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-6 I've been trying to get hold of these guys for a while now, and they've finally launched after a much anticipated wait. Check out Fanakalo.co.za for more details on this design studio out of Stellenbosch.
Fanakalo is a pidgin language in which two or more parties communicate over restrictive barriers in a descriptive manner. For example: a bat is a: 'pikanien fligh machine ka lo nightshift'. A zebra is: 'donkey ka lo football jersey'. And a piano: 'big black box. many teeth. you hit them they cry. you hit them they cry...'
nollywoodthompson Studio83 alerted us to these amazing images by the renowned South African photographer Pieter Hugo. The press release for the series reads:
Nollywood is said to be the third largest film industry in the world, releasing onto the home video market approximately 1 000 movies each year. Such abundance is possible since films are realized in conditions that would make most of the western independent directors cringe. Movies are produced and marketed in the space of a week: low cost equipment, very basic scripts, actors cast the day of the shooting, “real life” locations. Despite the improvised production process, they continue to fascinate audiences. In Africa, Nollywood movies are a rare instance of self-representation in the mass media. The continent has a rich tradition of story-telling that has been expressed abundantly through oral and written fiction, but has never been conveyed through the mass media before. Movies tell stories that appeal to and reflect the lives of its public: stars are local actors; plots confront the viewer with familiar situations of romance, comedy, witchcraft, bribery, prostitution. The narrative is overdramatic, deprived of happy endings, tragic. The aesthetic is loud, violent, excessive; nothing is said, everything is shouted. In his travels through West Africa, Hugo has been intrigued by this distinct style in constructing a fictional world where everyday and unreal elements intertwine. By asking a team of actors and assistants to recreate Nollywood myths and symbols as if they were on movie sets, Hugo initiated the creation of a verisimilar reality. His vision of the film industry’s interpretation of the world results in a gallery of hallucinatory and unsettling images. The tableaux of the series depict situations clearly surreal but that could be real on a set; furthermore, they are rooted in the local symbolic imaginary. The boundaries between documentary and fiction become very fluid, and we are left wondering whether our perceptions of the real world are indeed real. Words by Federica Angelucci
More photos after the jump.

Today we're interviewing Ace Swart who is the publisher of Vice Magazine in South Africa. If you don't know Vice Magazine, it might be best to do a little research first! They are probably one of the best established underground (if you could still call...

Hello Computer Office Photos We're starting a new feature on Between 10 and 5 called Office Photo's where we feature office photo's of all the contributors to the site. There are a couple of other sites doing similar stuff, most notably Officesnapshots.com and more locally Bandwidth Blog as well. The photo's you'll see here will only be related to creative industry offices, plus we'll throw in the odd freelancer here and there. Today we're featuring office photos from Hello Computer, a digital agency in Cape Town. We've featured quite a number of their work before, now you get to see what their offices look like.
Vodacom has launched a new campaign (Player 23) to target the enthusiastic rugby fans for the Super 14. It features a rugby fan called Jan, the 23rd player, who's following his daily routine - but with the team following him around and trying to be exactly like him. Besides the hilarious TV ads, Vodacom also has a website where fans can download their own lockers and personalise them by adding their names, pictures and favourite teams. Fans can also download all the latest news on the Super 14 and other rugby mobile content to personalise their phones via the mobile element. You can read the entire press release on Bizcommunity. DraftFCB and ClickThinking was responsible for the concept and production of the PLayer23 Campaign. What we're very interested in is the tight integration between above the line (there is an enormous amount of print and TV exposure) and the way that has tied in with Mobile, and the desktop. This is the first mainstream application we've seen that uses Adobe Air for the desktop, and pretty tight mobile integration. The main advantages of a platform like Adobe Air is that you develop your app once, and it can be deployed to OSX or Windows, plus you have the added benefit of having free reign by using Flash, and the runtime brings the package size down quite considerably. 10and5 is hoping to get a case study out of the guys responsible for the campaign! We're hoping to get a case study out of the guys who produced the entire campaign - it would be very interesting to see what their findings were and how successful the Player 23 campaign was when it comes to and end.

Originally via:  Marklives!com. Kind Pockets, Richard Hart’s debut solo exhibition opens at Whatiftheworld in Cape Town this February during the week of Design Indaba. Hart is best known as the creative force behind Disturbance, the highly acclaimed Durban based design studio that was recently featured on...

The other day it hit me that I really didn't know who produced the Bakers Biscuits TV Commercial. It was pretty easy to find who did the production on it - BlackGinger.tv is responsible for the production of the video and the entire commercial was designed and directed by Shy the Sun for Ogilvy,Johannesburg. Apart from the Happiness Factory resemblance, the video might look familiar if you've seen the stuff done by the (now defunct?) Black Heart Gang, who are in actual fact also the same people as BlackGinger! Weird aint it... But it makes for some pretty amazing work! Full credits are after the click through. Also, if you are keen to check out some "Behind the Scenes" footage, check out Darrin Hofmeyr's blog.
f1000029 There's creativity outside of 'citylisation'. Living proof hereof is our featured freelance photographer Gretha Louw. Armed old-school with only a role of film and a tender eye for nature her photography depicts the nostalgic calmness and contentment that is stereotypically associated with the countryside. Previously from Pofadder she now spends her free time capturing all that is simple and beautiful around the Overberg to produce wistful photography to remind us…
T.I.T.E.S. brings the cutting edge of themed Electro Punk to a crowd that has been starved of a good dance for far too long. These bi-monthly parties reinvent the rave, incorporating elements of electronic music and video art hosted in eclectic spaces. Presented by HAEZER producer and DJ, these T.I.T.E.S. events make the electro scene more accessible, focusing on only the highest caliber of electro DJ's, to the likes of HAEZER, DJ Lapse, Phil Kramer (Battle beyond the Stars), Alex, The Sound, Codec and Birdlife DJ's. Artdirected and designed by Hanno van Zyl and Arno Krüger with development done by Shapeshift Interactive - the T.I.T.E.S look and feel was created by visually mixing electro with punk. When development started on the web interface, the focus was on creating a simple accessible interface which would instantly communicate a look that would be connected to electronic music, using pixilated bitmaps and referencing outdated computer interfaces. By animating various glitch and distortion filters or just "mashing it up" the punk look was added. In using an XML database with Flash, it is now possible to dynamically update the allready compiled flash file with new mp3's, photos and video content as T.I.T.E.S continue. The result adds to the idea of no holds barred electro, which fragments, unifies and collages multiple genres of music into an stupefyingly monumental dance experience. The second edition of  T.I.T.E.S is to be held at Assembly, Cape Town the 27th of february so book your tickets before it gets sold out.
[image title="sticker-pole-jam" size="full" id="952" align="center" ] Skull Boy has got some sick illustration and wheatpaste work up in Durban. We love his style and think you should check out more of his work below. After you've done that, check out his Flickr page.
[image title="levis-painting" size="full" id="936" align="center" ] Daniel Ting Chong keeps his work visible on his Flickr site. He's done some awesome work for some big name clients and is currently employed by The President. He was recently also featured in OneSmallSeed, as well as having done some amazing stuff for Adidas, Sportscene. He currently has quite a number of works up at ArtJamming in Wembley Square.

[image title="Age Verification" size="full" id="881" align="center" alt="Age Verification" ] When the lights go out where do they go to? Savanna is all about being tactical, dynamic, topical and relevant. Because of the fun, quirky nature of Savanna’s brand communications, in the past consumers have gone as...

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