BOZAR LAB Arts & Tech Webinar II

AI & Arts in Africa: from an AI for Africans to an African AI

STARTS TalkApril 22 20214 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

With our second BOZAR LAB Arts & Tech webinar, we want to give more visibility to reflections and discussions at the crossing borders of arts, artificial intelligence, and green deal challenges in different African countries. Our speakers will present a mapping of the state of the latest developments of AI in Africa today, and discuss opportunities for the future of African tech. Inviting together scientists and artists, as we are used to doing at BOZAR LAB, we encourage our audience to reflect on this topic from various perspectives.

The current AI is designed for Africans but not by Africans. Yet, the continent has a vibrant scene of communities and start-ups. Faced with challenges specific to the continent, for example lacking data to train the machines, African data scientists develop with ingenuity new approaches to develop AI.

And how do artists react to these societal changes? How do they also contribute to innovation in society, through artistic exploration and their critical eye?

Language: English


16.00-16.15: Keynote by Sedjro Mensah – Mapping AI in Africa
16.15- 17.10: Discussion between Manthia Diawara, Jenifer Kwentoh, Diyé Dia, and Emo de Medeiros, moderated by Sedjro Mensah.
17.10-17.25: Q & A with the audience.
17.25-17.30: Conclusion and closing of the session

Guest speakers:

Sedjro Mensah, innovation strategy consulting
Manthia Diawara, writer and filmmaker
Emo de Medeiros, artist
Diyé Dia, Data Scientist and AI Entrepreneure
Jennifer C. Kwentoh-Anionwu, AI/ML Engineer

Manthia Diawara, ‘Improbable Algorithms – AI & Africa’ (working title), with from left to right physicist Dr Raoul Frese, anthropologist Dr Jean-Paul Colleyn, Manthia Diawara and Mme Dramé (with book) among a gardening collective, Toubab Dialaw, Senegal, 2