Jamestown is one of the oldest districts of Accra. Its complex structure of organic micro-architecture is said to have acted as a strategic escape mechanism during the slave trade. Today it is a vibrant place with historical texture and stories. Jamestown has been a fruitful soil for Ghanaian boxing legends. It is also a cultural metropolis during the Homowo celebrations of the Ga-Adangbe people and the famous Chale Wote Street Art festival.
I have created a time travel machine that mixed historical figures with idols of the present and speculative characters of the future to highlight the importance of storytelling and heroes in establishing a positive future.
The experience was using Web-AR technology so that everybody could see through the "magic glass" with a typical smartphone.
More than a hundred thousand people walked along Prof. Atta Mills High St. and witnessed the exhibition containing 4m high banners hanging on the walls of the Usher Fort. The Fort was selected to use the installation to create a hybrid ceremony of digital and analogue performance to cure the effects of captivity and violence within the fort for centuries. After being used during the slave trade, the fort was transformed into a prison. That created a need to set up a stage to heal the effects of human suffering.
ARbotage in Jamestown, Accra 2019