Life is a trail of numeric steps and calculations, which is manifested and felt through shapes, sizes, colours and sounds. This and more are revealed throughout Novembre Numérique, an ongoing joint exhibition at Kigali’s L’ESPACE.
The exhibition brings together 12 artists drawn from Kenya, Rwanda, France and Democratic Republic of Congo, who displayed their skills through crafts.
Unlike before, where the digital creation was highlighted through various projects — ranging from an on-ground day to month-long programmes — Kigali’s L’ESPACE hosted it in quite a unique mode.
On entry into space, one is guided first to access and login into the free WIFI, before downloading Artivive and Eye-Jack, which we later learnt are both applications to facilitate identification of most of the works on display.
With a display of unique forms of digital creations; from abstract video animation, digital art, sound spatialisation, graphical performing arts, which exchange ideas, movies, backed by sound, each artist holds a specialty.
Multi-talented artist Natacha Muziramakena’s craft is a fusion of poetry and abstract motion images on a screen, dubbed Prefix represents a loop in time, reciprocity, her belief in transformation.
Cheryl Isheja uses video and sounds to explore the theme of expression through a graphical dance video.
While DRC’s Peter Kamele graphically takes any reveller to an animative exploration of life by depicting the movement of the population as influenced by natural disasters like wars.
Kenya’s Nelson Ijakaa introduces a unique technique in the display of craft.
His image transfer and mixed media art, which seemingly appear as ancient photography and pays tribute to the lives of the common people. Images captured are of especially activities on streets, of people who contribute much towards the daily welfare of society but barely taken note of.
Antoine Izere’s print on wood art dubbed Indoro, is a portrait of a face, with open eyes. Through the look, more can be learnt; from feel, touch, love, miseries, happiness, fear, depicting the reality of how the look is a window to humanity.
Florian Konate, who is known for Gonzy’s works as projected on-screen takes one to ponder. The France based Chorographer, dancer, beatmaker, rapper, entrepreneur, and Deejay introduces beApad, an art form which encompasses live experimental exhibition of making beats using body movements.
Illustrators Robert Muhire with painting ‘No Bad Vibes’ and ‘Power Cut,’ and Isaac Irumva, who holds three untitled paintings on wood experiments courage through his craft. With the use of a mobile phone; these transform to live animations, while MDD’s dimensional graphical motion video represents healing, and how it requires the gather of courage.
Organised by the Kigali’s Institut français in partnership with gathering around digital cultures and this year it with Maison Beaulier, Africa in Colors, and the Rwanda Arts Initiative, this exhibition further serves as concrete evidence of how Artists can and are gradually taping into the virtual platforms.