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Tools for Conviviality
Anna Ehrenstein

Tools for Conviviality, Anna Ehrenstein

Tools for Conviviality, Anna EhrensteinTools for Conviviality
Anna Ehrenstein

In collaboration with Awa Seck, Don Kafele, Lydia Likibi, Saliou Ba, and Nyamwathi Gichau.


145 pages
195 x 250 mm
ISBN 9783954764723


Published for a multimedia exhibition at C/O Berlin, this publication by German artist Anna Ehrenstein (born 1993) tackles the sociocultural consequences of digitisation in a global context. Developed in Senegal, the project centres on collective research with local artists and thinkers. Based on the 1973 book of the same title by the philosopher Ivan Illich, the project questions the utopian vision of modern technology as a neutral tool. The artist recruited a team of colleagues who availed themselves of Senegal’s comparatively loose visa regulations to migrate to the country’s capital, Dakar, which beckons with welcoming working conditions for artists and a thriving creative scene. Throughout their process-based shared practice, they used documentary formats as a scaffold for collective speculation and communal creation.

About the Artist
Anna Ehrenstein (b. 1993; lives and works in Berlin and Tirana) studies the exchanges between humans and objects in the digital era. Individual realities and reflections around migrant visual cultures, diasporic narratives, networked images, and the class hierarchy of pixels constitute the foci of her creative practice. In her current project Tools for Conviviality, Ehrenstein, in collaboration with Awa Seck, Don Kafele, Lydia Likibi, Saliou Ba, and Nyamwathi Gichau, uses photographs, installations, textile sculptures, and a 360° video to reflect on contemporary media and confront the cultural repercussions of migration and the rise of digital technology.

About the Publisher
Distanz publishes books on contemporary art, photography, architecture and design. Our imprint features catalogues, monographs and artist books exclusively printed in Germany and distributed worldwide.

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