January 28, 2018 - HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein - Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention
January 28, 2018

HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein

Design by KoeperHerfurth.

Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention
October 20, 2017–April 22, 2018

HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein
at the Dortmunder U, Level 3
44137 Dortmund
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm,
Thursday–Friday 11am–8pm

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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.

With Sherif Adel (Egypt), John Akomfrah (Ghana/Great Britain), Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon), Neïl Beloufa (France), Frances Bodomo (Ghana/USA), Drexciya (USA), Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola/Portugal), Louis Henderson (Great Britain), Jaromil (Italy/Netherlands), Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya), Kapwani Kiwanga (Canada/France), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leone), Cristina de Middel (Spain), Fabrice Monteiro (Benin/Senegal), Wangechi Mutu (Kenya/USA), The Otolith Group (Great Britain), RAMMELLZEE (USA), Tabita Rezaire (France/South Africa), Simon Rittmeier (Germany), Soda_Jerk (Australia)

Participating tech-projects
BRCK (Kenya), CardioPad (Cameroon), Chowberry (Nigeria), CladLight (Kenya), Educade (South Africa), GiftedMom (Cameroon), Juakaliscope (Kenya), Kayoola Solar Bus (Uganda), M-PESA (Kenya), Robohand (South Africa), Shiriki Hub (Rwanda), Uko Wapi (Germany)

An exhibition by HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein)
in cooperation with Interkultur Ruhr—a project by Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR)—and Africa Positive e.V.

Curated by Inke Arns (HMKV) and Fabian Saavedra-Lara (Interkultur Ruhr)

In parallel HMKV presents the exhibitions The Border, an exhibition project by the Goethe-Institut and The Storming of the Winterpalace (both Level 6, until April 8, 2018). The HMKV Video of the Month (Level 3) is a monthly series of screenings of recent video works by international artists. In the vertical space of the Dortmunder U The Hard Drawing by Dan Perjovschi continues to be on view (until April 2019).

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