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Being 2.0

Rashaad Newsome
An artificial being to act as a digital griot to teach us how to radically decolonize

During his residency at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Rashaad Newsome will work on the Third generation of his Artificial Intelligence project, Being  2.0. This iteration will act as emancipation from 1.0’s role as an exhibition tour guide and 1.5 roles as a virtual therapist. 2.0 will reimagine non-Eurocentric archives and education models like the griot, a West African cultural figure that functions as a historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, musician, and healer. As a digital griot, Being’s purpose is to teach us how to radically decolonize through a series of workshops that combine lecture, movement, storytelling, narrative exposure therapy, and meditation.