Radioactive Blog creative director and Vrystaat Literature Festival assistant coordinator, Thuthukani Ndlovu, recently launched the first South African poetry collection featuring Augmented Reality (AR).
This comes after his first solo poetry collection, titled My Poetic Collage, was launched on 28 September 2020. According to him, the book offers a fascinating journey and insight to his mind and heart, as well as an incredible synergy between Literature; Digital Art; Augmented Reality (AR) and Ambisonics. “The title of the book represents different aspects of my life and complements the book cover, which includes different images that directly or indirectly have a link to what I’ve experienced and how I perceive life,” said Ndlovu.
The book, consisting of 50 poems, covers a range of different topics. Ndlovu uses AR to create new dimensions of art by linking classical with digital art, as well as literature and spoken word. This is not new to those who are familiar with some of the initiatives he hosts such as “Giving Poetry Wings”.
The digital layers in the book open the doors to a whole new world of possibilities, while taking readers on a journey, giving a different dimension of some of the poems, or complementing the poems with visuals and audio recordings. This book can be unlocked by any smartphone or tablet with the Artivive App, and offers an extended and emotional experience to his work.
Ndluvo, who was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe has made the City of Roses his home since 2014 and has been writing poems since his high school years. The 26-year-old author is currently completing his Honours Degree in Marketing at the University of the Free State.
To get your hands on a copy of My Poetic Collage contact Ndlovu on 082 267 7867 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PIERCE VAN HEERDEN