Residents Okunseinde and Asega present the Iyapo Repository

Event Type: 
workshop
Start Date: 
30 Jan 2016
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC
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Where are all the black people in science fiction?

This event takes place in Rhizome DC, in Washington, DC, not in Eyebeam. 

The Iyapo Repository Project is concerned with addressing the relative lack of representation of Africa and people of African descent in contemporary projections of the future. This 90 minute workshop is the first in a series that will contribute to the creation of the Iyapo Repository. 

Iyapo Repository is a future resource library that will house a collection of digital and physical artifacts created to affirm and project the African diaspora. It offers opportunities for African descendants to generate and build technological cultural artifacts of their future. The project is situated between physical and digital spaces, between the present and the future. It asks us to reimagine notions of race, identity & culture through technological artifacts as they travel through time & space. 

In this 90 minute workshop, artists and current Eyebeam Residents Ayodamola Okunseinde and Salome Asega will ask participants to create designs for future technological artifacts. The sketches and drawings developed in these workshops will be featured in the Iyapo Repository. A select few  of the designs will be constructed and exhibited and a 5 minute sci-fi film incorporating the artifact will be made. The films serve as means of situating the object in context of the time, space, & culture of the future Africans that use the artifacts.