Not A Single Bone / Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles

The Tendaguru Formation in Tanzania are amongst the richest sites of late Jurassic fossils that have ever been found. A former German colony, the beds were also spaces of systematic excavations of dinosaurs bones during the colonial era. Today, 250 tons of these dinosaur bones are now stored and partly exhibited in the Natural History Museum in Berlin. Using the tools of natural history museums, as well as leaked data, artificial intelligence (AI), and 3D scanning, the artists have used an AI to culturally ‘reimagine’ a Tendaguru dinosaur bone in the absence of the real artefact.

On display at Treak Cliff cavern, Not A Single Bone unpacks the hidden histories of extraction and extinction as a way to explore the shifting sands of cultural heritage, ownership, and digital reproduction. In an age characterised by an expanded institutionalisation brought about by data-driven technologies, Not A Single Bone asks us to question the fictions of authenticity told by Western Institutions and seeks to uncover alternative emancipatory narratives.

Booking: This project is part of the Digital Dark Ages tour which is a ticketed event that can be booked in advance. You can book this as an individual ticket, or to experience as much of the festival as possible, you can book this event as part of a Festival Pass.

Parking: The car park is a gravelled area parallel with the road and is free to cavern visitors. In addition, parking on the road is in marked parking bays only, which at the current time is free. There is reserved parking for disabled visitors.

Please note Digital Dark Ages can only be experienced through a cave tour and is not wheelchair accessible. For more information access across the festival weekend, please visit the Festival Access page.


Event info:

  • Fri 22nd — Sun 24th Sep 2017
    @Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
  • Treak Cliff

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