Kumbirai Makumbe - Evo's Turn
‘Evo’s Turn’ explores Makumbe’s questioning of our conceptualisation of blackness and its form. The work explores a seemingly uninhabited extra-terrestrial terrain accompanied by a monologue performed by Makumbe’s Voice clone Evo. Within this, Evo questions its own inherent blackness, as an avatar created by Makumbe, in a way synonymous to an artificial intelligence questioning its own sentience, or better yet, its ‘human-ness’.
Kumbirai Makumbe is an artist & designer who has a keen interest in curatorial methodologies.
They are situation dependant, transform and metamorphose to ceaselessly take on various forms and manoeuvre through a diverse range of spaces. They take special interest in the materiality of digitally generated matter, the endless possibilities of their employability but also their ever-increasing capabilities for communication.
They place significant effort into speculative explorations of alternative modes of being and thinking that could negate exclusionary acts and ideologies. Their work continually interrogates the multi-dimensionality of blackness, exclusionary acts and notions of inclusion, ‘in-betweeness’ and ‘caring’.
Being invited by the artist, the next artist showing is Simen Musaeus.
…by artists is an artist-led curatorial programme, where selected artists present online work and invite their peers to create a succession of content around the yearly theme for a period of two weeks. This strand of AOS aims to create networks between continents of digital artists as the current exhibiting artist is then asked to invite the next artist to participate in the project, keeping the chain going. The digital collage created through the ongoing series will become automatic, exploring various ideas as it develops, and aims to form a conversation between peer groups and acts as a stage for presenting new work by emerging artists.