Afro-Tech and the future of re-invention

  • Afro-Tech and
    the Future
    of Re-Invention

  • Exhibition and Festival Branding

  • Trailer for Afro-Tech Fest in Dortmund.

  • The exhibition Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention, curated by Inke Arns and Fabian Saavedra-Lara, puts Afrofuturism in dialogue with alternative technological solutions and imaginations. The speculative narratives unfolding in the artworks on display are confronted with actual inventions from maker scenes in different African countries. This creates a double shift of perspective: While the artworks project decidedly African and diasporic sci-fi visions, the real devices appear as evidence of a technological development that is already underway. The exhibition thus presents Africa as a continent of technological innovation.

    The exhibition features 20 international artistic positions and 12 tech projects from the maker scenes in various countries of Africa.

    (Text: HMKV)

  • Printed matter for Afro-Tech Fest and Afro-Tech and the future of re-invention exhibition.

  • Bi-lingual progam with detailed timetables, a Map of the different venues and information about speakers and person of  Afro-Tech Fest.

  • Afro-Tech Fest program and brochure for the Afro-Tech exhibition at Hartware Medienkunstverein.

  • The Afro-Tech key visual combines the afro-futuristic aesthetic of Sun-Ra – referencing Egyptian mythology – and famous Dortmund landmark and main venue of Afro-Tech: Dortmunder U.

  • Left: Sun Ra, Film still from John Coney’s Space Is the Place (1974) (photo © 1974 Jim Newman),
    Right: Golden U atop the main venue of Afro-Tech exhibition and festival – Dortmunder U (photo Roland Baege)

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