Katty Vandenberghe & Chris Diedericks (RSA)

  • Katty Vandenberghe
  • Interview/survey for JIP – JavaMuseum Interview Project
    Celebrate! – netart features 2010 – 10 Years JavaMuseum

    is a new media creative and educator. As a digital artist she has participated in animation projects such as the embroidered Journey to Freedom animations for the UNISA centenary celebrations in 2004. In 2005 she helped co-ordinate and participated in the Ansisters Creative Constellation Festival held at Constitution Hill with digitally manipulated video artworks such as her Three Women portrait series. She also built the online Ansisters Constellation website at www.face.org.za. Her other creative forum is the internet, where she collaborates with artists such as Janine Lewis, exploring the online performance Anima/Animus (www.janinelewis.com) in 2005. In 2006 she started collaborating on Indigo Boy with Chris Diedericks (www.chrisdiedericks.co.za/indigoboy/). Her passion includes all digital media and, in particular, her collaborations with other artists in bringing their work and creative ideas to the internet (www.annisnyman.co.za, www.chrisdiedericks.co.za). In 2007 she was part of, and helped compile The Moving Image Art Exhibition which showed at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, as well as the privately owned Golden Eye theatre in Somerset West, Cape Town. As an animator she is part of a small band of Pretoria animators who gather casually on a regular basis to exchange ideas, information, inspiration and animations. In 2002 and 2003 she was part of the New Channels digital art exhibitions. In 2003 her video animation, The Knight, was selected for the New Signatures Sasol exhibition. In 2002, after twelve years of working as a graphic designer, she started lecturing in creative process, digital creation and graphic design at Vega Brand Communications, Johannesburg. Katty was born in Belgium in 1966 and immigrated to South Africa along with her family at the age of three. Updated 13 March 2007.

  • Chris Diedericks
  • Fine Arts Cum Laude graduate from the University of Potchefstroom, Christiaan Diedericks has created an extensive body of work over the years. He went on to complete his Masters in Fine Arts with a practical Cum Laude at the University of Pretoria in 2000.

    Diedericks has exhibited extensively throughout Southern Africa, as well as internationally. His work has been exhibited in France, where he has lived and worked six times at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. After receiving the prestigious Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, Diedericks has also lived and worked in New York City for four months in 2006. Chris is showing new work (in collaboration with Dianne Heesom Green) at the Gallery 5+5 in December 2007. Diedericks, amongst his many achievements, has also been awarded a residency at Gallery 24 in Berlin for 2008.

    Diedericks has received numerous awards for his work, including coveted awards such as the Kanna Award for Best Visual Artist at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in 2006. He has also been given numerous grants over a broad spectrum, which range from a NAC International bursary for workshops in non-toxic printmaking in 1999 from the Grande Prairie Regional College in Alberta, Canada, to being chosen to appear on the 13th “The Apprentice” on SABC 3 in Johannesburg in 2005.

    According to Diedericks, his latest works focus specifically on masculinity. “I have tried to overlay images, emotions, feelings and sensations iconically in textured juxtapositions of visual experiences. These concepts are coalesced and separated continuously in my work. As an artist working in almost all visual art media, specifically my interest in photography, mixed media and digital and traditional printmaking are explored in my most current expression.

    Katty Vandenberghe and Chris Diedericks
    participate in
    NewMediaFest2007 – DIGITAL MEDIA Valencia 2008
    JavaMuseum – Forum for Internet Technology in Contemporary Art
    net.NET – netart features I-V
    curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne