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Talks & Seminars

Thinking the digital through the indigenous

The invit­ed film­mak­ers use their films as vehi­cles to think through some core questions.

Opening Times
18:00 – 19:00
This panel discussion offers an alternative to the assumption that technology is a western invention; whilst problematising 'tech tools' through different lenses and practices. The artists also propose new languages to imagine technology, beyond hardware and software.

Artists bio

Russel Hlongwane is a cultural producer and creative industries consultant based in Durban, South Africa. His work obsesses over the tensions in Heritage/ Modernity and Culture/Tradition as it applies to black life. His practice includes cultural research, creative producing, design, film and curatorship. He is part of a number of working groups spread across the Southern African Region, the African continent more broadly and internationally. He has shown work in Munich, Marrakech, Maputo, Karlsruhe, Harare, Bristol, Tokyo as well as throughout South Africa.

Russel will be in conversation with:

DANAE, a Chilean working-class feminist writer, multimedia artist and technologist based in Rotterdam. DANAE is a lecturer of Hacking and Autonomous Practices at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the founder of The Digital Witchcraft Institute, an artistic-research organization that develops advanced and non-conforming digital technologies for posthuman futures. In the past, Danae has been a fellow of the Mozilla Foundation and has led several interdisciplinary projects in activist organizations dedicated to technology and human rights in the US, Brazil and Chile. She has presented her work in places such as Kyoto, Havana, San Francisco, Tunisia, London, Honolulu. She has also published in magazines, academic journals and outlets of creative non-fiction. She is currently writing a thesis on masochism and artificial intelligence.

Dilman Dila, author of a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, A Killing in the Sun. Dilman has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2013) and for the Nommo Awards for Best Novella (2017), and longlisted for the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition (2014), among other accolades. His short fiction have featured in several anthologies, and his films include What Happened in Room 13 (2007) and The Felistas Fable (2013), which was nominated for Best First Feature by a Director at AMAA (2014).
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