The Kenteverse is a multifaceted Art, Design & Music project exploring Kente’s innate power to create. I’m primarily using sounds sampled from the loom during the weaving process to generate new Kente designs and experiences.

When I started this project, I thought I was merely observing and dissecting the anatomy of Kente. I wasn’t aware of the fact that I was peering into a whole universe, The Kenteverse. Sound & Rhythm drove me here, and they’ve been my main points of contact in understanding the numerous locations within this universe. Language, History & Fashion are just some of the areas I’ve gained access to during my time here.

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Differences & Similarites

Taking time to develop motifs on my own has really brought my attention to the amount of understanding and thought the weavers put into the message they want to transcend. I feel this has something to do with my process of starting from a generative standpoint. Artificial intelligence, to me, really is just as the name suggests is intelligent, but its knowledge cannot necessarily surpass the understanding the weavers possess.

I furthered my motif development by also looking at drone photos I took in Ghana over the years. The main difference I noticed was the almost organized chaotic moments in Ghana. The buildings do not necessarily follow a grid but still feel like they are on a grid when next to each other. The trees, the sea, and the ecological nature of things also seem to flow into many spaces. This got me thinking of how 'nature' may have a solid connection to my project.

With this in mind, I'll further my motif studies through sound. By recording and weaving multiple atmospheric sounds from both Ghana and Switzerland, I'll develop more motifs with this as my basis.
April 10 2021