Speakers

CounterMonuments
CounterMonuments
Technology & Debate
CounterMonuments project seeks to problematize, in artistic proposals with Artificial Intelligence, traditional monuments. This project, in 2019 and 2020, transformed immersive environments, such as planetariums, into shared memories. In 2021, Artificial Intelligence was implemented in the proposal, investigating connected/disconnected emotions from life in a COVID 19 world. Emotions are analysed and classified by an AI that provides data for the Touch Designer software to change images and audios, related to each emotion.
Smomid AudioVisual Evolution
Smomid AudioVisual Evolution
Musician and Instrument Builder
Smomid is a project by Nick Demopoulos, who is a performer, musician, and instrument builder. Smomid only utilizes instruments he has designed and built to perform interactive computer music. The name is an acronym of his primary instrument: “String Modeling Midi Device.” Smomid music often features glitchy and scattered beats, sampling, abstract textures, ambient spaces, and improvisation.
Pop Up Auctions
Pop Up Auctions
Photography and Dance
Juan Jose Diaz Infante is an expert in technologies and culture. He has worked on content, social media, internet, radio, television, and print projects. During 2019, Díaz Infante generated a series of cutting-edge projects, “Sin Rumbo”, a photographic activism project, which includes electronic and analog actions. A “retro” exploration of experimental photography back to paper and other materials, the use of the telephone as a transmission tool instead of a camera.
Welcome and Opening
Welcome and Opening
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design
Professor Runette Kruger joined DUT as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design with effect from 1 August 2021. She has over 25 years of experience in the higher education teaching and learning sector, 14 of which were spent focusing on research and publications. Before she joined DUT, she was Head of the Department of Fine and Studio Arts in the Faculty of Arts and Design at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). 
Per Aspera ad Astra
Per Aspera ad Astra
Photographic and Video Installations
I was born in Pisa, Italy, in 1971. Since 1990 I work in the Institute of Clinical Physiology (IFC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) where I dealt with electronic devices (1990-1995) then I moved to the Multimedia Lab to support researchers in their educational and research activities and where I learned to use video cameras, cabling, audio-video transmissions, video editing.
Un-locking the art and creative forces in Greece
Un-locking the art and creative forces in Greece
art historian, cultural theorist , writer and curator
Dr Eva Kekou is an art historian, cultural theorist , writer and curator.  Her field of expertise is: media art, interactive media and art in public space.  Her research has been published at reputable journals and has been presented at international conferences ( International Symposium of electornia art, RC21, Subtle Technologies, media art histories et al.) 
Pelican Stairs the steps to an AI assisted pandemic memoir
Pelican Stairs the steps to an AI assisted pandemic memoir
Artist, strategist, anthropologist, high school dropout, PhD.
Caitlin McDonald: Artist, strategist, anthropologist, high school dropout, Ph.D. Find out more at www.caitlinmcdonald.com. 
Try to Die Smiling
Try to Die Smiling
multi-disciplinary artist, Digital and 2D Art
I am Xilesia Dwyer Henry. I am a multi-disciplinary artist which at the moment I am frequently exploring through digital and 2D art. The work I create, sentiments the concept surrounding injustices and groups that are unequally treated.
Panel – The new possibilities of digital festivals due to the pandemic
Panel – The new possibilities of digital festivals due to the pandemic
- Jen Snowball is a professor of Economics at Rhodes University, South Africa. She is also a researcher at the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO).
- Aurelia Albert is the founder and CEO for Innovate Durban, an entity set up to support and promote innovation in Durban.
- Richard Perez is the founding director of the Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town, which leverages the global d. school network of both Potsdam, Germany, and Stanford, United States.
- dillion s. phiri is the current Curator of Fak’ugesi Festival a digital creative innovation festival based in Johannesburg showcasing and celebrating digital creatives and their work across Africa.
- Ismail Mahomed is the Director for the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Touch and sensoriality
Touch and sensoriality
Interactive Artwork
For artist duo Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt, interaction in their artworks emerges from using multiple kinds of expression. The public share extraordinary sensory experiences in their interactive installation. Their artworks are exhibited in museums, contemporary art centres, and digital art festivals across the world.
Three pandemic postcards to my future self
Three pandemic postcards to my future self
Professional photographer
David J Colbran is a Liverpool based photographer who undertakes all sorts of photography commissions, from conferences and public relations events, through to live music gigs, summer music festivals and hard news stories.
The grass on this side
The grass on this side
Stop Motion Filmography
Rebecca started studying Human Resources at UNISA in 2014. In 2016, the urge to pursue her passion could no longer be contained and she changed her degree to Bachelor of Arts in Visual Multimedia Arts. Rebecca has one subject left to complete in 2022 before receiving her degree. Rebecca and her husband received an offer to relocate to Spain in 2018. After years of uncertainty, they declined the offer and decided to remain in South Africa with those that are dear to them. This experience has influenced Rebecca’s artmaking, particularly her stop motion animation video, TheRoots(2021).
