King Debs

Tlhago explores issues of mourning the cultural and natural worlds we have lost. Thom van Dooren writes that “mourning is a process of learning and transformation to accommodate a changed reality. Mourning is about dwelling with a loss and so coming to appreciate what it means, how the world has changed, and how we must ourselves change and renew our relationships if we are to move forward from here. Genuine mourning should open us into an awareness of our dependence on and relationships with those countless others being driven over the edge of extinction.” King Debs, a multimedia artist creates work centred around themes of identity, socio political commentary, life and death and the human condition at large. He has developed a visual language that encapsulated the ideas around empathy and humility in the ever-expanding information era. This film is about the processing of his situation within the current epoch and a reflection of the debilitating feelings of powerlessness he feels in the face of the massive issues the world is facing.

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Presented as part of Creativate Digital Arts Festival.

  • Genre: Multimedia
  • Format: CGI 360° Film
  • Duration: 06:90
  • Language: Non-verbal
  • Ages: 10+
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King Debs – Producer, Director, DOP, Sound Design, Artist


King Debs is a Cape Town-based, South African artist who focuses on multimedia art and design after attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Design and Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2010. King Debs draws his influences from his Tswana heritage and lived experiences as a child being born in Mafikeng and growing up in Tshwane (Pretoria). His current work illustrates a profound interest in African identity, scriptoria, handstyles, and indigenous ideographics. His work has been shown locally at renowned spaces and galleries such as Gallery Momo in Cape Town, Gallery One11, Imibala Gallery in Somerset West, Thupelo Workshop with Greatmore Studios, and St. Lorient in Tshwane. Internationally, Debs’ work has been exhibited at Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (LACDA) in the USA, and in Chester Art Fair (UK) in 2018; he was a finalist for his digital art. As a multimedia artist, King Debs is accustomed to using different media ranging from 3D digital art, calligraphy, and animation. The work Debs creates is centered around themes of identity, socio-political commentary, life and death, and the human condition at large. After a 2 year social sabbatical from 2016 to 2018, King Debs has developed a visual language that encapsulates his ideas around empathy and humility in the ever-expanding information era.