With more than thirty international and African artists, game designers, speakers and musicians, A MAZE. / Johannesburg will be kicking off for the second year from 5 to 7 September.
A MAZE. / Johannesburg will use public spaces across Braamfontein bringing games and media art expression to the public unexpected and memorable ways.
The goal of A MAZE. is to create anannual evolving international platform for African and European media artists and game developers. The festival opens up a playground for everyone who wants to experience creative expression with code, play and technology. A MAZE. / Johannesburg provides a three day program packed with lectures, panel discussions, indiegames, interactive installations, street games, workshops, concerts and parties.
Since its inception in Europe in 2008, A MAZE. has been celebrating the convergence of games, art and technology across Europe, with the HQ being based in Berlin.
A MAZE. / Johannesburg 2013 is presented in partnership with the Digital Arts Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, and in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg. The event is co-funded by the European Union Network of Institutes of Culture (EUNIC).
The founder of A MAZE. and Festival Director Thorsten S. Wiedemann says: ‚”We are more than happy to announce that A MAZE. / Johannesburg has secured a partnership with the Digital Arts Department of the University of the Witwatersrand for the next 4 years. This strong relationship between an academic institution and an international label guarantees sustainability and visibility world-wide. This year we are welcoming artists, game developers, forward thinkers, entrepreneurs, nerds and geeks from all over Africa and Europe toshare their knowledge and visions about games, art and technology. A MAZE. /Johannesburg is a public festival of creativity and progressive culture.‚”
Artists who will be featured at A MAZE. /Johannesburg 2013 include:
Rami Ismail, game designer from the Netherlands: Chief Nyameya, game designer from Kenya: Sameh Al Tawil, media artist and researcher from Egypt: Tegan Bristow, media artist and researcher from South Africa: Joao Orecchia, musician and sound artist from South Africa: Sos Sosowski, game designer from Poland: SFA, animation artists from Germany: John Kevin Biretwa, digital entrepreneur from Uganda: Oluseye Soyode-Johnson, game consultant from Nigeria: Evan Greenwood, game designer from South Africa.