As new technologies are being invented, new kinds of contents appear with new aesthetics and new structures of knowledge. Referring to existing project happening in South Africa, we will discuss the impact of new technologies on content: how much do new technologies reshape existing material and how much do they create new kind of content. From the case of archive to the case of contemporary art pieces, passing by the retransmission of classical music concert; artists, searchers and VR specialists will debate around the conceptual pair shape/content, in the context of the outbreak of new technologies.
On March 17 2016, the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) officially handed over to South Africa the latest batch of digitised audio files from the Rivonia Trial- during which
Nelson Mandela and some of his ANC comrades were sentenced to life in prison. As of today, the dictabelts (flexible vinyl cylinders that hold the recordings of the Rivonia Trial) are being restored and digitised in the frame of a skills transfer program between INA and the Republic of South Africa. This example constitutes our starting point to look at the manner in which new technologies reshape old contents, questioning the concept of restoration as well as accessibility.
In a different way, the project Mozart 360 that will be showing in South Africa in the frame of the Mozart festival, allow us to approach the question of the interpretation of sound and music through new technologies. Mozart 360 proposes to immerse each spectator in a classical orchestra that performs Mozart in the Flamboyant Gothic Cathedral of Saint-Omer (in France). In order to do so, the project uses Virtual Reality technologies with 3D spatial sound, giving a new proposition in terms of the retransmission of classical music, focusing on the spectator’s experience.
Following the theme of art and new technologies, the example of Banele Khoza’s art gives an insight regarding the exploration of new technologies as new ways of creating. Banele Khoza who draws directly on digital tablets, looks into new technologies as new art processes.
New technologies offer new aesthetics and creatives features and in this way arouse public interest.
This Nuit des idées will be driven by these three examples. Thus, before the debate starts, the public will be able to listen to some extracts of the Rivonia Trial, to experience Mozart 360 and to look at Banele Khoza’s art piece. The display of these three different projects will be the first encounter of the public with the matter of the debate.
Four persons and one moderator will then take part in the debate. Sarah Bruchhausen, archive researcher, will approach the question of the restauration of the archives of the Rivonia Trial; Blandine Berthelot, co-director of the project Mozart 360 and musicologist will present her point of view concerning the use of new technologies for sound and music; Ingrid Kopp, co-director at Electric South will give us a specific insight on VR and Banele Khosa will present his personal way of using digital medium in an art process. Sakina Kamwendo, who is an award-winning radio presenter, will moderate the debate with all the discernment and energy for which she is known.
The evening will start at 5:30pm, giving time for the audience to experience the three projects that will be displayed. The debate will start at 7pm, followed by a Q&A at 8pm.
Banele Khoza, Visual artist, Gerard Sekoto award winner
Blandine Bethelot, Musicologist, co-writer of Mozart 360
Sarah Bruchhausen, Archive researcher at WITS