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Iyapo Repository emerged from the collaborative initiative of Ayodamola Okunseinde and Salome Asega during their residency at Eyebeam. It draws its name from Lilith Iyapo, a character in Octavia Butler's "Dawn," known for her ability to navigate two distinct and intricate worlds. This repository serves as a dynamic archive of both digital and tangible artifacts that celebrate and envision the future for individuals of African descent. It evolves with contributions from participatory workshops where attendees conceptualize and prototype envisaged artifacts across various fields such as cuisine, music, politics, and fashion. Selected ideas are then fully realized by the repository team, ensuring the technological integrity and fidelity to the original concepts.

Iyapo Repository not only houses an evolving collection of art and artifacts but also includes manuscripts, films, rare books, and engages in collaborations and artist residencies focused on research. It has facilitated workshops and exhibitions in prestigious venues like Eyebeam, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts, the Shanghai Biennale, and has actively engaged the community with public interventions in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. Through a partnership with The Laundromat Project, it collaborated with the Bed Stuy Museum of African Art to develop a curriculum centered on futuristic design and prototyping, aimed at fostering technological empowerment. Additionally, at Carnegie Mellon University, it introduced workshops utilizing virtual reality for artifact design and engineering, and at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, it integrated digital fabrication methods such as 3D printing and laser cutting into its workshops.

We can be reached at the following email: imagine@iyaporepository.org

6/1/2021 - Podcast
Ep. 6 - Reclamation and Worldbuilding in the Iyapo Repository
Artists and Hackers

2019 - Chapter [8]
Iyapo Repository Constructing and Archiving Alternate Futures
in Art Hack Practice: Critical Intersections of Art, Innovation and the Maker Movement. United States, Taylor & Francis, 2019.