Still from the movie "Africologist" (© Valerio Lopes)
Afro-futurism is about giving fantastical glimpses into what the future could look like. It embraces technology not just as an equalizer but as a tool to push a progressive artistic and cultural agenda. We will explore how to break the mold, defy boundaries and overcome the current way society remains unequal - be it through class, tribe, race, gender – using Afro-futurism as a vehicle to bridge the gap between what it is and what could be.
- Arts & Culture-This talk will engage questions on visual research, data, and decolonisation in a global information society using readingzimbabwe.com as a case study. The digital archive problematizes how a single country's 60 year published history has been created, distorted, and engenders a space where a variety of critical lenses are interwoven to question research truths in the Zimbabwean context.Complacency allows the ambiguities and complexities of marginal contexts to be concealed and even obliterated.
- Media & Journalism-Even 50 or 60 years after many African countries gained their independence the colonial legacy lingers on in many spheres: media reports about political developments in London, Paris, Brussels or Lisbon far more extensively than on the events in a neighboring country. This even more so, if another colonial language is being spoken across the border. It is up to the tech-savvy generation in African countries to overcome this legacy by using modern means of communication.
- Arts & Culture-Let's think "Beyond Slavery": Afroroutes is a one-of-a-kind VR experience conceived as a journey through 3 displaced African heritages, immersing users in Rituals and Ceremonies to experience that well-conserved memory form, but also to feel the power of Music as a strong anthropological tool. Connecting Afro-diasporic narratives: alterity and heritage transcendence within the digital era, Afroroutes is a trigger to open a crucial debate about diasporic identity.