Ukutokobela Artists Workshop - Open Call

Workshop dates: 02 – 14 October 2017

Ukutokobela invites programmers, tinkerers and interactive media artists to a two weeks Digital Interactive Arts workshop to take place at Greatmore Arts Studios. October 2017 (Open Call). Deadline for applications is 22 September. The workshop will take place between the 02 – 14 October 2017.


Ukutokobela is slang meaning 'to fiddle with', a term derives from the township's fiddling with the pre-paid electricity meters against higher rates. Meaning that the meter either stopped counting down, or even after it hit zero, the switch did not fall and electricity continued to flow. This, of course, extended to unauthorised extension supply of electricity to households (backyarders and close-by informal settlements) whom such services were yet to see the light. Here, the flow of power is interrupted and tempered with then further distributed to spaces unrecognised. Such attitude to power, whether due to circumstance or the wit of a tinkerer is the type of hactivist spirit required to participate in Ukutokobela Artists Workshop.

Workshop description

Ukutokobela is a interactive digital arts workshop for tinkerers and experimentalists with an interest in the arts. The workshop is a found objects workshop meaning that it is based on a reuse of old electronics and other found materials and objects. Whilst it is not closed off to, for this workshop, the use of open source and free software is encouraged. It is a multidisciplinary workshop between technology and art and or technology as art. Experimentation and the sharing of ideas and skill amongst participants is well within the spirit of the workshop. Thematic, the idea is to encourage the grappling with ideas or against an idea with spontaneous experimentation with objects.

For more information on this opportunity, please visit the Greatmore Studios Website.

14 Sep 2017

As an international, nonpolitical, autonomous initiative, Rybon Art Center aims to promote innovation and experimentation of art among established and emerging artists and to explore the possibilities of exchanging ideas and knowledge across ethnic, regional and artistic borders.

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