The spirit of today is that we deny the spirits—and in so doing negate not only understanding but also future possibility. Bypassing Jamestown's history and pyscho-geography so rich it should blow minds, many too many passersby pass by everyday unawares—losing touch with the magic of that quantum mechanical African electronics that charges space while they simultaneously lose control—enslaved by mindless technology masterminded by webmasters in faraway lands—seeking solitary solace in social networks that ultimately suppress their spirit and the spirits. So much static that we forget to dream our own dreams. #OtublohumTransponder is a prototype bambot that intermixes dreams. Perhaps through hearing distant unknown voices we may rediscover our latent power to download from the past to imagine the future and recreate our own realities.
Otublohum Transponder is a prototype #bambot (bamboo architecture robot) installed in Otublohum Square, Jamestown as part of the sixth annual Chale Wote Street Arts Festival in Accra, Ghana. The theme of the 2016 edition was 'Spirit Robot', per organizers ACCRA [dot] ALT:
"The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets. The community-based festival takes place in James Town – Accra’s most historic community – and targets exchanges between scores of Ghana-based and international artists and patrons by creating and appreciating art together. Since 2011, CHALE WOTE has included graffiti murals, photography, theater, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, panels, tours, extreme sports, a film festival, a fashion parade, food and design markets...
In 2016, we ramp up the energy of CHALE WOTE by building a universal TRANSmitter – a singular architecture – that we call SPIRIT ROBOT. This immersive memory-tech presents a world within a world where life can be structured on different terms. CHALE WOTE 2016 exists as an interconnected system of pan-African geometry shifting. SPIRIT ROBOT is a sacred current that decodes worldly systems of racist capitalism, alienation and subjection. SPIRIT ROBOT mutates these frequencies as a way of creating new histories, art and knowledge."
[ With Yasmine Abbas & Nana Abrah-Asiedu ]