Kaimera's SPACES project in Mozambique
As a company that believes in the transformative power of the arts and aims to use its work as a catalyst for dialogue, the initial weeks of 2020 couldn’t have been at once more exciting and more humbling.
Kaimera was invited by the Collaboratory program at the US State Department, the US Embassy in Mozambique, and the Slave Wrecks Project of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture to explore the possibility of using our SPACES project as a connecting tissue between the artifacts retrieved from the sunken slave ships discovered off the shores of Ilha de Moçambique (the Island of Mozambique), and the past and present real life experiences of those living on the Island, where economic opportunities are scarce. Our team spent time in Maputo, the country’s capital, and in Ilha de Moçambique, where the project will take place. We met inspiring artists, organizations, scholars, local community leaders and community members. These encounters made this exploratory trip as rich and transformative as we anticipated.
We are now reflecting on our experience, exploring ways in which our work can be of service to the needs of the local community, while being fully conscious of the complex context and history, of our ignorance, and of our privilege as outsiders. Yes, this may be the toughest project our team has encountered to date, but we hope to do it justice.
CHIMÈRES at Le Lieu Unique
Following multiple residencies and performances in India and in the United States over the last two years, Kaimera brought its DATAPRINT initiative to France for a two-week residency in November 2019. The residency was part of the prestigious CHIMÈRES program at Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, administered by the French Ministry of Culture, Théâtre Nouvelle Generation, and Le Lieu Unique itself.
During the two-week period, the DATAPRINT team dug deep into the narrative of this part-performance and part-real life game experience, in which audiences will be invited to immerse themselves in a parallel universe where data is the rule of law. Character arcs were developed, scenes were drafted, and the dystopian DATAPRINT world was fleshed out in many exciting ways. We can’t reveal much of the details, but we can’t wait to bring this piece to the world! Our next residency will be in July 2020.
Kaimera and Association Française des Artistes de l’Immersif
Kaimera becomes a founding member and project leader of AFAI - Association Française des Artistes de l’Immersif, the first structure dedicated to the support of immersive arts in France.