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ECOEXISTENCE

A COLLECTIVE MANIFESTO

14th-15th October 2021

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IT ALL STARTED WITH A QUESTION…

“What does climate justice mean for Africans?”

DAY 1

14th OCT. 2021

EARTH 🌍 & AIR 💨

SCHEDULE: ALL TIMES IN CAT/CEST (WAT-1 | EAT+1)

= all times are indicative and subject to change till the event =

Tune in and discover the African Crossroads 2021 collaborative projects you can part to during the 2 days.

10:00 WELCOME

Tune in and discover the African Crossroads 2021 collaborative projects you can part to during the 2 days.

We have set multiple conversations as ways to experiment together. We’ve advanced through distributed decision making to harness an expanded collective intelligence.

10:15 Co-writing a Collective Manifesto on Ecoexistence

10:20 Sound Atlas

10:25 Ecoexistence Jam

10:30 – 13:30 🌍 EARTH BLOCK 🌍_ECOEXISTENCE 101

DOWN TO EARTH CONVERSATIONS

How to set new forms of conversations? Ones that could set bases for a collective consultation on ecoexistence. Ones that could initiate collaborative practices grounded on territories. Ones that could echo the conditions of existence.

10:45 Toguna #1
Mixed Media Art Installation by Pierre-Christophe Gam (Cameroon)
10:45 am – 11:15 am CAT

TOGUNA is a hybrid digital and mixed media Art installation, fusing storytelling and future thinking, which aims to provide an interactive public forum for a panafrican conversation on the future of the African continent.

11:15 Conversations with Africa
The prospects of local climate justice activism, a panel hosted by Emily Miki
11:15 am – 12:00 pm CAT

When it comes to the sociological dimensions of climate change, gender is cross-cutting. Climate vulnerability and its consequences not only reflect existing gender inequality; they also reinforce and exacerbate socially constructed relations of power, norms, and practices that constrain progress toward gender equality in both developed and developing countries.

Poetic interlude by Nana Owusu-Ansah (Ghana)

by Nana Owusu-Ansah (Ghana)

12:00 Conversations with African Indigenous & Youths
The inclusion of indigenous communities and the African youths in the fight for climate justice, a panel hosted by Memo Some
12:00 pm – 13:00 pm CAT

Local communities are the most vulnerable to climate change but hold fundamental knowledge on environmental conservation through their traditional beliefs and culture which can contribute to combating the effects of climate change. The African youth on the other hand is dynamic with creativity and content that can be applied when working with indigenous communities. The panel discussion highlights strategies and policies to be put in place to execute this objective.

13:30 – 14:00 // DJ BREAK //
14:00 – 16:00 🚌 CARAVAN 🚌

Hop on the African Crossroads Caravan and Tour the African Territories

15:00 TOURING THE HUBS


14:00 – 16:00 BREAK OUT ROOMS

  • Meet the Content Producers of the EARTH
  • Building an International Exchange Programme | workshop by Creative Industries Fund NL & African Crossroads
Poetic interlude by Khoudia Touré (Senegal)

“Tempête de silence” (“Silence storm”) by Khoudia Touré (Senegal)

14:15 – 16:15 < BOR 1 > International Design Program
A Conversation on Designing International Program (or on the heartbeat of working together across borders)
14:15 pm – 16:15 pm CAT

Break-Out Session

African Crossroads is partnering with the Creative Industries Fund NL with the aim of co-creating a 3-year international program of collaborations.

14:15 – 15:15 Conversations with Artists
Climate Justice: Seeing, Hearing, and Feeling. A Panel hosted by Ayo Akinwande
14:15 pm – 15:15 pm CAT

“Climate Justice: Seeing, Hearing, and Feeling” looks into the practices and experiences of professionals in academia, visual and performing arts, who are working across different communities on the African continent. What did they see, hear, and feel while exploring issues on climate change, ecology, and environmental activism?

16:00 – 16:30 // MUSIC BREAK //
16:30 – 19:30 💨 AIR BLOCK 💨_ECOEXISTENCE IN ACTION

ON AIR: CONVERSATIONS IN ACTION

How to devise new ways of actions that could organise societies in an ecologically benefitting manner for all forms of life?

