The first contemporary art museum in West Africa is putting the tiny country of Benin on the art map. The free museum, called the Zinsou Museum, is in the small town of Ouidah – often called the birthplace of voodoo. (Image © Jean Dominique Burton, The Eye of Photography)3 April 2014Contemporary African art is carving a niche in the West African town of Ouidah, Benin. Known more for its slave trade and voodoo roots, the region is starting to draw visitors more interested in the arts and culture. It is also offering a space for expatriate artists to show their work at home for the first time.Read more on Media club South Africa: Benin gallery keeps African art in Africa
14 May 2014The government has welcomed Business Unity South Africa’s (Busa’s) post-election pledge to support the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP).The NDP is the country’s 30-year growth and development framework for growing the economy while tackling unemployment, poverty and inequality.Following the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) victory with a 62% majority in South Africa’s fifth democratic election, President Jacob Zuma said on the weekend that the new administration would give the green light to implementing the NDP and promoting inclusive economic growth and job creation.On Monday, Busa, South Africa’s largest business lobby group, said it was ready to help the government with implementing the NDP. Busa acting CEO Cas Coovadia said business needed to identify “concrete” programmes within the NDP that it could start implementing.In response, acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Phumla Williams said on Tuesday that a high degree of collaboration between business and the government was needed for the NDP’s success.“The pledge by Busa is a step in the right direction to realising Vision 2030,” Williams said, adding: “This is the country’s blueprint, and not only government’s initiative. All citizens should embrace Vision 2030 and work together to grow our economy and improve the lives of South Africans.”Rating agency Moody’s said on Tuesday that the ANC’s decisive victory in last week’s general election was “credit positive” for South Africa, as it cleared the way for the government to push ahead with implementing the NDP.“Our key takeaway from this election is that macroeconomic policy continuity is now more assured, a credit positive,” Moody’s said in a credit report.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za
Learn to simulate hand drawn animation in this After Effects tutorial.Sometimes sleeker isn’t necessarily better. If the style of your projects calls for an organic, hand drawn look check out the following After Effects video tutorial by Daniel Brodesky for LesterBanks.com. The tutorial covers the fundamentals of animating in After Effects, including:The Roughen Edges effectFractal NoiseTransfer ModesShape Paths Hand drawn doesn’t have to mean amateur or rudimentary. When purposefully designed and executed, this animation style can give your project an organic or whimsical look.This video was first shared on LesterBanks.com – an awesome online resource for the latest tutorials and inspiration on motion graphics and animation.If you enjoy the look and feel of hand-drawn animation than I highly recommend checking out our interview with motion designer Cento Lodigiani. He helped create a visual guide to the 12 principles of animation created by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.Know of any other ways to create a hand-drawn look in After Effects? Share in the comments below.