Sankofa City will explore the nexus of emerging technology, art, and community-based urban design, to provide visions for the future of local innovation and cultural development in Los Angeles.
Vote for the project as part of the LA2050 Grant Challenge: challenge.la2050.org/entry/sankofa-city
The advent of new urban-based technologies means that the future form of Los Angeles will be unlike anything one can now imagine. For example, how might self-driving vehicles and augmented reality be used to change our relationship to the city - to even change the city itself? We will conduct a series of collaborative workshops with artists, students, technical experts, and local Leimert Park residents, to create vivid scenarios of the possibilities to share with the public and spark debate.
"Sankofa City" is a collaboration between USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab, Ben Caldwell's Kaos Network, and Urban Systems nonprofit autonomous vehicles company. The project proves that large research universities, nonprofits, and local communities can work together and empower local citizens to imagine alternative urban technologies that work for the public good.
Produced/Directed By: Karl Baumann & Ben Caldwell
Starring: Sydatris Thompson, Nigeria Remi, & Semi "GoSemi" Marcia
Interviewees: Ben Caldwell, janet e. dandridge, Karl Baumann, François Bar, & Raul-David "Retro" Poblano
Cinematography: Karl Baumann, Katherine Sweetman, Alejandro Martinez
Editing: Katherine Sweetman
VFX: Joshua Masters
Additional Leimert Phone Co Members: Benjamin Stokes, Patrice Fisher, Rudy "Rude" Martinez, Wesley Groves, Andrew Schrock