Monday, 20 February 2012

Johannesburg calling.

A MAZE. calling.

We are seeking for curious, playful and adventurous artists and indie game developers from the sub Saharan region to participate in A MAZE. Interact 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A MAZE. Interact is an experimental and visionary media art festival, which will take place from 29th of August to the 2nd of September in several locations in Braamfontein, Downtown Johannesburg.

Since 2008 A MAZE. is celebrating the convergence of games, art and society. It is a series of events as well as a conceptual format that offers a regularly emerging platform for interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange. Creatives are encouraged to break down the conventional computer game and surpass established digital or analog concepts of play.

The goal of the A MAZE. Interact Festival in Johannesburg in South Africa in 2012 is to create an annual platform for African and European media artists and game developers. A MAZE. Interact targets the collaboration between artists and the exchange on an artistic, academic and cultural level.

Besides a general interest in the broader field of Gaming and Playing, contributions by the selected artists towards one or several of the allocated modules are very welcome.

The exhibition will show artistic computer games, interactive and playful installations, video documentations of public intervention and games.
The conference focuses on the topics "Mobility, Public Space, Games and Play".
The workshops teach practises of engineering by using open source tools for artistic approaches.
*Public Gaming/ Interventions:
Playful game concepts with amazing and wired rule sets which engages interaction in the public and focuses on social and economical issues.
Performative interventions, music or dance performances, using electronics and micro-controllers in public/ stage, mixing music with realtime visuals, circuit bending.

A MAZE. provides the playground. You are welcome to play with this enviroment and make this festival to a powerful game/ platform for social/media critical discourse with international participants and publicity. Please check us out at and contact me

The call is open from February 16, 2012 till June 1, 2012.

Our partners are Goethe Institute Johannesburg, Witwatersrand University, University of Johannesburg, Praekelt Foundation, VANSA, Trinity Session, Transmediale, CIANT, Coded Culture.

The A MAZE. team and I am looking forward getting in contact with you and your artistic outcome.

All the best,

Thorsten S. Wiedemann, A MAZE. festival director