Stage 5
17:30 - 18:30
Repair Acts: Care, Reuse and Maintenance Cultures


Join Teresa Dillon (Professor of City Futures/Bristol) and Amanortey Kisseih (Accra/Vienna) for a conversation on how artists are producing 'urgent eco-critical stories' that reimagine repair and its associated cultures. Positioned within debates on degrowth, the Right to Repair and UN Sustainability Goals, the discussion draws on the documentary 'Welcome to Sodom’ (2018), which traces the lives of people working and living on the eWaste site at Agbogbloshie, Accra.


Established in 2018, Repair Acts is an international network, which opens up the mechanisms and stories we tell about everyday consumption and the consequences of our material lives on each other, our environments and other species. If we are to reach the UN Sustainability Goals by 2030 and address climate-related consumption, how we produce, consume and deal with electronic and ‘smart’ tech goods needs to be reimagined. Developing new cultures of repair and stories, which highlight the urgency and interconnected nature of such accounts, is a necessary act.

Join artists Teresa Dillon (Professor of City Futures, UWE, Bristol) and Amanortey Kisseih (Accra/Vienna) for a conversation on the role that film, sound and visual culture play in telling such stories. Contextualising the conversation within repair, degrowth and circular economic discourses, Dillon will draw on the key debates and host a Q+A with Kisseih. Kisseih’s research and knowledge of the city played a vital role in the production of the documentary, ‘Welcome to Sodom’ (2018), which traces the life of workers and inhabitants of the electronic waste site at Agbogbloshie, Accra.