FAVT: FUTURE AFRICA VISIONS IN TIME
The exhibition “FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time“ explores diverse areas of research and debates generated by the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies since its inception in 2013. The exhibition content derives from discursive collaborations between invited international artists and resident researchers within the Academy, resulting in innovative conceptual research that traverses aesthetic and scientific approaches. Positions generated through this collaborative process also question the results and processes of academic research by aesthetically complicating them.
Through intensive conversations, artworks and conceptual positions were developed that critically engage with, reflect on, interpret, imagine, intervene into, disturb, translate or anticipate the concepts of the Academy’s current general theme “Future Africa: Visions in Time”, cutting across its five sub-projects: “Beyond Europe: Narratives of the Future in Modern African History”, “Visions of Nature Concepts of Appro- priating and Conserving Nature”, “Middle Classes on the Rise: Concepts of the future among freedom, con- sumption, tradition and moral”, “Concepts of Future in Mediaspaces” and “Revolution 3.0 – Iconographies of social utopia”. You find a concise overview of the work of the Academy here.
Since its inception, various artists and cultural pro- ducers have participated in and contributed to the work at the Bayreuth Academy as Fellows and guests. Together with the Bayreuth-based researchers, case studies and empirical results as well as conceptual insights were generated relating to thematics such as “hope”, “utopia”, “dystopia” and “prognosis” amongst others. Intersecting processual devices, such as “intervening”, “imagining” and “anticipating” have been developed through consultation and curation since 2014. These notions which are entries from
a collective glossary developed by members of the Academy, form the structure of the show and function as bridges connecting the artworks and positions in the exhibition.
The exhibition “FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time” provides a discursive platform for the research output of the Bayreuth Academy, mutually engaging resear- chers, artists, the University of Bayreuth, and the general public. The exhibition includes photography, installations, soundscapes, projections, text and performance and will be accompanied by a series of publications and activations, such as guided tours and thematic talks.
Emeka Alams, Rui Assubuji, Sam Hopkins, Délio Jasse, Syowia Kyambi, Ingrid LaFleur, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Kitso Lynn Lelliott, kara lynch, John Kamisha, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Ato Malinda, Tumi Mogorosi, James Muriuki, Zohra Opoku, Abdi Osman, Simon Rittmeier, Ruth Sacks, Lulu Sala, Moses Serubiri, Paul D Miller aka DJ Spooky, Kae Sun, Fabio Vanin.
Erdmute Alber, Susan Arndt, Sybille Bauriedl, Ute Fendler, Katharina Fink, Michael Hauhs, Constantin Katsakioris, Lena Kroeker, Kupakwashe Mtata, Dieter Neubert, Achim von Oppen, Peggy Piesche, Mariam Popal, Nadine Siegert, Florian Stoll, Annalisa Urbano, Ulf Vierke.
CURATORS, PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Katharina Fink, Storm Janse Van Rensburg, Nadine Siegert
ASSISTANT CURATORS: Susanne Gerhard, Lena Naumann, Anisha Soff
EXHIBITION TEAM Bayreuth: Sarina Beiser, Stephanie Dowd, Sophie Falschebner, Helena Funk, Raí Gandra, Constantin Gudat, Elisa Herrmann, Harald Heublein, Gloria Igabe, Jana Kaschuba, Miroslav Martinka, Awil Ahmed Mohamed, Kiara Noesen, Khoisan Ochieng, Sefer Polat, Elena Siegl.
CURATOR Nairobi: Anisha Soff
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Ruth Asan (Goethe-Institut NRB), Katharina Fink, Nadine Siegert (Iwalewahaus),
EXHIBITION TEAM Nairobi:
EXHIBITION TEAM Johannesburg:
ADMINISTRATION: Doris Löhr, Renate Crowe, Natalie Patterer