The E-Waste Funeral DUT Edition
The E-Waste Funeral DUT Edition
Head of the Department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design
Dr Rachel Baasch is the Head of the Department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). In 2018, she adopted the persona of the “E-Waste Widow” as part of an arts-based research project focused on the increased dumping of E-waste from the Global North on the African continent. Dr Baasch has lectured at the University Currently Known as Rhodes (UCKAR) and the University of Pretoria (UP).
Technodiversity and Future Imaginings in Algorithmic Art
Technodiversity and Future Imaginings in Algorithmic Art
Multimedia artist
Multimedia artist with expertise in the fields of art and technology, contemporary subjectivity, and interactive systems. Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Visual Arts at Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil and in the Undergraduate Program in Fine Arts at UFSM. 
Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can kill you.
Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can kill you.
Photography & Filmography
Visual artist born in 1970 residing in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently studying towards an Honours Degree in Visual art at UNISA. She works in all mediums but prefer mixed media. 
Panel – The intersection between journalism and social media in the coverage of the recent civil unrest in KZN
Panel – The intersection between journalism and social media in the coverage of the recent civil unrest in KZN
Jeff Wicks is an investigative journalist with News24, who won the prestigious Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism in 2021. He has also worked for Sunday Times, The Witness, the Sunday Tribune a and The Mercury. He is especially interested in investigative and data journalism. He lives in Johannesburg.
Panel – LabInter
Panel – LabInter
Composed by Artists, Teachers, Researchers and Students from Visual Arts
LabInter (Interdisciplinary Interactive Laboratory) is composed of artists, teachers, researchers, and students from visual arts, design, music, letters, architecture, cinema, computer engineering, and computer science. The lab has developed research projects in-game art, interactive applications, augmented reality, mixed reality, interactive installations, visual music, web art, telematic art, and, recently, a Fulldome proposal. LabInter is associated with the Graduate Program in Visual Arts at UFSM/Brazil. 
Keynote -Journeying beyond intersections – The story of an Arts and Design Digital Festival
Keynote -Journeying beyond intersections – The story of an Arts and Design Digital Festival
Founder-director of the Arts and Design Digital Festival (DigiFest) and cofounder of itdLab, a virtual new-media-art lab, promoting South-South collaboration
René Alicia Smith teaches New Media and Media Studies in the Journalism programme at Durban University of Technology (DUT). She is the immediate past President of the South African Humanities Deans’ Association; former Executive Dean of DUTs Faculty of Arts and Design; founder-director of the Arts and Design Digital Festival (DigiFest) and cofounder of itdLab, a virtual new-media-art lab, promoting South-South collaboration.
ELLIPSES – The Cosmology Mythical Musical
ELLIPSES – The Cosmology Mythical Musical
ELLIPSES stars Singularity and their teenage Galaxies and follows their quest to undo the Big Bang, after their dog Gravity sets it off. The supermassive heart of this coming-of-age story is self-discovery in isolation. In astrophysics, David Quang Pham seeks connections between the humanities and the galaxies. He noticed that galaxies were aimless while viewing them at the Michigan State University Observatory.
Keynote – Turning a research project into a start-up or spin off
Keynote – Turning a research project into a start-up or spin off
Medical Technology
Professor Keolebogile (Keo) Shirley Motaung joined DUT on 1 November 2020 as Director: Technology Transfer and Innovation. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Health Biotech (Pty) Ltd, and President of the African Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. Professor Motaung holds a D.Tech in Biomedical Technology from Tshwane University of Technology in conjunction with University of California, Davis , USA obtained in 2010.
Keynote – SDG Institutionalisation, Equality and Opportunity – Lateral Thoughts
Keynote – SDG Institutionalisation, Equality and Opportunity – Lateral Thoughts
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement at DUT
Professor Sibusiso Moyo holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Natal, Durban and a Masters (with distinction) in Tertiary Education Management from the LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne Australia.
Eye Tracking – From Affect to Concept
Eye Tracking – From Affect to Concept
Researcher
Eye movements are subconscious and intuitive determinations which are often characterised as aleatory but which, upon examination through eye tracking, appear to demonstrate a narrative logic that sidelines the rational and engages the affective through a perceptual semiotics. When we look, where do we look to and what do we look for? How does conceptual knowledge arise from non-rational, experiential determinations?
Eidos
Eidos
Digital-arts start up
Syntropy States is a digital-arts start-up with a vision to put art and music at the heart of health. We pair beautiful abstract art with 8D ambient soundtracks to create immersive and mesmerising breathwork, relaxation and meditation videos. Our work has won awards and gained interest from the world of healthcare as a simple and powerful way for people to disengage from their stress and place themselves into a state of coherence where the body and mind can rebalance and renew.