African Crossroads conversations led to actions that intentionally build synergies between individual practices. 


Listen to the experiments to spread awareness, knowledge and practice about the changing relationship between humans, nature and technology.

16:30 Hacking the Climate

Meet our 5 Hybrid Residency Fellows (Nigeria + Tanzania + Uganda + Zambia + Zimbabwe) who are hacking the climate this year:


>> Jubilian Ngaruwa hosted @hFactor (Nigeria)

>> Nkumi Mtingwa hosted @Culture an Development East Africa (Tanzania)

>> Sandra Suubi hosted @Ugandan Trust (Uganda)

>> Andrew Banda hosted @Barefeet Theatre (Zambia)

>> Larry Kwirirayi hosted @Afrotopia (Zimbabwe)

17:30 Art & Climate Justice
A Collaborative Project between Bubblegum Club (South Africa) and hFACTOR (Nigeria)
17:30 pm – 18:00 pm CAT

A collaborative project between Bubblegum Club in South Africa and hFACTOR Nigeria. The video series spotlights how artists and designers across the respective countries are working towards a more climate-just future.

Poetic interlude by Njeri Wangari (Kenya)

“There is beauty” and “I used to make things happen” by Njeri Wangari (Kenya)

18:15 How to Design a Sustainable Hub With NO Greenwashing?
An Inspirational Talk by the Fondation Tunisie pour le Développement
18:15 pm – 19:15 pm CAT

The talk is hosted by Fondation Tunisie’s architect Dhouha Boukadi. It is based on the case study of Elife Centers, sustainable hubs located in Tunisia and built by the Fondation. It defines what sustainability is and how it is connected to architecture.

19:15 – 20:00 // DJ FINAL //

DJ Set by Cheb Runner (Morocco)

DAY 2

15th OCT. 2021

WATER 💧& FIRE 🔥

SCHEDULE: ALL TIMES IN CAT/CEST (WAT-1 | EAT+1)

= all times are indicative and subject to change till the event =

Tune in and discover the African Crossroads 2021 collaborative projects you can part to during the 2 days.

10:00 WELCOME

Tune in and discover the African Crossroads 2021 collaborative projects you can part to during the 2 days.

How to set new forms of conversations? Ones that could set bases for a collective consultation on ecoexistence. Ones that could initiate collaborative practices grounded on territories. Ones that could echo the conditions of existence.

We have set multiple conversations as ways to experiment together. We’ve harnessed an expanded collective intelligence, materialised in:

  • Co-writing a Collective Manifesto on Ecoexistence
  • Sound Atlas
  • Ecoexistence Jam
10:30 – 13:30 💧 WATER BLOCK 💧_ECO-EXISTENCE

BE FLUID: IN CONVERSATION WITH THE OTHER-THAN-HUMANS

Once everyone has been invited at the negotiation table, who’s still missing? African Crossroads 2021 is a call to invent the rights for different habitats, an environmental personhood, a call to reconsider nature and the fundamental reality that all living creatures form an interconnected web on Earth. We Are Earth and need to restore symbiotic relationships to our surrounding environments.

10:15 Conversations with Wetlands
The political economy of wetlands in Zimbabwe. A Panel hosted by Bernard Kusena
10:30 am – 11:30 am CAT

The discussion centres on the political economy of wetlands in Zimbabwe. It debates the justifications on raiding wetlands in the city of Harare and propose a balance between infrastructure development and the natural benefits of wetlands. It also assesses the role of environmental management bodies in mitigating the potential harm of degraded environments which are a threat to climate.

11:30 < BOR 1 > Conversations with SWARM
An Intimate Session with Contemporary Nights Collective (Ethiopia)
11:30 am – 12:00 pm CAT

Break-Out Session

The project draws inspiration from artists and writers that have positioned the fight for climate justice alongside questions of feminism and decoloniality.

11:30 < BOR 2 > Cookie Calls Workshop
Conversation about cookies, edible and digital ones, by Temitayo Ogunbiyi and Chef Renée Chuks
11:30 am – 12:00 pm CAT

Break-Out Session

Temitayo Ogunbiyi, visual artist, and Chef Renée Chuks, Co-Founder CEO Aldente Africa, will be in conversation to open understandings and interpretations of climate change and climate justice by discussing cookies, digital and edible ones.

