Future Lab Africa is an interactive space that engages cultures of technology through critical aesthetic explorations in Africa.
Future Lab Africa came about as the Post African Futures contribution of digital artist Jepchumba, from which the project has evolved as a research collaboration between with Tegan Bristow. Future Lab Africa hopes to create lasting networks and public engagements which extend beyond the exhibition incorporating research and multi disciplinary methodologies as a basis of understanding new developments in the African digital art space.
African Digital Artist
Jepchumba is an African digital artist, curator and designer. She has been listed by Forbes as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa and the Guardian Africa’s Top 25 Women Achievers. A digital cultural ambassador, Jepchumba is the founder of African Digital Art, a collective where digital artists, enthusiasts and professional seek inspiration, showcase their artists and connect with emerging artists. She promotes the growing culture of art and technology in Africa. She is passionate about creating unique digital experiences, solutions and strategies.
Interactive Media Artist
Bristow is an interactive digital media artists and Head of Interactive Media at the Digital Arts Division of the Wits School of Arts at Wits University. Bristow is writing her PhD on Technology Art and Cultural Practices in Africa with the Planetary Collegium. This exhibition follows research through which Bristow is proposing a new ways of teaching technology arts specific to Africa, as well as challenging norms around technology’s role in art and culture in Africa.