Frequency 2021 Programme

Ancestral Wisdoms

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Ancestral Wisdoms – Ifeatu Nnaobi

Date: Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 October

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Central Library

If you could ask your ancestors (living or dead) a question, what would it be?

This interactive installation invites participants to join in a conversation across continents and across time. A customised Artificial Intelligence platform receives queries from members of the public and generates answers at random, offering advice gained from generations past.

Will your burning questions chime with a voice echoing down the ages? Acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Ifeatu Nnaobi’s latest project uses AI technology to explore questions about connection, heritage and displacement.

Part of the Digital Democracies commissioning programme.

About the Artist

Ifeatu Nnaobi is a filmmaker and photographer focused on conceptual and documentary storytelling. Ifeatu’s work has been featured at The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Sheffield DocFest, Future of Storytelling NYC, Haus der Kulturen Welt, and Les Rencontres d’Arles. They are a National Geographic Explorer currently based in Berlin, Germany.

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About the Commission

Ancestral Wisdoms has been produced by Lighthouse and commissioned through Digital Democracies. A two-year programme led by Threshold Studios and supported by Arts Council England. Digital Democracies connects three UK-based commissioning festivals, Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture (Produced by Threshold Studios), Freedom Festival (Produced by Freedom Festival Arts Trust) and Brighton Digital Festival (Directed by Lighthouse), along with a network of associate partners and collaborators across the UK.


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