TECHNOLOGY MEETS CULTURE
We believe in the power of technology and the promise of culture.
Recently founded, African Digital Heritage is an organisation that seeks to advocate for, and promote the best use of technology in the curation, preservation and dissemination of African history and culture. By focusing on digital solutions for cultural institutions, we hope to cement the place of African culture in an era of rapidly changing technologies and endless frontiers.
We explore aspects such as digitisation, digital documentation and digital visualisation by partnering with organisations, institutions and communities around the continent. In doing so, we aim to highlight heritage in danger of disappearance and bring to the fore-front lesser known stories and perspectives. Our inspiration stems from a deep commitment to the continent's diverse history, and a curiosity that drives us to continuously push the limits of technology, arts and culture.
A 3D Reconstruction of Samburu Railway Station. Following the initial Save The railway project, this 3D reconstruction is the first step in creating a virtual tour that will take the user through the history of the railway and the construction of the station. Using memories and audio from the interviews carried out during the trip. This digital experience aims not only to be immersive but highly emotive.
Why digital, Why heritage?
Today we ask, “What does it mean to be disconnected from your identity, but connected to the world?”
We believe that culture and heritage play a big role in fostering social identities yet African culture and cultural institutions remain severely under represented due to a lack of funding, equipment and expertise. We see this as more of opportunity than a setback.
A digital perspective to African preservation
Who are we? How do we see ourselves? These questions are as straightforward as they are complex . The burden of what we know as African history is that it has always been told to us, not so much for us to appreciate and feel proud of, but to accept and not question.
In many ways this is still reflected in our school curriculums and cultural institutions, but in the face of changing media and technology, I see an opportunity to change this, even in the slightest of ways. The situation we find ourselves in today is peculiar, as we see the power balance shift from institution to individual...What does this mean for African cultural institutions?