Advisors

Hanli Geyser

Hanli Geyser is both a lecturer in Game Design and a PhD candidate at the Wits School of Arts. Her research and teaching interests are diverse, spanning many areas of popular cultural production. She is primarily fascinated by the conjunction between visual arts and narrative texts found in hypertext fiction, games, comic books and film.

Joseph Gaylard

Joseph Gaylard is a Johannesburg-based arts manager and researcher whose core interest lies in the development of public space as a creative material. He was extensively involved in a series of creative projects developed by the Joubert Park Project in the inner city of Johannesburg between 2002 and 2009. Joseph was involved in the establishment of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), which he currently directs on a part-time basis. He is also a board member of the Arts and Culture Trust and the Keleketla! Media Art Project.

Katharina v. Ruckteschell

Dr. Katharina von Ruckteschell was born 1962 in Bonn/Germany. She grew up in Asia and after that studied Comparative Literature, Art History und Germanic Studies (1982 – 87) in Bonn. While making her PhD she worked as an assistant professor at the university. 1990 she started working for the Goethe-Institut. Her first post abroad was in Moskau. After 5 years she moved to Bangkok where she was the director of the institute there. The next step was going back to Germany - to headquarters in Munich. Since July 2008 she is the director of the Goethe-Institut South Africa in Johannesburg and head of the region sub-Saharan Africa, coordinating 11 institutes, 3 liaison offices and 9 Goethe-Centers.

Lukasz Pater

Lukasz Pater was born in Poland in 1978 and emigrated with his family in 1982, arriving in South Africa in 1984. Having finished his schooling at the Johannesburg National School of the Arts, he went on to complete a National Diploma in Graphic Design at the Wits Technikon in 1998, a diploma in Animation at CityVarsity in Cape Town in 2001, a B-Tech Degree in Multimedia at the University of Johannesburg in 2004 and an MA Dramatic Arts at Wits University in 2010. He has worked as a lecturer in the Multimedia Department at the University of Johannesburg since 2003 and doubles as a freelance animator, illustrator and video artist.

Marcus Neustetter

Johannesburg based artist, cultural activist and producer, Marcus Neustetter, reflects critically and playfully on his context through his art and collaborative projects. His strategy has been to pro-actively create, play and experiment to build opportunities and experiences that investigate, reflect and provoke. Mostly process driven, his production of art at the intersection of art, science and technology has led him to work in a multi-disciplinary approach from conventional drawings to permanent and temporary site specific installations, mobile and virtual interventions and socially engaged projects internationally. In the past 15 years Marcus Neustetter has been consistently producing and exhibiting art and, in partnership with Stephen Hobbs, has been active with The Trinity Session and in their collaborative capacity as Hobbs/Neustetter.

Pippa Tschabalala

Pippa is the former presenter of South Africa's first local television show, The Verge and an internationally syndicated show PlayR. She is also a former Wits University Digital Animation lecturer and is currently working in the television industry as a creative. She writes for South Africa's premier gaming magazine, NAG and is actively involved in the local gaming community. She holds a BA degree in Fine Arts and an MA in Fine Arts (Digital Animation) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her art and research are both heavily influenced by videogames and she has a love for all things comic book and videogame related.