DUT’s first Zoom Theatre
DUT’s first Zoom Theatre
Theatre
Dr. Pamela Tancsik is a professional puppeteer, stage director, and theatre practitioner for more than 30 years. She started her theatre career in 1978 at the Munich Marionette Theatre and worked for the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Theater amGaertnerplatz as assistant director and dramaturge for several opera productions.
Death Denied (2020). HD Video Series
Death Denied (2020). HD Video Series
4th Year UNISA Student.
Born in 1983, in Pretoria, where I am currently based. I am in the process of completing my fourth year of a BA Visual Arts degree at UNISA while working as a freelance visual artist. My practice involves primarily drawing, painting and video, my approach is characterised by a deep personal exploration connected to childhood, identity, memory, mythology and popular culture. My work draws on universal emotions around loss, anxiety and struggle.
Dance in a digital age and reimagining safe ways of working looking at the intersection of technology and integrated dance practices
Dance in a digital age and reimagining safe ways of working looking at the intersection of technology and integrated dance practices
Choreography and Editing
FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY’s home is on the East coast of South Africa in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is nestled in the heart of the warm ocean-facing city of Durban. Lliane Loots began FLATFOOT in 1994 as a part-time training programme that aimed to offer technical contemporary dance training to any Durban/eThekwini-based dancers who were able to make the classes.
Covid 19 Solution
Covid 19 Solution
Student/Business partners
Dut Ninjas consists of 6 members and a mentor. It was established in Richards Bay on the 14th of June 2021. Our aim is to low the spread of Covid-19 and keep people healthy. Author (S) name(S): Sanele Doyisa, Mpendulo Xulu, Mbali Nongalo, Andile Chonco, Nkosinathi Mkhonto, Simphiwe Mthethwa.
Robin Gengan
Robin Gengan
Founding Director of Blue Robin Digital (Pty) Ltd
Robin Gengan is the Founding Director of Blue Robin Digital (Pty) Ltd, a South African film production company specialising in digital content production for the entertainment industry. Previously, he was the Director at Gentacorp (Pty) Ltd, also a film production company. Prior to that, he worked at World Vision International, a social welfare NGO, as the Regional Support Services Director. He also worked as a Justice Centre Manager at Legal Aid South Africa and as a Branch Manager at Finaid Financial Services (now Capitec Bank).
Niresh Singh
Niresh Singh
Specialist IT Technician: Video Technology
Niresh Singh is a Specialist IT Technician: Video Technology, in the Department of Video Technology at the Durban University of Technology. He has extensive experience in the television broadcast environment. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Video Technology and is currently studying towards a master’s qualification. He is interested in 360 degree video and Virtual Reality technologies.
Dr Dianna Moodley
Dr Dianna Moodley
Faculty Research Coordinator
Dr. Dianna Moodley has completed extensive studies in Sociolinguistics, having spent almost a decade in the US. Her research specialization lies Language Policy in South African Higher Education. She is highly involved in networking with leading researchers in discovering what motivational factors affect language acquisition and usage in education worldwide.
Art and Digital Design Creativity for Innovation, Technology Development, and Entrepreneurship
Art and Digital Design Creativity for Innovation, Technology Development, and Entrepreneurship
PhD (Materials Chemistry) and MSc Materials Chemistry (Wits, SA)
Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Wits Business School (WBS). Heterogeneous Catalysis Materials Specialist for applications in bioenergetics, biomaterials synthesis and wastewater treatment. Postdoctoral Fellow in the Technology Transfer and Innovation (TTI) Directorate. Assistant Academic Research Commercialization to The TTI Director.
Studio Juliat
Studio Juliat
Art and Design Consultancy
Studio Juliat is an art and design consultancy helmed by illustrator Julia Tay, who is deeply influenced by nature and food. Her favourite mediums are pen/ink, colour pencils or mixed media. As a design graduate from Lasalle School of the Arts, digitalising her hand-drawn illustrations has led to an array of unique projects - from book illustrations to AR filters and art installations.
Intervals & Rhythms Arts Collective
Intervals & Rhythms Arts Collective
Artistic collective and research group in Aesthetics and Modus Operandi of Montage via Database & Design
Artistic collective and research group in Aesthetics and Modus Operandi of Montage via Database & Design #ir! [Intervals & Rhythms] was born in 2015 from the project “Artesãos Audiovisuais em Form'Ação” [Audiovisual Artisans in Form'Action] (2013)  from a need and desire of the Cinema and Audiovisual course at the Federal University of Ceará to deepen in the field of editing and montage. At first theoretical, it soon also became an artistic collective of practical experimentations between techniques and aesthetics of the gestures of audiovisual editing. For more information, visit www.projetares.art.br