Online + Frankfurt am Main | 15 – 23 October 2022

Master Class with Esther Mwema: Reimagining Alternative Futures, former UN staff member, activist, artist and recipient of the Mozilla Creative Media Award 2022

Esther Mwema uses storytelling to paint the relationship between big tech and digital colonialism. In her AFRO-GRIDS project she marries decolonial narratives and imaginative storytelling to explore the reality of undersea internet cables throughout the African continent. In her first-ever Master Class, the emerging artist and open internet leader will teach how storytelling can be used as a method for challenging digital colonialism, injustice, inequality, and power asymmetries. This Master Class offers explorations on how storytelling as a methodology can foster new imagination and play a central role for envisioning alternative realities for just and equitable digital futures. Esther Mwema shares her creative process in decolonial constructs for counter narratives, character development and indeed, constructive reimaginings.

Saturday, 15/10/2022

02:30 PM – 03:30 PM

Johannes Grenzfurthner (Host)

Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His … Read more

Esther Mwema

Emerging Zambian artist, former UN worker, and activist Esther Hadassah Mwema explores digital inequalities in her innovative art. In 2022 she was awarded with the Mozilla Creative Media award for her work 'AfroGrids' which uses afro-futuristic storytelling to examine the relationship between … Read more