Digital Imaginaries

African Positions Beyond Binaries

The two-year, three-city exhibition and research project Digital Imaginaries brought together artists, makers, architects, and social scientists to examine digital futures on the African continent. This book presents resulting artistic and scholarly productions alongside additional works.
The contributions in this volume deal with diverse digital phenomena: From the continued impact of toxic histories and the conflict-ridden extraction of minerals critical to the digital economy to video games, experimental architecture, the reappropriation of smart city and innovation practices, the commoning of resources, attempts to digitize voter trust, calls for digital resistance and decolonial healing, the relationships between humans and technics, utopia and dystopia, and the limits of reason. The contributions articulate imaginaries and agendas capable of staving off the domination of market interests, state surveillance, and postcolonial hegemonies. Starting from positions on the African continent and in the African diaspora, the works collated here contribute to the global struggle for more diverse and inclusive digital futures.

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Digital Imaginaries

April 2021

ISBN 978-3-7356-0657-0

15,5 × 24 cm

408 pages

229 colored and 31 b/w illustrations


Languages: English

Richard Rottenburg, Oulimata Gueye, Julien McHardy, Philipp Ziegler for Kër Thiossane, Wits Art Museum, and ZKM | Karlsruhe

Text by
Bethlehem Anteneh, Younes Baba-Ali / Aude Tournaye, Tegan Bristow, Mehdi Derfoufi, Mamadou Diallo / Judith Rottenburg, Sunny Dolat / Njoki Ngumi (The Nest Collective), Oulimata Gueye, Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, Francois Knoetze, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou / Manuel Bürger, Bettina Korintenberg, Siri Lamoureaux / Enrico Ille / Amal Hassan Fadlalla / Timm Sureau, Achille Mbembe, Maurice Mbikayi, Julien McHardy, Christopher McMichael, Jamal Nxedlana, Lex Trickett, Themba Konela (Bubblegum Club), Marcus Neustetter, Nanjala Nyabola, DK Osseo-Asare / Yasmine Abbas, Tabita Rezaire, Richard Rottenburg, Joseph Tonda, Michel Wahome, Philipp Ziegler

Design by
The Laboratory of Manuel Bürger (Manuel Bürger, Simon Schindele)

Afropixel#6: Digital Imaginaries – Non-Aligned Utopias, Kër Thiossane, Dakar, Senegal: February 26 – May 30, 2018; Digital Imaginaries – Premonition, Wits Art Museum (WAM), Johannesburg, South Africa: July 24 – September 23, 2018; Digital Imaginaries – Competences and Visions for Digitization in Africa, Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa: September 18–29, 2018; Digital Imaginaries: Africas in Production, ZKM | Karlsruhe, Germany: November 17, 2018 – March 17, 2019.