Art Hub Film Club :
AI: AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE by Manthia Diawara
AROUND SPELLING WORLDS; MAGICAL HACKERISM : Featuring Juan Pablo García Sossa / jpgs
The Art Hub Film Club presented by Juan Pablo García Sossa & Laura Kloeckner will present a selection of films that engage with the emergence of semi-fictional realities as a consequence of the reappropriation of technologies in the tropics. This program is responding to the practices performed within Futura Trōpica Netroos, an InterTropical Net of Grass-Root Local networks connecting practitioners, communities and ecologies in Abya Yala (Latin America), the African continent, South Asia and SouthEast Asia – all meeting each other within the Tropical Belt.
Programme for this last screening of the season:
AI: AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE presented by JPGS and Laura Kloeckner
Director: Manthia Diawara, 2022
Participation in the screening is free, but it is mandatory to book a seat in advance. Book your seat here.
ABOUT AI: AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE
AI: African Intelligence, the latest essay film by Manthia Diawara, explores the contact zones between African rituals of possession among traditional fishing villages of the Atlantic coast of Senegal and the emergence of new technology frontiers known as Artificial Intelligence. Considering the confluence of tradition and modernity, Diawara questions how we could move from disembodied machines towards a more humane and spiritual control of algorithms. Could this be the context of emergence for such improbable algorithms?
African Intelligence is a project by Manthia Diawara for a Science-in-residency at the studio of Diawara in Yene nearby Dakar in Senegal. Over a 3-year period the artist and scientists engaged in diverse discussions aimed at challenging the hierarchy between the arts and empirical sciences predominant in the 20th century and challenge the technological and scientific determinism by enabling artists’ to input experimentally creative critical and societal ideas.
ABOUT MANTHIA DIAWARA
Manthia Diawara was born in Mali, West Africa. He is a distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Film at New York University. Diawara is a prolific writer and filmmaker and one of the most important scholars on African Cinema. His essays on art, cinema and politics have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, LA Times, Libération, Mediapart and Artforum. He has published several books on African and African American cinema. Diawara’s notable films include: An Opera of the World (2017), Negritude: A Dialogue between Soyinka and Senghor (2016), Édouard Glissant, One World in Relation (2010), Maison Tropicale (2008) and Rouch in Reverse (1995).