Discussion Simulating Futures

Games and Politics Exhibition Kenya © Goethe-Institut

Wed, 23.10.2019

Goethe-Institut Nairobi

No. 3, Monrovia Street
Maendeleo House

This multi-disciplinary panel discussion invites the public to think about futures through simulation. Protagonists from the art scene together with people from the gaming and animation scene, as well as writers will present and discuss their works and visions. What can and shall we simulate? What is reality? The discussion aims to explore what Jean Baudrillard called the “the desert of the real itself”, the “hyperreal”, where reality and fiction cannot be distinguished anymore. The Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu pointed out that “technology is our mirror” and we will follow this quote and look into the mirror, to link cross-genre works in the visual arts and storytelling that share a similar ground envisioning a world that appears between or beyond reality and sci-fi. Simulation allows exploring both the playful and the critical, and leads to the question: How can this direct us towards a future and how can we create a future through simulation?
The discussion is part of the framework programme to the Games & Politics exhibition