[ISEA2018] Artist Statement: Ofentse Letebele — Anima

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Anima explores the individual space of the unconscious mind of the male. This seemingly dormant part of the mind is the feminine principle, and lies constantly active based on Jungian theories. Through the abstraction of pixels, the artist attempts to simulate and animate the metamorphosis of the relation between the conscious and the unconscious in its transcendental chaos. The simulation is further accompanied by trance inducing tribal chants that are multi layered to express and trigger the unconscious mind. Within the context of Batswana people and Bantu people at large, a man’s sensitivity must often lie repressed. Due to this conventional outward composure, the inwardly directed anima becomes one of the most significant complexities in its autonomy. The feminine unconscious carries important psychological qualities within a man, and thus creates the necessary balance of archetypical consciousness.   vimeo.com/138295601

  • Ofentse Letebele is a young multidisciplinary artist who goes by the the pseudonym “King Debs”. Ofentse specializes in multimedia and public art after attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Design and Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2010. His current work illustrates his profound interest for scriptoria, handstyles and indigenous ideographics. Ofentse won the nationwide BOS Ice Tea Design-a-can competition in 2015, and in 2014, he was a finalist in the World Design Capital public art competition for his ‘AMANDLA’ fist sculpture. As a multimedia artist, Ofentse is accustomed to using different media ranging from surrealist digital art, graffiti, mural art, sound design, and is looking to venture into deep machine learning.