First VJ Workshop at Wits Digital Arts

First VJ Workshop at Wits Digital Arts
Workshop participant, Andrew Wessels with Michele Dykes at the live VJing performances at the conclusion of the workshop.

Workshop participant, Andrew Wessels, with workshop leader, Michele Dykes.

Michele Dykes, a Wits Digital Arts Animation MA alumni, returned to Digital Arts this March to run a two-day VJ workshop on Friday 6th – Saturday 7th for students and anyone else interested in exploring this growing field of practice and experimentation.

Michele has been developing a reputation as a VJ and projection-mapping artist in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Under the name VJ Fantasmagoria, Michele has been performing at live music events, dance clubs, parties and product launches.  She has also participated in several international festivals of live visualisation.

Wits Digital Arts Animation student, and VJ worshop participant, Tanya Bleiser, presenting her style of animation-based VJing at Cabanga, Randburg.

Wits Digital Arts Animation student, and VJ workshop participant, Tanya Bleiser, presenting her style of animation-based VJing at Cabanga, Randburg.

Students on the workshop were taught basic content creation techniques, including animation and live-action for VJing. They were also introduced to the interface and features of the popular VJing software, Resolume Arena K. Over the course of a Friday afternoon and night going into the following Saturday the students prepared for a practical live performance on Saturday evening at a public event at Cabanga in Randburg.

The screens and VJ + DJ set up at Cabanga Club, Randburg.

The screens and VJ + DJ set up at Cabanga Club, Randburg.

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