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Friday, 20th of October

Saturday, 21st of October


23:00 MIKE HUCKABY (Detroit): SUN RA DJ-SET + Support: Delicious Frequencies

Sunday, 22nd of October

Monday, 23rd of October until Friday, 27th of October

Thursday, 26th of October
20:00 KAPWANI KIWANGA: AFROGALACTICA. An afrofuturistic lecture performance.

Friday, 27th of October
19:00 DREXCIYA – Detroit techno, aquanauts and the politics of the dancefloor.

Saturday, 28th of October

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AFRO-TECH FEST: Exhibition. Talks. Performances. Workshops. Films. Music.

Dortmunder U | various locations in Dortmund | 10/20/2017 - 10/28/2017

From 20 to 28 October 2017 the AFRO-TECH FEST will host a week-long festival with talks, lectures, film screenings, performances, DJ sets, concerts and workshops in various locations in Dortmund. The programme of events, which coincides with the exhibition Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention by HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) at Dortmunder U – Centre for Art and Creativity, will provide numerous occasions to further explore and discuss the themes and motifs of the exhibition. AFRO-TECH FEST will feature works from the realms of media art, fine art, film and photography as well as contributions from popular and digital culture.

Combining an international group exhibition and a week-long festival of events, AFRO-TECH will present speculative projections of the future and current developments in the field of digital technologies by artists and inventors from different countries in Africa, the African diaspora and many other actors in the USA and Europe. The project examines science-fiction narratives and concepts of technology that function according to their own rules rather than conforming with dominant western narratives. A key source of inspiration for the artworks on display is Afrofuturism, a movement that emerged in the mid-twentieth century against the backdrop of the African-American community's historical experience of racism and discrimination. Telling tales of speculative futures, it opened up a space for a distinct history, and hence emancipation, self-empowerment and individual freedom. The concepts, ideas and aesthetics of Afrofuturism soon spread from the USA to the rest of the world, influencing countless artists – also in German-speaking countries – with whose experiences they strongly resonated.

Afro-Tech is the result of a unique cooperation between local, regional and international partners from the artistic, cultural and socio-cultural sectors. It presents artistic contributions and projects from the field of digital culture that have not previously been shown in North Rhine-Westphalia. Simultaneously, the AFRO-TECH FEST connects with Dortmund's various communities through a series of diverse events and by creating spaces of public debate, reflection, experience and togetherness. The aim of the partners involved in this project is to acknowledge Africa as a continent of technological innovation and present a differentiated view on the latest developments in media art in Africa and the African diaspora. By doing so, Afro-Tech raises a series of questions: Which strategies, practices, aesthetics, narrative traditions and technological ideas can be developed beyond the hegemonic western perspective when we think about the future? What do these alternative futures look like? And what do they tell us about our different experiences of the past and the present?

Free admission to all events of AFRO-TECH FEST!

AFRO-TECH FEST is organised by HMKV and Office medienwerk.nrw in cooperation with Interkultur Ruhr – a project of the Regional Association Ruhr (RVR) and Africa Positive e.V.

Host institution Office medienwerk.nrw: HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein)
Host institution Interkultur Ruhr: Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR)
The exhibition is funded: by the TURN fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW
The festival week is funded by the the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb), the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW, the NRW KULTURSekretariat International and the Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund
Main funder HMKV: Dortmunder U – Center for Art and Creativity
Partners: Goethe-Institut, Afrikamera – Aktuelles Kino aus Afrika (Berlin), NRW KULTURsekretariat, Kino im U e.V. (Dortmund)


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