By Jess Patlansky 2010 The streets of Cape Town are humming with an almost manic sense of opportunity. Everywhere you look people are making, creating and doing. There’s an energy here that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. Things are colourful and bright, big and loud, positive and confident… And if one should canvass these streets a little closer. Investigate things a little deeper; one would be pleasantly surprised at what is found at the heart of it. Spotted throughout the city are young vibrant people who, with the help of their everyday businesses, are making a substantial impact on the cities underprivileged. Twenty eight year old Stu Shapiro works in 3D animation, dealing with producing, visual effects, sculpting, modeling and compositing; a lifelong artist formerly making his mark as an exhibited painter and then a graphic designer in his younger years. His 3D skills have been sought after both here and abroad. Shapiro is also an amazing photographer who is launching his own business right here in the Mother City. 3D photo reference.com, human textures, is a new rising company specializing in a photographic service for the film and gaming industry to create photo-real game and movie characters [Read more...]
CREATE ART | BURNING STRUCTURES | COSTUME | PERFORMANCE | THEME CAMPS | MUSIC It’s been 6 days since I returned from Afrika Burns. Six days filled with mixed emotions, from euphoria to uncertainty and sadness. That’s why I’ve taken so long to blog about my experiences at Afrika Burns. I don’t want them to be influenced by the emotions I’ve been through. But now, back in the full swing of life, I feel I’m ready to share my experiences and thoughts on the temporary community which existed in the Tankwa Karoo.
In collaboration with the Red Bull Studio, the CTEMF presents a series of open info-sessions and workshops, which aim to illuminate the complex and fascinating South African music industry with a focus on the Electronic Music scene. The key speakers come from all corners of the diverse SA music world, from artists to those behind the scenes, and each carry with them a combination of unique expertise and unbridled knowledge. The sessions will be hosted by Red Bull Studio manager, Richard Rumney, at the Studio during the week leading up to the CTEMF and will be free for anyone to attend. The sessions will also be a lead-up to the deadline for applications for the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), the Monday after CTEMF. The RBMA is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals: a platform for those who shape our musical future and key inspiration behind the CTEMF Workshop / Info-Sessions. Those attending the workshops and info session will be given more information about how to apply for the RBMA throughout the week.