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      Afrobits: An interactive installation of African music and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade

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      Proceedings of EVA London 2020 (EVA 2020)

      AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination

      6th July – 9th July 2020

      Interaction design, Digital humanities, History, Cultural heritage, Museum studies

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            This paper introduces Afrobits, an interactive installation about African music and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Its main aim is to bring to light invisible stories hidden behind geographic epistemologies. The installation highlights the contribution that African cultures had on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the world, such as popular music. Although it covers diverse countries, we focused on the Americas, placing emphasis on Latin-America as the biopolitical space that enabled the integration of native cultures with African peoples. As this project involved web scientists, graphic designers, historians, digital humanists and artists, we also discuss the benefits of interdisciplinary research; contributions from University researchers for the development of storytelling projects for the Cultural Heritage sector; and the implementation of complex technologies and research methods.

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            This paper introduces Afrobits, an interactive installation about African music and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Its main aim is to bring to light invisible stories hidden behind geographic epistemologies. The installation highlights the contribution that African cultures had on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the world, such as popular music. Although it covers diverse countries, we focused on the Americas, placing emphasis on Latin-America as the biopolitical space that enabled the integration of native cultures with African peoples. As this project involved web scientists, graphic designers, historians, digital humanists and artists, we also discuss the benefits of interdisciplinary research; contributions from University researchers for the development of storytelling projects for the Cultural Heritage sector; and the implementation of complex technologies and research methods.

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            Conference
            July 2020
            July 2020
            : 106-111
            Affiliations
            [0001]Liverpool John Moores University

            Liverpool, UK
            [0002]Lancaster University

            Lancaster, UK
            [0003]University College London

            London, UK
            [0004]EatenAlive

            Warrington, UK
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            10.14236/ewic/EVA2020.19
            898398ea-069f-4b29-814e-f3fd13a4d3ea
            © Pereda et al. Published by BCS Learning & Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2020

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            Proceedings of EVA London 2020
            EVA 2020
            30
            London
            6th July – 9th July 2020
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

            Applied computer science, Computer science, Security & Cryptology, Graphics & Multimedia design, General computer science, Human-computer-interaction

            History, Interaction design, Digital humanities, Cultural heritage, Museum studies

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