HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) in cooperation with Interkultur Ruhr – a project by Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR), and Africa Positive e.V. presents the exhibition Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention from 21 October 2017 until 22 April 2018.
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.
Artists: Sherif Adel (EGY), John Akomfrah (GHA), Jean-Pierre Bekolo (CAM), Neïl Beloufa (FR), Frances Bodomo (GHA), Drexciya (US), Kiluanji Kia Henda (AGO), Louis Henderson (UK), Jaromil (IT/NL), Wanuri Kahiu (KEN), Kapwani Kiwanga (CAN/FR), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (SLE), Cristina de Middel (ESP), Fabrice Monteiro (BEN), Wangechi Mutu (KEN), The Otolith Group (UK), RAMMELLZEE (US), Tabita Rezaire (FR/ZA), Simon Rittmeier (DEU), Soda_Jerk (AUS)
Tech-projects: BRCK (KEN), CardioPad (CAM), Chowberry (NGA), CladLight (KEN), Educade (ZA), GiftedMom
Opening: Friday, 20 Oktober 2017