FAVT: FUTURE AFRICA VISIONS IN TIME
An Exhibition project on show at Iwalewahaus Bayreuth,
curated and organized by Research Staff and Fellows of the Bayreuth Academy
For further information visit the exhibition's Blog
Please find the overall programme as part of the FAVT exhibition (as PDF) here
Film about the exhibition
Thursday 28.01.16 / 14-15h
Venue: Iwalewahaus/Neues Schloss
This 'touring talk' takes an image out of the video work “Oceans Apart” by Emeka Alams/Simon Rittmeier/Kae Sun as the starting point to dive into the imagined futures within the history of Bayreuth as a transnational place. The figure of the ‘ghost’ serves as the guiding idea of the tour. In it, conventionally practiced logics of temporal linearity, implode. Ghost are past, present and future enmeshed.
Thursday., 11.02.16, 17-18h
More about the Project:
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 Appropriating and Conserving Nature”, “Middle Classes on the Rise: Concepts of the future among freedom, consumption, tradition and moral”, “Concepts of Future in Mediaspaces” and “Revolution 3.0 – Iconographies of social utopia”. For a concise overview of the work of the Academy please read here.
Since its inception, various artists and cultural producers 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 researchers, 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.
Please find the press release as PDF here.More information: