08 Sep The 4th Annual A MAZE. International Games and Playful Media Festival Hits Joburg
Joburg, the 4th International Games and Playful Media Festival otherwise known as A MAZE. is here! The fun and games officially kick off tomorrow and carry on well into the weekend until Saturday, 12 September.
A MAZE. is a Berlin based brand in the field of indie games and gaming culture, whose signature feature is interdisciplinary, game-centred events. Since 2013 A MAZE. / Johannesburg has formed part of the Fak’ugesi Festival and, in partnership with Wits Digital Arts, brings cultural and knowledge exchange on an international level for the pan African independent games and digital arts scene in Jozi.
This year A MAZE. is once again welcoming African and international game developers, digital artists, forward thinkers, entrepreneurs and digital activists to share their tools, skills and ideas. The four day program is comprised of a series of workshops, talks, parties and a games arcade.
Over 40 international and African game developers, media artists, makers, researchers, coders, forward thinkers and musicians form the speaker line-up. On Thursday Regina Luki will speak about new ways of thinking about education and games with her venture, Educade, and Muema Masyuko will share his thoughts on gaming in Africa with a talk titled “Days of Future Past”. Talks on Friday include Rick Treeweek’s insights on 3D printing and how it can change the way games are made and Ben Rausch on “The Shape of Punk to Come”. Saturday starts with a roundtable on the SA games industry and ends with Adebayo Adegbembo’s reflections on gamification and how it’s raising awareness about our indigenous African cultures.
The main A MAZE. exhibition presents a showcase of African and European culture, artistic games and media experiences. Technology is used as a playground for creative expression and to bring about experimental interaction with audiences that lead to critical reflection. Additionally, a series of workshops cover game-making for beginners, effects and styles achievable with post-processing in games and implementing cross device interactions.
As another offshoot of the festival, the Super Friendship Arcade team are hosting SFA MAZE – their first experimental videogames party in Joburg – at Kalashnikovv on Friday night followed by an afterparty at Kitcheners once the Arcade closes. And finally, to end A MAZE. 2015 off with a bang, the Jump ‘n Run closing party is happening at The Alexander Theatre on Saturday night with music by Zuko Collective, Zharp Zharp, DJ Storno, Thor Rixon and C418 and, on the games front, Gang Beasts, Line Wobbler, Happy Hockey and Johann Sebastian Joust.