presentation of  work and ideas in the context of the Fak’ugesi digital arts festival in Johannesburg from 30 August to 8 September 2019


Successful applicants are required to be in Johannesburg for the full residency period. Residents are expected to develop work in residence (either collaboratively with the other residents or independently). Residents are expected to engage publicly through their practice with attendees via either workshops or talks. The required residency outcome is to produce a work (the format is open: installation, screen based, performance, app, game, etc.) for a final exhibition to open on Thursday 29th August 2019 as part of the Fak’ugesi Festival programme in Johannesburg.