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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 six clusters — held together by Jasmina Al-Qaisi and Ralf Wendt (Halle), Jeunialissime (Scaly Kep'na and guests [Kinshasa]), Nyabinghi Lab (Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Saskia Köbschall and Tmnit Zere [Berlin]), ACUD MACHT NEU (Ange da Costa, Laba Alamazani Ebisa, Tresor Ilunga Mukuna and guests [Berlin]), Cécile Walo and guests (Goma), and of course the Afrika Diva Collectif itself (represented by Majousko, Bernie Bobina Mpia, Gina Ndaya, Sarah Ndele, Orakle Ngoy [Kinshasa]) — to discuss connections and disconnections, colonial repercussions, im-/possible ways of interacting beyond colonial power structures and other spam, including all the impossible translations and idiosyncratic language mixes.

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