Virtual Walking Tour Shaping the Past: Missing Black Technofossil Here

Missing Black Technofossil Here © Quentin Vercetty

Fri, 07/23/2021


Afro-Indigenous Futures - Reflections on (post-)colonial pasts, presents and futures

Virtual Walking Tour with Quentin VerCetty
The multidisciplinary Canadian artist Quentin VerCetty invites you to follow him on a virtual walking tour in Rogers Park neighborhood, in which monuments are to be reimagined by highlighting neglected Black biographies. This will be followed by an online conversation, inviting participants to speculate with the artist on the past, present and future of monuments and the representation of Black people in public space.

Join the Walk and Talk
Missing Black Technofossil Here is a public space intervention and conversation proposed by multidisciplinary Canadian artist and Monument Lab fellow Quentin VerCetty. — This event is part of the ongoing project Shaping the Past, a transnational exchange program bringing artists and activists together in dialogue to highlight ongoing critical memory interventions in sites and spaces in North America and Germany.

About the Project
Missing Black Technofossils Here
looks at absent, erased and not yet told memories and narratives of Black people whose stories and data are not available for public view and in the landscapes of Rogers Park. The project will encourage users to engage with concepts of Afrofuturism through Augmented Reality.

Quentin VerCetty uses augmented reality, digital 3D-art and -printing to address  that “the absence of Black representation in art” is erasure. Intervening their nonappearance, the artist's multi-layered process combining research, computer-generated and -haptic-modelling aims to create digital imagery as well as sculptural works that ultimately embody within the city-scape Black  community leaders. As memorials of representation these works are meant to be understood as Afrofuturistic technofossils functioning as an example of sankofanology, connecting the past, present, and future through its existence. Quentin's work also intersects with the recent debates of the renaming of the so-called “Mohrenrondell” in Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, Germany, and to the removal of confederate and colonial figures across the Black diaspora globally.


shaping the past

Shaping the Past is a partnership of the Goethe-Institut North America, Monument Lab, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education). The project connects to the activist and artistic work of local, national, and transnational movements as a reflection of memory culture and discusses new perspectives on forms of memory.