As Arnolifni kicks off a series of immersive artist takeovers with Afrometropolis, we asked Dr Edson Burton from the Pervasive Media Studio what we can look forward to...


1. Get special out of hours access to the current Arnolfini exhibition 

The current Basim Magdy exhibition can be enjoyed for free during normal opening hours, but why not come and experience the other-worldly film collages away from the crowds and with a glass of wine in hand. 

2. Deliver your favourite poem to the spoken word corner

Slam champion & poetry night organiser Malika Kegode will host a spoken word happening inspired by writers Saul Williams and seminal Black feminist Audre Lorde. Bring and share your poems, reflections, flash fiction or prose, or freestyle a verse on the night.

3. Debate a manifesto for your future city

Dr Emmanuel Adukwu (UWE) will facilitate an open audience discussion on the manifesto for the Afrometropolis.

4. Make new friends at the BYO Instrument  

Singer Priscilla Anderson and company will provide the core for a music jam. Be entertained, and with Priscilla's guidance lend your voice to this smorgasbord of sound.

5. Get stuck into making a visual paradise

A live collaboration between Adam Murray & Drojan Designs will add, assemble, cut and paste images to create an evolving audio-visual picture of Afrometropolis on the night.

6. Transport yourself into chapters of Afrofuturist cinema

A series of short films curated by Come the Revolution, in partnership with Afrika eye, will set the stage for the evening of events by featuring afrofuturist shorts. 

7. Dance late into the night with Afrometropolitan inspired tunes

Arnolfini will become Afrometropolis – a futuristic funkadelic new city curated by Come the Revolution & The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut. Through live audiovisual mash-ups, projections, spoken word, debate and a music jam the soul of a new city will be created.

But what is Afrometropolis?

In the beginning Afrometropolis was this:

From concrete jungles and tormented fields they broke free, leaving behind politiricks & commoditiy culture, and greed. They travelled to an unclaimed land where they built a city upon derailed histories and daring dreams. Into that city they wove the ideas that were deemed too bold, too banal to come into being. The city lived and breathed humanity - humanity in harmony with itself with nature and the new tools called technology. 'Status'  'Depression', 'diversity,' 'enemies' 'law' 'loser' - these words these concepts fell away as they lived out a new reality. In this city art is food, learning is growth and every voice is loved like a last morsel. Freed from fear, every citizen is a poet, a musician, counsellor. The citizens named the city Afrometropolis and invited all who came, open and unafraid, to be part of its creation. One day from the citizens of this city, a mighty ship will set sail for the stars. 

Find out more on the creation of the Afrometropolis in Dr Edson's blog 

Afrometropolis is at Arnolfini on Friday 26 May, 6pm-12am


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