On Saturday March 11, 2017, at 11:00am, join artists Eduardo Cachucho and Babak Fakhamzadeh for an online discussion about the conceptual background and the physical application of the Dérive app.

Prior to the online discussion, you can download the Dérive app for free on iTunes HERE and Google Play HERE. In the upcoming weeks, you can also download “How To” video on Pro Arts’ website and Youtube, produced by Eduardo Cachucho and Babak Fakhamzadeh.

On March 11, from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. interested Dérive app users, will have the chance to interact with Eduardo and Babak through a live Skype broadcast. To participate, you must have a Skype address.

Please RSVP to info@proartsgallery.org by Thursday, March 9th. Directions on how to join the live Skype broadcast will be sent to you directly in reply. Space is limited. (Skype video broadcast allows for 25 participants only) so grab your online seat now!

About Dérive app

Dérive app is a simple but engaging platform that allows users to explore their urban spaces in a care-free and casual way. It takes the ideals of the Situationists and merges it with digital means in order to create a tool facilitating the exploration of urban space in a random unplanned way, as a game. Too often in urban centers we are controlled by our day to day activities thus closing off urban experiences that exist around us. Dérive app was created to try to nudge those people who are in this repetitive cycle to allow the suggestions and subjectivities of others to enter into their urban existences.

The active engagement of communities in their urban spaces unleashes in them new understanding of their urban surroundings, to open up channels of dialogue between individuals and groups through a device that makes the unpacking of urban space part of a game. The task cards that are dealt are created with the intention of heightening the experience of the city for the user, by calling them out to search for specific architectural, urban or social points of interest, thus allowing users of the application to see their urban spaces in a different light.

The New Situationists: Dérive App

The Dérive downloadable workshop (Youtube, Pro Arts website,) includes a lecture on the concept of the dérive and a walkthrough of how Dérive app implements related concepts. Participants will be asked to think about task cards that would work within their city and Oakland in particular, and relate to something unique to their city.

For The New Situationists, the video workshop will concentrate on the creation of one deck that will become ‘The Oakland deck’, with task cards that relate to the physical space of Oakland, with unique locations such as Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and the downtown area in particular.

All participants can contribute to the Oakland deck from within Dérive app, collaboratively creating, voting on, and selecting task cards as well as accompanying artwork, making the resulting product, the Oakland deck, a truly collaborative effort.

About the Artists

Eduardo Cachucho

Eduardo is an artist and architect based in Johannesburg. He is interested in how national, and trans-national, infrastructural developments can have long lasting rippling effects from their implementation. His first solo exhibition, Looking Glass: Johannesburg 2012 and 1886-1896, was presented in 2012 at GoetheonMain, Johannesburg. His works act as interventions that reinforce or put into question the idea that infrastructural developments can have long lasting, rippling, effects. Simultaneously his interest in performance and video work allow another entry-point into similar research material and works.

Another area of interest lies in the merging of new technologies with established theories and concepts as well as the possibilities of emphasising/breaking down their relevance through this juxtaposition.

Babak Fakhamzadeh

Babak was working in ICT4D before it had a name (2001) and never really left it. He brought photomarathons to Africa (2007) and won the Highway Africa new media award (2007) with Ismail Farouk. Work of his was selected to represent Uganda at the World Summit Award, twice (2011, 2012), winning the global competition in 2012 with Eduardo Cachucho. In 2016, together with Agência Pública, he won, and was a runner up for, the Prêmio Jornalístico Vladimir Herzog de Anistia e Direitos Humanos.

He’s had both joint (2007) and solo (2011) photography exhibitions and created what was probably the first mobile phone based city tour (2004) as well as what probably was the first QR-code assisted smartphone-based city tour (2009). His ‘Lorem Ipsum’ of images (2014) currently racks up about 3 million uses per month.

Pro Arts’ The New Situationists exhibition and related program of events are made possible with a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.