SPAM: A radio program of undesired-desired messages
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.
At SPAM@ACUD we delve into the intercultural experience of spam in-between Germany and D.R.Kongo experienced by the Congolese Diaspora in Berlin. Artist Laba Alamanzani Ebisa, Musician Ange da Costa, Film maker Tresor Ilunga Mukuna, artists Chris Mukenge, Lydia Schellhammer and Johannes Braun from ACUD discuss the topic of unwanted Messages in relation to Religion, Sex and Europe.
What is Spam telling about our societies, our longings and the state 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 the Spam know better who we are and what we want than ourselves?
Funded by the Goethe Institut International Co-Production fund.