Modern African Classics

Robin Bergman
April 2nd 2014

Fabrics are in the heart of many African cultures. The patterns on their rich decorated fabrics represent a certain mind-set, emotion or philosophy.
As a result of our growing technosphere, the classical patterns used for generations have been redefined by the Dutch textile manufacturer Vlisco.

Patterns traditionally decorated with numbers, mathematics and letters of the alphabet were worn by people to point out the fact that they have a proper education and know how to read and write. It can also represent the importance of giving a good education to their children, saving money to realize this purpose.

Vlisco came up with an updated version of this pattern: a laptop showing this classic education related print on his screen. Suggesting that knowledge nowadays relates to our technosphere.

More to be found on: Department of History University of California, Berkeley Professor Abena Dove Osseo-Asare

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Siri Beerends: I really embrace the idea that viruses can teach us a lesson in modesty. It is necessary that our position as the dominant species on the planet is being challenged. I also agree that it is a mistake to think that we are becoming Gods. But unfortunately, this is actually what is happening now. Corona doesn’t teach us to be modest, it teaches us how we can -as quickly as possible- go back to business as usual: saving our capitalistic economy.

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