Iyapo Repository: Macalester Lab

September 22 – October 25, 2017

Iyapo Repository is a resource library which houses a collection of digital and physical artifacts created to affirm and project the future of people of African descent. The collection is managed and developed through a series of participatory workshops where participants become archivists of a future history they envision. Participants sketch out and rapid prototype future artifacts in domains of food, music, politics, fashion, etc. The repository then works to bring a select few of these artifacts to life so that they are completely technologically functioning objects that stay true to the participants’ original blueprints. Alongside the art and artifacts collection, Iyapo Repository also hosts manuscripts, films, and rare books, and more.

Iyapo Repository has hosted workshops and exhibitions at Eyebeam, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Art, Shanghai Biennale, Laundromat Project, Recess, August Wilson Center, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and has held public interventions on the streets of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.

Iyapo Repository was originally developed by Salome Asega and Ayodamola Okunseinde as part of their Eyebeam project residency.

About Salome Asega

Salome Asega is a Brooklyn-based artist and researcher whose practice celebrates dissensus and multivocality. She is the co-host of speculative talk show Hyperopia: 20/30 Vision on bel-air radio and the Assistant Director of POWRPLNT, a digital art collaboratory. Salome has participated in residencies and fellowships at Eyebeam, New Museum, and The Laundromat Project, and she has given presentations at New Inc, Performa, Eyeo, and the Schomburg Center. She received her MFA from Parsons at The New School in Design and Technology.

About Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde

Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde is an artist and interactive designer living and working in New York. Okunseinde was the co-founder and creative director of Dissident Display Studios, an award winning studio and art gallery based in Washington DC. As a collaborator with, amongst others, choreographer Maida Withers, Carmen Wong, and Yoko K., He has created several interactive performance based works and has performed in several countries including Mexico, Finland, and Croatia. His art residency participation includes Finland’s Invitation to Helsinki, IDEO’s Fortnight, The Laundromat Project, and Eyebeam. His works range from concepts in Afrofuturism to physical computing, and painting. Okunseinde holds an MFA in Design and Technology from The New School, Parsons School of Design in New York where he is currently an adjunct faculty member.