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An interactive installation of African music and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade

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Publication date6/07/2020
Host publicationProceedings of EVA London 2020 (EVA 2020): AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination
PublisherBCS
Pages106-111
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)1477-9358
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventEVA London 2020 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 6/07/20209/07/2020

Conference

ConferenceEVA London 2020
Abbreviated titleEVA 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period6/07/209/07/20

Conference

ConferenceEVA London 2020
Abbreviated titleEVA 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period6/07/209/07/20

Abstract

This paper introduces Afrobits, an interactive installation about African music and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Its main aim is to bring to light invisible stories hidden behind geographic epistemologies. The installation highlights the contribution that African cultures had on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the world, such as popular music. Although it covers diverse countries, we focused on the Americas, placing emphasis on Latin-America as the biopolitical space that enabled the integration of native cultures with African peoples. As this project involved web scientists, graphic designers, historians, digital humanists and artists, we also discuss the benefits of interdisciplinary research; contributions from University researchers for the development of storytelling projects for the Cultural Heritage sector; and the implementation of complex technologies and research methods.