One of the methodological approaches of the Revolution 3.0 project at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies is the Icon Lab. What, how and why can be understood by downloading the booklet and getting information on a new approach in visual studies.
Nadine Siegert is the Deputy Director of Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth. She studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Mainz,
where she worked in the African Music Archive until 2008. In 2012, she finished her PhD thesis on Angolan Contemporary Art Production. Since 2007, she curated exhibitions such as Nástio Mosquito – Dzzzz (Bayreuth 2008), António Ole – Hidden Pages (Bayreuth 2009), Contrary Alignment (Nairobi 2009), Portraits of a Slippery Look (Nairobi 2010), GhostBusters I and II (Berlin 2010/2013), and Mash Up (Bayreuth 2015).
She is an Associated Project Leader of sub-project 5, Revolution 3.0 and forms part of the curatorial team of the upcoming exhibition, Future
Africa – Visions in Time.
The research project investigates the entanglements of aesthetics and politics in situations of radical social transformation, and the becoming of icons. What constitutes the ‘seismographic power’ of images, and the sustainability of icons in terms of radicalism? Central to our investigation are diachronic and transcultural filiations within visual culture in the ‚longue durée‘of lusophone Africa. These images are part of visual memory cultures and are enmeshed in thriving political-social movements and recent medial transformations. Our research firstly focuses on Mozambique, particularly because of the foundation of „Instituto Nacional de Cinema“ right after independence in 1975; established in order to produce and promote ‚homemade‘ images for Mozambicans; and conceptualized as a contrast to colonial imageries. Furthermore, Mozambique as part of the „socialist international“ formed an integral part of political dynamics (eg in Algeria, Angola, Namibia, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau), which found its expression in the iconographies of the time. This internationalism, both ideological and factual, resulted in references and relations which reach beyond Africa as a continent (and connect with, eg, Cuba, GDR, Chile). Contemporary visions of futures seem to meander between political-economic pragmatism and nostalgic utopias and evoke the question of actual ‘originality’. The core question here is the negotiation of recent and historical imaginations of future in iconographies of revolutions; and the investigation of visual archives. The research is located at the triangle of fine arts, film and virtual imageries in digital media such as the internet. “Revolution 3.0” is one of the five research projects of the interdisciplinary Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies.
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