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Tales Of A Nomadic City

Christian Vium & Mohamed Ould Lemine / Kathrine Fremming / Denmark & Mauritania

In a first-person VR experience, audiences encounter Mohamed, a former nomad living on the outskirts of Nouakchott (Mauritania), on a journey to one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. Composed of layered collages of film and archives, the experience collapses temporalities, unfolding the extraordinary transformation of the city through time.

In 1958, there were five hundred people in Nouakchott. Today, more than a million inhabit the rapidly growing city. In the same period, Mauritania experienced an unprecedented demographic transformation from an almost entirely nomadic society, into a sedentary nation-state. Juxtaposing contemporary everyday scenes, rare historical archives and an ambeosonic sound design, TALES OF A NOMADIC CITY reveals the layered and multifaceted history of Nouakchott, providing a remarkable portrait of urban transformation that will resonate with youth across the African continent and in the global South, where According to recent projections by the UN, 90 per cent of projected global urbanization in the coming three decades is estimated to occur on the African continent and, the urban population alone will grow by 1,5 billion, increasing pressure on the rapidly expanding urban peripheries. TALES OF A NOMADIC CITY chronicles this urgent theme through a collaborative approach.

TALES OF A NOMADIC CITY is developed with local citizens: youth, artists, poets, students, and scholars who bring to life authentic everyday experiences and personal stories through workshops. The VR experience is made available to local communities and international audiences, for educational and artistic purposes. In collaboration with local and international partners, TALES OF A NOMADIC CITY provides VR headsets to community centres and schools as well as museums, galleries, and cultural institutions. The VR experience is part of a generative digital platform assembling oral histories, vernacular archives, rare local archival film and photographs, a feature documentary about the city, as well as short documentary VR films accessible online via smartphones and tablets, inviting people to upload their personal stories, revisioning the history of the city for future generations.

Tales Of A Nomadic City

Christian Vium

Director

Biography

Christian is Associate Professor in Anthropology at Aarhus University (DK), where he directs the Multimodal Anthropology Lab. His work has been exhibited in 30+ exhibitions. He is PI on the projects ‘Tales of a Nomadic City’ (Wenner-Gren, 2023), and ‘Nordatlantiske Hverdagsfortællinger (VELUX, 2024-27). His monograph ‘Revisited’, will be published spring 2024 by SPECTOR books. He is finalizing his award-winning project ‘Departed’ on a Carlsberg Monograph Fellowship. In 2023-24, he is research fellow at the Film Studies Center, Harvard University (US).

Tales Of A Nomadic City

Mohamed Ould Lemine

Director

Biography

Med is a filmmaker and cinematographer with his own film production company based in Nouakchott, Mauritania. With more than ten years of experience as a freelance video- and photojournalist working for clients such as AFP, BBC, Aljazeera Documentary, the UN, Alaraby, DMI, the Goethe-Institut and GIZ. Founder of the Teranim Popular Art Center in Nouakchott, and cinematographer, editor, and producer on several award-winning documentary films. BA degree in Sociology, Université de Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Tales Of A Nomadic City

Kathrine Fremming

XR Producer

Biography

Kathrine is a business developer at Khora Virtual Reality, looking to establish innovative and creative partnerships with businesses, that are interested to investigate how XR immersive technologies can create value wide across different sectors. With an MSc in Visual Culture and Business Administration, she is currently Dissemination Lead for Khora Contemporary on the EU Creative Europe project Manifest, uniting 12 artists in residence to produce XR artworks adressing collective memories of the transatlantic slavetrade.