Fatimah Tuggar's Robo Entertains. Image of a robot serving a group of people food at a dinner table

Fatimah Tuggar, Robo Entertains, 2001

Computer montage (inkjet on vinyl)

48 x 140 in. (121 x 357 cm)


Fatimah Tuggar Symposium: Time and Technology

Sep 13, 2019–Sep 14, 2019
Davis Museum
Free and open to the public

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, this multiday symposium brings together scholars, artists, technologists, and Wellesley College students to present new critical perspectives on Fatimah Tuggar’s multimedia practice. The event features talks, tours, and interactive workshops organized over two days.

Multimedia artist Fatimah Tuggar (b. 1967, Kaduna, Nigeria) interrogates the systems underlying human interactions with both high-tech gadgets and handmade crafts. Now based in Kansas City, Mo., Tuggar is renowned for her work that layers binary code with artisanry, and her sculptures, photomontages, videos, and interactive works challenge romanticized notions of ancient traditions and recent inventions.

Friday, September 13

10 am: Exploring Augmented Reality | Knapp Center

Workshop with Jesse Berdinka, BrickSimple LLC, and Jordan Tynes, Wellesley LTS

1:30 pm: Tour of Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons with exhibition curator Amanda Gilvin | Davis Museum

3–5 pm: Panel: Blue Worlds: New and Old Perspectives on Indigo | Newhouse Center Lounge, Green Hall

Fatimah Tuggar, Ken Botnick, Stephen Hamilton, Elin Noble

 5–6 pm: Reception | Green Hall


Saturday, September 14

10 am: Dyeing with Plants | Paramecium Pond

Workshop with Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative and Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

1–4 pm: Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Elin Noble | Design studio, Pendleton West 102

This workshop is full, but you can sign up to be added to the waitlist.

2 pm Student-led drop-in tour | Davis Museum

Davis Summer Interns Elana Bridges ’20 and Maddy Allan-Rahill ’20 present a tour exploring technological themes in Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons.

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Generously supported by:

the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative, the Newhouse Center for the Humanities, the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, the Knapp Media & Technology Center, and BrickSimple LLC.

Image Credit:

Artwork Credit: Courtesy of Fatimah Tuggar and BintaZarah Studios