Afrobits

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explores new narratives of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade through an interactive installation. The research aims to decolonise narratives surrounding popular culture regarding the tangible and intangible African heritage related to the slave trade. The research derives from ideas resulting from the previously funded Printeractive research group, where we investigate the role that new technologies and interaction design can have on visual communication and artistic outputs. Afrobits explores such technologies through an installation with a series of conductive sensors connected to a microcontroller that hosts diverse sounds. The installation aims to showcase the blend, adoption and influence of African sounds and instruments, in modern musical instrumentation such as Jazz, Salsa and Rock and Roll. The research is a collaboration between the Digital Humanities Hub at Lancaster University, The Slave Voyages Project, The Digging into Colonial Mexico Research Project, and the School of Art and Design at LJMU. This research is deeply rooted within an interdisciplinary narrative, merging perspectives from History, Digital Humanities, Interaction Design, Visual Communication, Illustration and Fine Art, among others.