Inspired by the writing of Joseph Tonda, CORE DUMP: KINSHASA situates popular Congolese mythology in the contemporary digital imagination. The film unfolds as an Afro-dystopian-sci-fi-horror that investigates the West’s notions of techno-utopias and the former colonies that are mined and dumped on to create these shimmering oases.
A “core dump” is the recorded state of the working memory of a computer at a specific moment in time. If a crash occurs, the computer is able to recall this ‘imprint’ of its previous state as a means to debug and recover. This oddly poetic ‘memory’ of a computer forms the basis for Francois Knoetze’s CORE DUMP, a four-part sculptural and video series filmed in Dakar, Kinshasa, Shenzhen and New York that extends the metaphor of a crash to the impending breakdown and unsustainability of the global capitalist techno-scientific system.