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African Futures Exhibition / Festival by Goethe Institut

posted Oct 11, 2015, 7:59 PM by Ayodele Arigbabu   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 6:35 AM ]
African Futures_Lagos

Three concurrent interdisciplinary festivals taking place in Johannesburg/South Africa, Lagos/Nigeria and Nairobi/Kenya from 28th October to 1st November 2015 will be exploring the future, following potential narratives and artistic expression in literature, fine arts, performance, music, film, and various digital formats.

The Lagos edition will see a programme incorporating an interactive exhibition, lectures, music, film screenings, dance performances and a digital story-telling workshop. Artists include writer Temitayo Amogunla, digital artist Segun Samson, a special edition of the speculative fiction magazine Omenana published by the duo Mazi Nwonwu and Chinelo Onwualu, performance artists- Jelili Atiku and Segun Adefila, cinematographer and digital artist- Mathaias Aragbada, electronic music artist Ggboyega ‘Afrologic’ Oyedele, iMagineering Lagos, the creative technology and futurism collective, graphic designer and animator- Ibrahim Ganiyu, poet and copywriter- Jumoke Verissimo, graphic artist and animator- John Adesanya, and science fiction writer- Geoff Ryman.

Curator Ayodele Arigbabu explains the overall concept: “African Futures _ Lagos embarks on this journey by referencing the reality that explorations into the future are firmly situated in time - which is appreciated in terms defined by memory - in a constant state of flux. The past, the present and the future are invariably linked in memory. While any creative enquiry into Africa’s future runs the risk of being distracted into grafting on modified forms of Europe / North America’s future, it also runs the risk of creating linkages that crisscross time, to ‘remember’ a genuinely unique future for the continent. Exhibitions and festivals tend to be transient in nature, lasting only for so many hours or days, but their overall effect could be more permanent in nature, in terms of leaving an enduring impact on the way people think, spawning new ideas that end up affecting society or simply leaving behind an enduring memory that becomes a reference point for future engagement. The present is always a transient state of progressing from the past to the future. Africa being at a critical stage in this progression, perhaps the global interest in Africa’s future is valid; perhaps it is about time we remembered where exactly it is that we are headed to.” 

Date:             28th October  – 1st November, 2015

Time:             10 am – 10pm

Location:      Federal Government Printing Press, 9 Broad Street (by Joseph Street), Lagos Island

Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-futures-lagos-tickets-8546098611

 African Futures is a project of the Goethe-Institut South Africa, funded by the Goethe-Institut and the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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