No Direct Flight
Through film, art, VR and music, we explore how the digital world is helping to create a new generation of African global influencers.
Artwork: Jebet Naava
A teenager fostered in the country moves to inner-city London, where he must make some tough life choices.
No Direct Flight’s founding ideas explored.
Beauty as the new global African aesthetic.
The African longing for elsewhere. The diasporic longing for home.
Non-linearity and African People’s Time.
Music and the aesthetic baseline.
Folklore, tradition and the ancestral realm.
Explore new ways of seeing with this special VR display.
The global Pan-Africanism movement was nearly a century old by the time the internet arrived. No surprise then that diasporic African filmmakers, visual artists and music-video directors annexed the virtual space early on. This season explores the themes and visual motifs virally traded between Africa, the US and Europe that gave rise to a bold, black, globally influential aesthetic. We might be seduced by the style but do we know the influencers? Touching down in the UK, then Kenya and the US, we’ll reveal who’s trending. Classic pan-African features paired with their daring short-form offspring, new commissions, virtual discussions and a get-down party IRL will connect artists and audiences around the world in a way that transport links cannot.
Gaylene Gould and Tega Okiti
IN COLLABORATION WITH
A cross-platform project in partnership with the British Council, Nowness, BlackStar Festival and Pervasive Media Studio.