Dzata: The Institute of Technological Consciousness

Live lecture-performance, musical performance + film screening
Russel HLONGWANE | Gugulethu DUMA (aka DUMAMA) | Lo-Def Film Factory (Francois KNOETZE & Amy Louise WILSON)

For those interested in the intersection of art, performance, sound and technology.

Dzata: The Institute of Technological Consciousness is an artistic research project conceived by cultural producer Russel Hlongwane and artist duo Lo-Def Film Factory, that explores and reimagines local technological histories. 

One night only in Cape Town! Do not miss the South African premiere of Dzata. The event will feature a film screening and a live lecture-performance by Russel Hlongwane, who will be joined by future-folk musician Gugulethu Duma (aka Dumama) in a performance set against the backdrop of a sculptural installation crafted by Francois Knoetze.

This award-winning work has received the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology (Global Majority Award) and an Honorary Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica, the world's most prestigious art and technology festival. The Mozilla Foundation awarded the project a Creative Media Award in 2023, and it was shortlisted for the 2023 Moving Image Prize at Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin.



Russel Hlongwane is a cultural producer based in Durban, South Africa. His work obsesses over the tensions in Heritage, Modernity, Culture and Tradition as it applies to black life. His practice includes research, cultural production, design theory, writing, film and curatorship. He has shown work in extensively across Europe, Argentina, Japan and the United Arab Emirates as well as throughout South Africa. (@russel.hlongwane)

Francois Knoetze and Amy Louise Wilson formed Lo-Def Film Factory, a participatory community art-making initiative based in Cape Town, South Africa. Their work involves archival research, dramaturgy and visual strategies associated with video art, collage, sculptural installation, virtual reality and emerging media. Employing an experimental praxis which emphasizes co-creation and mistake-making, it aims to create space for video and new media storytelling.  The initiative places value on the transmission of ideas and experience over high production value. (@lodeffilms)

Gugulethu Duma (aka Dumama) is a musician / composer / sonic poet / creative producer from the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Her practice plays with the deconstruction and critique of archaic modes of representation in Southern African/African sonic and performance culture, while also composing music for herself and others. As a storyteller and lyricist she weaves together childhood songs, stories and personal memories with electronic hues and gestures, experimenting with the divide between traditional oral culture and futuristic, globally oriented poetics in her embodiment of an African technological consciousness.