City: Karlsruhe, Germany
Organiser: Oulimata Gueye, Julien McHardy, Philipp Ziegler
Venue: ZKM | Center for Media and Art

What Africa was, is and could be is characterized by collective practices. If you follow the postcolonial visionary Édouard Glissant (1928-2011), then these »Africas« can be understood as a technically mediated network of relationships, which project far beyond the physical borders of the continent. Rather than a single vision, Africa seems to be more of a relational category, which contains a multitude of contradictory possibilities.

The third chapter of “Digital Imaginaries” in Karlsruhe takes seriously that African positionalities contribute to universals that are legible around the world. Situating the works that emerged in response to Dakar and Johannesburg in Karlsruhe, is to show that they matter in a provincial German town. Not as evidence of otherness, but because here too the questions they raise about possible alternative configurations of the digital are relevant.