Figuration of an African digital entrepreneur

Wahome, Michel; Rottenburg, Richard and Gueye, Oulimata and McHardy, Julien and Ziegler, Philipp and Thiossane, Kër and Art Museum, Wits and Karlsruhe, ZKM, eds. (2021) Figuration of an African digital entrepreneur. In: Digital Imaginaries. Kerber Verlag, Berlin. ISBN 9783735606570

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Abstract

Maurice Mbikayi's sculpture, Techno Dandy, solicits a reflection on African digital entrepreneurs. In light of my research interests, Techno Dandy evokes for me the interaction of local and global digital capitalisms and the fabrications that emerge. Fabrication here refers to 'making', 'making up' and 'making do'. At the global scale both digitization and capitalism are envisioned as part and parcel of a seamless system of technology production that is desirable and replicable in every locale. Zoom into the microscale and you find attempts to syncretize the globalising model into local modes of existence.