09.12.2016 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Senegalese artists showcase their work through a video mapping installation at UNESCO HQ

“Leral Thiossane” in Paris: UNESCO as you have never seen before! The walls of UNESCO will host a video mapping installation showcasing the talent of Senegalese digital artists over the course of four days.

This year, the 10th Intergovernmental Committee on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions focuses on the impact of digital technology on creativity, for the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

For this purpose, the Secretariat of the 2005 Convention invited Ker Thiossane, a Villa for Art and Multimedia based in Dakar, Senegal, to create a digital art installation called "Leral thiossane," accessible to the public from 13-15 December 2016 (inauguration day: 13 December 2016, 17:00 Paris time).  

Video mapping is a new discipline at the crossroads of photography, music, graphic design, coding and engineering. In November 2016, an artist residency at Ker Thiossane gathered six Senegalese artists and musicians under the artistic and technical direction of Fausto Morales and curated by Marion Louisgrand-Sylla. The creative event that resulted from their joint-work has been possible thanks to the support of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

In Dakar, Ker Thiossane is a space for residencies, research, training, and creation that experiments with the integration of digital technologies into traditional artistic practices. Multimedia and art have the ability to transcend a multitude of disciplines and teach young artists to critically think about the work and society we live in,” co-founder of Ker Thiossane, Marion Louisgrand Sylla states. Ker Thiossane seeks to re-define how groundbreaking digital art can emerge from Africa.

During the 2016 Dak’Art Biennale, Ker Thiossane curated and produced three video mapping performances on three historical buildings in Dakar.  Carrefour de cultures was supported by  the European Union National Institute for Culture (EUNIC) Senegal and the European Union,  receiving very positive reviews and feedback.

“Leral thiossane” highlights the groundbreaking talent of communities in Dakar who explore artistic productions at the intersections of culture and technology. 

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