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The Shadows Took Shape exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem (especially reading the catalog) got me thinking about redesigning Augmented Reality in Open Spaces for a new project/purpose. I read We Want the Funk: What is Afrofuturism in Africa? by Tegan Bristow. Tasked to reflect on afrofuturism in Africa Bristow writes, “The practices that refer to being of a contemporary Africa presented in The Shadows Took Shape reflect something new to me – digital and technology culture augmenting already existing sociocultural awakenings occurring in contemporary Africa.” She notes a strong relationship between innovative practices and social change in Africa.
Bristow highlights the work of Botswana-born South African based artist Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum who imagines parallels between ancient mythologies and futuristic sciences. Her practice includes drawings on paper, drawing installations, animation and performance. In her paper Afro-mythology and African Futurism: The Politics of Imagining and Methodologies for Contemporary Creative…
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