Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention

21. October 2017 - 22. April 2018 Dortmunder U, 3rd Floor


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. The 32 participating artists and tech projects come from 22 countries: Egypt, Angola, Australia, Germany, Benin, France, Ghana, the United Kingdom, Italy, Cameroon, Canada, Kenya, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Spain, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, the USA and the planet Saturn.

An exhibition by HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) in cooperation with Interkultur Ruhr a project by Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR) and Africa Positive e.V.
Design: KoeperHerfurth, Dortmund / Exhibition Architecture: Ruth M. Lorenz, Berlin

Co-operation partner:

Interkultur Ruhr - a project by Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR)
Africa Positive e.V.

Funded by:

Fonds TURN of
Kulturstiftung des Bundes

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