Past Digital Residencies

Discover past residencies from the Guest Projects Digital programme. Conceived in response to the global Covid crisis of 2020 Guest Projects Digital is a means of continuing to support multidisciplinary artists by providing access to digital and online resources regardless of physical and cultural barriers to collaboration and experimentation.

Digital Residency 2021: Steloolive

Steloolive is a Ghanaian performance artist who works and lives in Accra, Ghana. Known as a sound and Electronic Music DJ, Steloolive’s body of work consists of a mixture of experimental sound performances, fashion, art, and photography. In 2018, Steloolive worked with Dr. Katharina Fink which he further explored on his Smell of the City in a Soundscape where he presented a listening performance and a visual presentation of his smell findings installation in the city centre.

Digital Residency 2021: Djofray Makumbu

Djofray Makumbu is a British Congolese artist born and based in East London. He often works with friends and family when making his work which draws on his personal experiences and that of the people close to him. Recent works have focused on the shame and stigma of mental health difficulties, the pressures and violence of inner-city life from the perspective of young people and the joy of music and dancing. Makumbu loves to mix up different techniques combining stop motion animation, video footage, hand-drawn and painted elements in moving image sometimes presented alongside live performances such as dance or scripted scenes. Each element in the work is carefully self-made from hand-built sets and hand-stitched garments for Claymation characters set to soundtracks that are developed closely with Makumbu's brother.

Artist in Focus 2021: Baff Akoto

Raised in London and Accra, Baff Akoto is a conceptual artist whose practice spans VR, AR, motion graphics, performance and cinema.  

His work embraces the fluidity of visual grammar and is concerned with notions of plurality, (self) perceptions and the societal implications of human bodily movement (disability, ritual, dance).   

Most recently Akoto's practice explores the artistic potential of Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies as he interrogates how the digital revolution might avoid the same prejudices, exclusions and inequalities which arose from our industrial and colonial eras.

Artist in Focus 2021: Denyse Gawu-Mensah

Denyse Gawu-Mensah, is a female artist currently living and working in Ghana. A natural-born adventurer, she spends a lot of her time exploring and immersing herself in new experiences. When she isn’t out exploring, the artist’s wild imagination serves as the springboard for her creations. She believes curiosity and wonder is what fuels her wild imagination.

Gawu-Mensah is a member of the “Asafo Black” art collective. Together they have participated internationally in exhibitions like the Stellenbosch Triennale in South Africa and have held their own local exhibitions in Ghana. She has also exhibited in events hosted by institutions such as the 2020 Ake Arts and Book festival hosted in Nigeria.

Artist in Focus 2021: Akwasi Bediako Afrane

Akwasi Bediako Afrane (b. 1990) is a Ghanaian artist living and working in Kumasi, Ghana. His works explore the idea of augmentation and extensions between technological gadgets and humans. He works with discarded electronic gadgets which he refers to as “amputees”. He refashions and repurposes these amputees into machines and micro-organisms he describes as “TRONS”, that become potential platforms and media for reflection, engagement and interactions around the globe through varied available physical and virtual platforms. So, these TRONS are created physically, and also converted into digital models, allowing for experimentations in V.R, A.R, Video, animation, and Gaming technologies.

Guest Projects Digital 2021

An exciting cohort of emerging creative practitioners from Africa and its Diaspora join the second edition of the Guest Projects Digital residency programme. The 2021 artists include Akwasi Bediako Afrane, Baff Akoto, Denyse Gawu-Mensah, Djofray Makumbu, Ayanfe Olarinde and Steloolive. This project is generously supported by the British Council SSA Arts Digital Catalyst Fund, which supports UK and overseas cultural partnerships to develop digitally innovative ways of collaborating.

A Fabricator's Tale

A Fabricator’s Tale is a digital exhibition that brings together 10 artists who are the fabricators behind the intricately painted classical figures and sewn quilts of Yinka Shonibare CBE. While the artists presented here exhibit varied and strikingly disparate practices, through their shared experience as fabricators at Guest Projects their work collides and intertwines to form a brief moment of unity. While the aim of this exhibition is to showcase the individual practices of each fabricator, it is underpinned by a collective sense of what it means to work toward a common goal, to unite breadth of skill and in many ways to relinquish artistic autonomy. We hope that this group presentation will foreground the range of expertise and heterogeneous practices of each artist as well as unearth unexpected connections between their work.

Guest Projects Digital Film Festival

Guest Projects Digital is thrilled to present its first Digital Film Festival running from 26th - 28th January 2021.

The featured shorts have been curated based on their propensity to address issues surrounding migration, mobility and crisis with artist film works revisited and considered in relation to the crises of today. As the world grapples with an ecological disaster, economic degradation, disease, contagion, corruption and poverty we explore how the prevalence of these issues in everyday life continues to evolve.

Graveyard of Ideas

‘Graveyard of Ideas’ is a virtual space dedicated to the harnessing of failures. It is a project that explores which kind of possibilities would be unlocked if the failure was not considered as a barrier but actually, as a window into values that we’d prefer to live by.

London Alternative Photography Collective: The Sustainable Darkroom

The Sustainable Darkroom is an artist-run research, training and mutual learning programme, to equip cultural practitioners with new skills and knowledge to develop an environmentally friendly photographic darkroom practice.

Taking its form in publications, residencies, workshops, talks, symposiums and training sessions. The group intends to lead a movement in challenging the environmental impact and sustainability of darkroom practices.

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