Limbo Accra meets artist Ibiye Camp

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Limbo Accra and Ibiye Camp talk about African cityscapes and digital archives

In your profile series with Ghana’s spatial design studio Limbo Accra, you’ll meet its extensive network of collaborators. Here, spatial artist Ibiye Camp concludes his journey with a discussion about African cityscapes and digital archives.

Over the past year, Ghana’s spatial design studio Limbo Accra has had a series of conversations with Wallpaper * in Africa and its diaspora, engaging with creative practitioners who inspire the studio. From food-century Gerald’Corp’Cooper’s photography democratization of architectural perspectives to Alaska’s Tawanda Chiweche’s challenging design paradigm, and nm bello Studio’s Nifemi Marcus Bello to the next generation of African designers. We conclude this series with empowerment. By exploring an early collaboration between Limbo Accra and artist Ibiye Camp.

Ibie Camp and Limbo Akra

Ibiye Camp is an interdisciplinary artist and lecturer at the Royal College of Arts (RCA) in London. Her work in the camp with her Nigerian mother and British father reflects her upbringing, straddling the binary of her identity. In addition, she grew up against the backdrop of London’s East Street Market and found that the camp was “looking for Nigeria” at “a stall selling plantain, yam, scotch bonnet, lace, and Dutch wax prints.” Textiles, market stalls, labor themes in public spaces.

Ibie Camp Area snap device (data: new black gold)

The camp reflects that she was “always interested in architecture.” She applied for a master’s degree in architecture from RCA. This was drawn to the opportunity to explore social and architectural crossroads across myriad media. Camp investigated data centers with a keen interest in technology, “how the structure of imperialism affects Internet access in Africa.”

She began using photogrammetry, scanning moments of data exchange in places such as the Barogon Market in Lagos, and better documenting space in a way that “represents the actions that occur within the space.”

Area snap device (data: new black gold) Movie still

Dominique Petit Frere, the founder of Limbo Akra, naturally in Akra in late 2021 due to the practice of revitalizing unfinished construction sites through creative expression and the camp method of documenting spatial activities through technology. Brought about a confluence. We are currently planning to scan various sites across West Africa, including Accra and Freetown, to create digital archives.

These limbo structures are recognizable aesthetics throughout West Africa and have deep cultural significance. “They reflect different levels of exploitation within the construction industry and their nullification effect on cityscapes,” explains Petit-Frère. Petit-Frère guided the camp to the Labadi Beach Tower in Accra. A 17-story building, one of the two will be built and will be scanned. The camp states: I ended up going around the building because there was a caretaker who warned me that I couldn’t get close and it wasn’t safe. She describes it as a “ghostly being.”

Rabadi Beach Tower.Image: Courtesy of Limbo Accra and Ibiye Camp

In small structures, chairs, laundry, or fabrics that cross fictitious doorways show signs of inhabitants. Petit-Frère states:

This pair of digital archives casts doubt on the future of Africa’s urban landscape, keeping pace with the reconstruction of the world’s digital space. It explores how urbanists, designers and artists can likewise create new spatial relics for Petit Frere that “respect their vision at the same time and at the same time turn them into the future.” increase. Planning for first-person controllers and augmented reality features will allow users to highlight views, boundaries, and details of individual sites, eventually leading to parts of a wider 3D digital city where exploration, residence, and roaming are possible. Form. In addition to field recordings and interviews collected from the location, this multi-layer digital document of incomplete space enables “update and restore of structural life”.

Airport tower.Image: Courtesy of Limbo Accra and Ibiye Camp

Limbo Accra shared the beginning of the digital archive with Camp at Limbo Accra’s original activation site in East Legon, along with local digital artists David Alabo and DatArt God (Ohemeng Oware Jr). This was an opportunity to invite a wide range of circles to engage in the development of collaboration, opening up the digital archive to public contributions from local photographers and urbanists.

Petit-Frère is particularly empowered by the organic process of exchanging information with Akra’s other female architects and designers: “A new way to experiment, experience, and see the city as a playground using architecture. I found it. ”

Petit Frere reflected the ideas shared at the World Around Summit in New York and the Digital Domain in early 2022, and such partnerships brought the reality of African infrastructure to more viewers and they. Is a globally constructed language as an identifiable, imaginable and activating space. §

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Data New Black Gold 3D Freetown model


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