The meticulous construction of Oracle Afronaut will be documented throughout the residency. Built from sheet metal in collaboration with local craftsmen, its rusty texture will mirror that of its ‘space base’, the Nima settlement in Accra, Ghana. The transformation of the substrate, used for construction in the area yet often associated with decay and dilapidation, is intended to inspire new possibilities and reconnect the predominantly Muslim and marginalised community inhabiting this locale with the material in a positive way.
The residents will be amongst the first people invited inside the rocket where they will be encouraged to share their imagined perceptions of space. The resulting audio will be digitally accessible worldwide and will form the outline of a new audio piece by Steloolive. These photos show highlights from the first week of the build, for more updates check the Guest Projects Instagram stories.