11:30 Conversations with Children
A Youth Project by the Inclusivity Council
11:30 am – 12:15 pm CAT

As the next generation, children are an integral part of the climate equation. This activity highlights the perspectives of children from three African countries, Tunisia, Togo, and Botswana, through video and animation followed by an interactive discussion.

Poetic interlude by Hiwot Schulte (Ethiopia)

by Hiwot Schulte (Ethiopia)

12:30 Lotus of the Nile
A Game that Shares Sounds from the Nile
12:30 pm – 13:00 pm CAT

Under the theme ‘Resonance’ of London Design Biennale 2021, the Nairobi Design Week has created a game that shares sounds from different countries of the Nile.

13:30 – 14:00 // DJ BREAK /

DJ Sets by Catu Diosis (Uganda) & DJ Mura (Kenya)

Poetic interlude by Steve Mekoudja (Cameroon)

“Chère Eau” (“Dear Water”) by Steve Mekoudha (Cameroon)

14:00 – 16:00 🚌 CARAVAN 🚌

Hop on the African Crossroads Caravan and Tour the African Territories

TOURING THE HUBS

14:15 32° East Ugandan Arts Trust (Kampala, Uganda)

14:25 Karen Village (Nairobi, Kenya)

15:35 Bustop TV (Harare, Zimbabwe)

14:15 – 16:15 BREAK OUT SESSIONS

14:15 – 16:15 < BOR 1 > TOGUNA Workshop
Workshop by Pierre-Christophe Gam (Cameroon)
14:15 pm – 16:15 pm CAT

TOGUNA is a hybrid digital and mixed media Art installation, fusing storytelling and future thinking, which aims to provide an interactive public forum for a panafrican conversation on the future of the African continent.

14:15 – 15:15 < BOR 2 > AR Design & 3D Printing
AR Presentation by Jeremiah Ikongio at hFACTOR hub
14:15 pm – 15:15 pm CAT

Different pots are recreated as 3D assets with photogrammetry and then using Artificial Intelligence design the the 3D model for interaction at various levels with Augmented Reality and 3D Printing using recycled materials.

16:00 – 16:30 // DJ BREAK //

DJ Sets by Sensei Lo (Nigeria) & Mokeyanju (Germany/Nigeria)

16:30 – 19:30 🔥 FIRE BLOCK 🔥_E-COEXISTENCE

CONVERSATIONS ON FIRE WITH AFRICAN CROSSROADS 2021 DATA

How can an ecologically conscious society be designed with the involvement of the citizens? How can we use digital tools to reform our decision making processes across territorial scales?

Join this last session and express your emotional votes through fluid democracy.

Poetic interlude by Senetisiwe (Eswatini)

by Senetisiwe (Eswatini)

16:40 Future(s) of African Crossroads – Share your dreams & visions

Share your experiences and how to articulate African Crossroads to best support its members.

17:20 Sound Atlas
Collecting and sharing Sound Effects, Stories, and Songs

Have a look and a hear at the African harvested sounds.

17:45 Ecoexistence Jam
What experiences will come?

Team up and join the Ecoexistence Game Jam starting on Oct. 15th!

18:30 Collective Manifesto on Ecoexistence

WHERE DO WE LAND AFTER 2 DAYS?


Have a first glimpse at our collective manifesto and vote for the articles to include or reject.

19:00 – 19:30 // GRAND FINAL // KIUNGA ALBUM #2 RELEASE //

We’re launching the Kiunga Album #2 !

ECOLLECTIVE CURATORIAL STATEMENT

In the following text, “we” refer to “all forms of life represented by African Crossroads members and their contexts”

A simple question that had yet to embrace two intimidating terms which state the need for increased inclusivity of under-represented groups in the creation, facilitation and advocacy on innovative climate solutions.

In a typical African Crossroads fashion, we set out to make this question more relatable by putting our ears to the ground and collecting our members’ individual and shared experiences.

Down to earth, we identified 10 key ideas that spanned over awareness, territoriality and conditions of existence. That was the starting point for our conversations. As the collective exercise turned into an exercise of definition, we set multiple conversations as ways to experiment together. In our new-age councils, we’ve advanced through distributed decision making.

