Skip to main content
The event you were looking for has already taken place. Find many more events, tips and recommendations in Berlin's biggest event calendar on

On the connection between times, knowledge and the present

AI: Ancestral Immediacies presents a variety of events including screenings, performances, talks, lectures and installations. The goal of these events is to question the prevailing narrative of artificial intelligence as a disembodied, universal superintelligence.

Contrary to the technocratic vision of AI that says it will either dominate humanity or destroy it, this event emphasizes that AI and technology in general have always been closely linked to cultural-historical circumstances and human bodies.

The effects of AI can already be seen in the present, for example through targeted advertising tailored to personal profiles or denial of access to housing, work or government benefits due to dubious biometric identification.

AI: Ancestral Immediacies builds on the knowledge of human and technological ancestors. As a technology of collective knowledge, it brings plural pasts directly into the present. Artists, theorists and programmers discuss the possibilities of forecasting and shaping the future by analyzing neglected and hardly illuminated pasts and present.

The event raises questions about which techniques of prophecy and foresight lead to which futures. It investigates to what extent ritual practices and technologies of knowledge production are based on pattern recognition. It also sheds light on how the diverse ancestral and spiritual mediations of past futures are prevented, exploited and destroyed by technocratic visions.

AI: Ancestral Immediacies thus creates a critical awareness that illuminates the complexities of AI and technology in relation to the past, present and future, while honoring and protecting traditional and spiritual aspects.

Sammy Baloji, blk banaana, Che Buford, Manthia Diawara, Ariana Dongus, Marisa Duarte, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Josh Anio Grigg, Karen Hao, Sun-ha Hong, Tung-Hui Hu, Özgün Eylül İşcen, Petja Ivanova, Exosé Existe, Nane Kahle, Kwasi Konadu, Vishal Kumaraswamy, Outi Laiti, Astan Meyer , Tabita Rezaire, SERAFINE1369, Zora Snake, Joana Varon

Admission is free. All events, with the exception of the film talk, will be translated simultaneously.


Friday 28 July 2023
AI: African Intelligence
Film screening and talk with Manthia Diawara & Kwasi Konadu
Miriam Makeba Auditorium

When the Spirits Dance We
Performance by Adama Delphine Fawundu & Che Buford
Semra Ertan Garden
Saturday 29 July 2023
There is No Such Thing as Past or Future! AI Colonialism, Ancestral Immediacies and the Order of the Multiple Present
Film screening “Deep Down Tidal” by Tabita Rezaire and keynote by Karen Hao
Safi Faye Hall
Before and After Certainty. Technologies of Knowledge Production in an Age of Speculation
Panel discussion with Kwasi Konadu, Joana Varon, Sun Ha Hong & Petja Ivanova
Safi Faye Hall
AI: Ancestral Interconnection, the Multidimensional Aspect of Data
Performance by Nane Khale, Zora Snake, Exocé Existe & Astan Meyer
Bessie Head Foyer
Holding Deadlock
Keynote by Tung-Hui Hu, followed by a discussion with Vishal Kumaraswamy
Safi Faye Hall
Sunday 30 July 2023
Counter-Futuring: Past Futures and Speculative Presences of Computing
Keynote by Özgün Eylül İşcen, followed by a discussion with Ariana Dongus
Safi Faye Hall

Part of the Fabric of the Universe, and in a Particular Position to Marvel at its Great Beauty
Panel discussion with Sammy Baloji, Outi Laiti, Marisa Duarte & Karen Hao
Safi Faye Hall

I I I (something flat, something cosmic, something endless)
Performance by SERAFINE1369
Forough Farrokhzad Garden
Additional information