spam_visual_21

Spam are all the undesired messages which are sent to us, which we may or may not open but which nevertheless influence our lives, connect us and tell a story of our contemporary. Understood this way, we can for instance call the Congo conference of 1884–1885 one of the biggest spams of human history — sent out to millions of people before the internet or the idea of spam even emerged. With SPAM: A radio program of undesired-desired messages, the Afrika Diva Collectif activates four spaces in Germany (Berlin and Halle a.d. Saale) and the D.R. Congo (Kinshasa and Goma), to discuss connections and disconnections, colonial repercussions, im-/possible ways of interacting beyond colonial power structures and other spam.
SPAM@ACUD
In 2019 ACUD MACHT NEU hosted the YAMBI: Our House is Your House project, that had some lasting effects: among them friendships, collaborations and common questions between Kinshasa and Berlin.
With SPAM@ACUD we delve into the intercultural experience of spam in-between Germany and D. R. Congo, transferred and translated by three representatives of Berlin’s Congolese diaspora. Artist Laba Alamanzani Ebisa, musician Ange da Costa, film maker Tresor Ilunga Mukuna, artists Chris Mukenge and Lydia Schellhammer and ACUDs Johannes Braun discuss the topic of unwanted messages in relation to three main topics: religion, sex and Europe.
What is spam telling us about our societies, our longings and the states we are in? What roles and ideas is it imposing on us? Which images does it create and disseminate? Ultimately asking: desired or undesired — does our spam know better who we are and what we want, than ourselves?