The invention of the computer in the 1930s and its increased use and availability in the 1950s lead to a quick augmentation of its usage by artists as well. The first exhibitions that used digital technology as an essential part of their creative and presentation process took place in the US and Germany in the 1960s – thus the field of digital art was born.
Today digital art has evolved past solely being on computer screens to being embodied in many diverse forms as can be observed in our everyday computerised gadgets, hence making it very easy for digital artists to use technology to reach, touch and influence people from all walks of life via the digital art they create.
The Goethe-Institut Kenya, in collaboration with iHub, is currently working on a digital art project and has invited two experts from Germany, Johannes Helberger and Johannes Timpernagel. Johannes Helberger, born 1980 in Frankfurt, Germany, creates music, sound and interactive installations for spaces, art, movies, interactive media, dance and theatre. Using sensorial technologies, he and his colleagues from kling klang klong are researching on different approaches of movement-reactive and interactive sound and music in space. Johannes Timpernagel was born in 1985 in Halle, Germany, and has been working as a freelance designer since 2007.
In 2011, he co-founded schnellebuntebilder, a studio for animation and interaction located in Berlin. Their handmade, generative and interactive design is used in museums, short films and performance art where physical movement becomes a visual language, rhythms become structures, empty rooms are filled with projections and grey facades are utilised by light. The two artists will hold a lecture on the digital art scene in Germany on Thursday, the 9th of July 2015, at Goethe Institut, Maendeleo House along Monrovia Street.
Entrance is free and open to anybody willing to attend. The event starts at 6.00 PM, EAT.
The panel will also include a Kenyan digital artist and will cover topics involving artists beyond digital art scenes in the two countries.
Update; An earlier version of this piece stated that the event will be starting at 4. 00pm. Please note the event starts at 6.00pm. We are sorry for any inconveniences that might have come from the confusion.