In our Clubhouse hangouts, Mixcloud sessions and Tweetchats, we’ve harnessed an expanded collective intelligence. We’ve upgraded dialogues into multilogues through our Climathon, hybrid residency and Ubuntu sessions.

From traditional togunas and palaver trees, we’ve set regenerative practices to compose with the intelligence of the biomes. We are now ready for you to take part in a climate jam, and a first-hand experience of fluid democracy through quadratic voting.

THROUGH CONVERSATIONS…

we raised infrequently asked questions (IAQs):


  • What’s the closest thing to you that you can eat and that is not from a supermarket?
  • In a future where machines are better, what’s our purpose?
  • Can nature defend itself?
  • If it’s too hot for some now, what about when I’m old?
  • What’s your favourite flavour of plastic?
  • If climate is cultural, then are actions reversible?
  • Is it more important to put water in swimming pools or in agriculture?
  • How to re-engineer everyday life for a green recovery?
  • How do data, energy and climate interconnect?
  • Is it about what water can do for me, or is it about what I can do for water?
  • What type of afterworld are we dreaming of?
  • Is there such a thing as a crisis of the climate, or a crisis of the relations?


This pan-African consultation pointed in one strong direction: the climate crisis is a crisis of attention. A crisis of attention to oneself (when life switches online, are our body and mind still connected to our context?); a deficit of attention to each other; an absence of attention to the environnemental elements; in the end, a crisis of coexistence: how do we co-exist on Earth? 


Join ECOEXISTENCE, a call for writing A COLLECTIVE MANIFESTO on how to restore a symbiotic relationships between humans and other-than-human entities (natural elements, animals, data-generated avatars and others).


Welcome to the 2021 edition of African Crossroads, an experiment to intentionally build synergies between individual practices; to spread awareness, knowledge and practice about the changing relationship between humans, nature and technology; to organise societies in an ecologically benefitting manner for all forms of life.

Eco-Existence:// when did we unlearn to co-exist with Earth?

We are still learning how to coexist with COVID-19. If the political and sanitary conditions have been forced, the life conditions of this coexistence are still to be imagined.

And beyond COVID-19, the 2021 edition of African Crossroads is a call to invent the rights for different habitats, a call to reconsider nature and the fundamental reality that all living creatures form an interconnected web on Earth.

Nature is not limited to greenhood and landscapes are not only background sets. #WeAreEarth, and as such we need to reassess our existing relationships, from extractive mining activities to allyship, from sustainable hubs to solidarity as a way of living borrowed from nature.

If a human and a company can own a legal existence, how can a river, a forest or any natural element benefit from a rights-based environmental personhood and be granted an identical protected status?


E-Coexistence://how to learn to co-exist with data-generated entities?/

Africa is to be explored through a vast set of data. The physical data from tree rings, ice cores, fossil leaves, ocean sediments that have all preserved characteristics of the climatic conditions and allow us to read the history of the Earth climate.

Another range of climate proxies: the stories, the traditions and the indigenous knowledge systems. They all have captured the hidden, lost and absent data of the past relations to our environments and can help voice a renewed type of connection.

And digital data.

  • Now that AI is being given increasing rights of existence, to the point of being legally considered as the inventor on patent fillings (Australia),
  • How do we e-coexist with such newly data-generated entities?
  • What does data say about the realities they do not measure?
  • How is the weather under the online clouds?
  • How to e-coexist in the metaverse?
  • Is there a possibility of green cryptocurrencies?
  • How much digital data do we all generate and consume even when watching a still sunset via a webcam?
Special guest: the Air

For the past 2 years, the Air has been regarded with suspicion, as one of the major vehicles of a deadly virus. African Crossroads dedicates the 2021 edition to the invigorating air, the one that inspires, the one that we expire, the one that brings music to our ears, the support of our collective knowledge that radiates when shared in conversations, the medium that translates our recent lifestyle shift from reading to listening.

African Crossroads On Air:

Tune in to the Kiunga Radio, a virtual interactive experience to be heard AND to be seen on October 14 and 15th, 2021.


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