Re-Imagining Street Art

Projection by Rebecca Smith at the Albany Museum. Photo: Ncebakazi Ntsokota/Cue

Transforming spaces using light, colour and projections. Urban Projections is about using digital media, to create artworks or installations that are then projected onto various canvases. It is about transforming buildings such as the Albany Museum or any space. A building that you probably walk past on a daily basis and would pay no attention too, but on this particular night you would because there is a huge orange cat projected on it.

For three days festival goers have been enthralled with urban projections workshops during the day from artist Rebecca Smith.

Thanks to a mounted projector, I-pad and a bicycle powered by boat battery, audiences get the chance to experience street art. These works are like graffiti; however they are not permanent rather digital; making them accessible to anyone.

“The projections are sometimes planned based on the buildings history or heritage, but most of the time they are unplanned, based on the vibe from the audience,” says Smith.

The urban projections are about enhancing the buildings and working with the architecture that is already there.

The most intriguing aspect about these projections is the involvement that audiences have in what is being projected.

“It’s about transforming and surprising audiences,” says Smith. It’s about re-imagining and recreating spaces and making them amazing.

Sungeni Karonga an assistant to Smith for the festival duration commented on how these workshops do not necessarily need you to be good in art, but rather it’s about going with what you feel, letting your fingers do the talking. It’s really about the experience and seeing how you can re-imagine your own space, using digital media even during National Arts Festival.

By Ncebakazi Ntsokota