Digital Imaginaries is a joined project of Kër Thiossane and Afropixel Festival in Dakar, Wit Art Museum and Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival in Johannesburg, and ZKM in Karlsruhe.
'Digital Imaginaries' reminds us that digital technologies are not self-evident or universal but configured in a historically contingent field. Articulating digital technologies and Africa together is an opportunity to reevaluate the dominant imaginaries that shape contemporary digital practices. That at least is our starting premise. To put it to the test, we invite artists and writers to Dakar, Johannesburg and Karlsruhe. The resulting works expose, disrupt, hack or subvert dominant digital imaginaries to propose alternative configurations of the digital.
I am chuffed to finally share the programme for the Afropixel festival that forms the first chapter of the project.
Afropixel #6, Digital Imaginaries: Non-Aligned Utopias revisits the old struggle for non-aligned African positionalities under the conditions of contemporary digital practices. If the ghosting of non-western technological histories and realities is impoverishing digital imaginaries, we should be able to recover resources for alternative configurations of the digital by paying attention to non-western digital practices, whether they emerge in Africa or elsewhere. Thus at least, is the utopian premise of digital non-alignment. A premise that energises experiments with alternative forms of digital production and local digital cultures. It is to this energy and the initiatives and experiments that nurture it that the first chapter of the Digital Imaginaries project in Dakar is dedicated. Léopold Sédar Senghor’s conviction, that cultural productions are central to the possibility of non-aligned Senegalese positionalities is lively here. So, is his proposition that African positionalities are important to the reconfiguration of richer universals.
Check the LOST website for a full project outline
Digital Imaginaries Dates
Afropixel: Non-Aligned Utopias | Dakar
Afropixel workshops & residencies 15 Feb - 12 May 2018
Afropixel festival 1-12 May 2018
Wits Art Museum & Fak’ugesi Festival: Premonition | Johannesburg
WAM exhibition 24 July – 23 September 2018
Fak'ugesi festival 31 August – 9 September
ZKM: Situating Digital Imaginaries — Africas in Production | Karlsruhe
ZKM exhibition 17 November 2018 – 31 March 2019