POSTPONED – Hidden from View? The Colonial Impact of Technology

Please note: due to the current covid situation, this event is being postponed to the spring.

Join us for an evening of film, talk, and conversation! Register through the X website here (event is listed as “The Colonial Impact of Techn”).

19:30pm – Talk & Essay Film by Sami Hammana
20:15pm – Talk by Antoin Deul: colonial violence in past and present technology
20:35pm – Interactive discussion: dilemmas of engineering.

Whether it is the hazy image of a worker walking transoceanic distances – manually unspooling their undersea-cables from the reel of a steel-hulled ship; or, the cartographic imagery of those same cables, laying across the navigational routes of 16th and 17th century colonial wooden ships. The film ‘~~~~’ engages with these images – ‘partial’ or ‘imperceptible’ in their own ways – with the aim of aesthetically elucidating the complicity of contemporary maritime technology with colonial violence. 

Sami Hammana (NL) draws parallels between the Dutch colonial past and current financial practices that are spreading globally through undersea cable networks. The hypothesis of his research project is simple: there is no functional difference between the colonial practices of the Dutch East India Company fleet and the contemporary speculative market economy that is propagated across the globe via submarine cables. 

Sami Hammana is an artist and educator whose practice is primarily concerned with the limits of perception. His work often results in visual projects that are either accompanied by or infested with texts. Since 2019, Hammana has been coordinating and teaching with the Honours Programme at the Willem de Koning Academie

As in colonial times, the negative impact of our technological civilization on nature, culture, and marginalized people is often hidden from view. During his decades as a chemical engineer, Antoin Deul was involved in large water management projects around the world where he witnessed the violence and destructive side effects of this technology. Along with his experience, Antoin adds a perspective on colonial history and the lens through which it can be seen at work today. 

Antoin Deul is a chemical engineer with decades of experience under his belt. He is also the former director of NinSee (The National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy), co-founder of the Black Renaissance Collective, and most recently founder of Nature’s Narrative at Pakhuis de Zwijger.

After the film and talk, Sami and Antoin will join in conversation with the room. Reflecting on the colonial framework that they’ve introduced, we will investigate questions and dilemmas about modern technology, power structures, and how to make the invisible visible. E.g., can we just do whatever we want in nature? Is (some) technology inherently colonial? And what does this mean for your future as an engineer, designer, or architect? 

This event is organized in collaboration with X TU Delft

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