Manthia Diawara, Tarek Besold & Raoul Frese

Within the framework of the Scientist in Residence Programme, Gluon launched a project with artist Manthia Diawara and researchers Tarek Besold (Alpha Health AI Lab) and Raoul Frese (Faculty of Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, VU Amsterdam). Their meetings took place at Manthia’s residency in the village of Yenne, nearby Dakar, Senegal. 

The artist and the researchers reflected together on the relationship of Senegalese people with technology and artificial intelligence, and they carried on interviews with women working on the market, fishermen and a traditional healer. The project will be further developed over the course of 2020 and will result in a movie exploring the parallel between AI and African traditional beliefs systems.

The Scientist in Residence programme is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission.