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Honours graduate looks at Augmented Reality in research

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Mr Melikhaya Noqamza graduated with his Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from UKZN
Mr Melikhaya Noqamza graduated with his Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from UKZN

Research into how a new form of technology contributes to the preservation of traditional forms of visual arts earned Mr Melikhaya Noqamza, a bachelor of Visual Arts (honours) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Noqamza, a staff member at the Centre for Visual Art (CVA), research delved into Augmented Reality (AR) – a relatively new technology that allows digital content to be overlaid on the real world.

He focused on how AR contributes to the preservation of traditional forms of visual arts unlike other digital innovations that threaten the old traditions existence, namely photography to painting and video to theatre. ‘AR uses the existing mediums and enhances them,’ he said.