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PATAP Applications are open

Updated: Jul 16

// Deadline for the Pan-African Telematic Art Project: 20 July 2020 //

Greetings fam. I hope you are all well and ready to deal with the second half of the year. The first half has been quite crazy, but we still got 6 months to make the most out of 2020, in spite of the challenges that this pandemic continues to bring. Today we would like to share a funding opportunity that you should apply for (if you're an artist based in Africa).


"Due to Covid-19, the necessity for social distancing has forced many artists and communities to go online to both create and/or access art. This has led to a range of new developments and opportunities in a highly networked, global environment. The digital divide between those who have access to data and technology and those who don’t, however, has at the same time hindered many creatives, and has become a new barrier to overcome.


The Pan-African Telematic Art Project (PATAP) is a new initiative of the Vrystaat Kunstefees through the Pan-African Creative Exchange in partnership with the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, Ars Electronica, and the University of the Free State’s Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD). The PATAP offers artists from Africa funding to experiment with new, interactive media arts projects, dealing with issues relevant to the continent. Telematic art in this context refers to art projects that in particular use computer mediated telecommunications networks as its main medium. Work can be interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, cross-genre, community engaged and use a combination of low-fi analogue and hi-fi digital mediums.



The telematic work could include practices such as mixed reality, tactical media, digital dramaturgy, virtual reality, augmented reality, moist media, distributed authorship, sound art, real-time interaction, game-art, digital writing, transmedia and other experimental media art genres. The PATAP is generously supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through its support towards Piko/Piad. Applicants who show partnership development with other festivals or organisations essential for the delivery of the project will be highly considered. Artists based on the African continent can apply."


Selection Criteria

  1. Artistic Merit

  2. Calibre of the artists

  3. Viability of the project

  4. Extent to which the project incorporates new telematic art models of engagement

Successful projects would be required to discuss preliminary outcomes at the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE) Entangled online in August 2020, with presentation opportunities of work in progress/ new work at the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival (September 2020), Ars Electronica and the Vrystaat Arts Festival online initiative Snelstroom (October 2020). Applications close by 5PM SAST Monday 20th of July 2020, and should not exceed a total budget of R40 000. All proposals should be sent as a 2 page pdf (including a budget) to:


Thuthukani Ndlovu (PACE): tk.ndlovu@volksblad.com

Miné Kleynhans (PIAD): kleynhansm@ufs.ac.za


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