25 November 2018


Digital Imaginaries. Africas in Production

ZKM, Karlsruhe

– 31 March 2019



The topics of digitisation and digital transformation are major drivers for companies, governments, and societies worldwide. Following exhibitions, workshops, and events in Senegal and South Africa, the exhibition and research project “Digital Imaginaries” is currently showcasing contemporary works by African artists in Karlsruhe that address the “contradictory diversity of digital phenomena in African”.


Digitisation is also making its way into Africa, not only positively influencing social development but also bringing with it social inequalities. Although mobile phones are ubiquitous, the infrastructure needed for them is still determined by the global North and China. Hence some locations are well-connected digital hubs that can participate in the international technological sphere, while others cannot.

The works shown in the exhibition do not just describe how the digital transformation takes place. Instead, they point to the African stories, practices, and realities that come to bear in this context. They want to encourage people to think about what an emancipated digital future can look like without being based on market-oriented interests and post-colonial hegemony. Similarly, they want to highlight the need to think about the digital world in a more diverse and global way.

The accompanying programme includes guided tours, workshops, and lectures.


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