Welcome to this special STUDIOTOPIA Journey of Garden Amsterdam. In order to flip the more usual format of collaboration between an artist and scientist, Raoul Frese has taken on a three-year residency with filmmaker Manthia Diawara. Invited by GLUON (Brux. Belgium), their starting point was the impact of artificial intelligence at the village of Yene near Dakar (Senegal). Their investigation broadened into the challenges that local fishermen and farmers face, struggling to sustain themselves within a global economic context, in competition with large fishing trawlers from China and EU, the matriarchal community at that region, and the role of traditional medicine. This project developed in a documentary directed by Manthia Diawara, including Frese of which a clip is shown here.
Artists: Manthia Diawara (USA) and Raoul Frese (scientist, NL)