A Vocabulary for Vernacular Algorithms

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  • A Vocabulary for Vernacular Algorithms

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  • At the heart of the debate where digital is assumed as a product of the West, KwaZulu-Natal presents an interesting body of works that contribute to the growing evidence that Africa has been an active agent of coded practice for much longer than has been recorded by the West and at times shows a deeply entrenched use of binaries through rich patterns, beadwork and localised subversive language.

    Aligned to an exhibition of Zulu beadwork and cultural artifacts with a view to understand a lexicon of the Zulu people, this is an intimate exploratory conversation to take place around the beadwork and weaving collection of Durban Art Gallery between Hlengiwe Dube (wireworker and curator), Gcina Mhlophe (writer and storyteller) from KwaZulu-Natal, Lindiwe Mtlali (tech educator and entrepreneur) and Tegan Bristow (Festival Director, artist, and educator) from Fak’ugesi Festival in Gauteng.     fakugesi.co.za

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