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The Anthropocene Museum: Exhibit 3.0 Obsidian Rain

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 am - 7 pm

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 am - 6 pm
  • Central Pavilion
  • Admission with ticket

Kabage Karanja (Kenyan, b.1979) and Stella Mutegi (Kenyan, b.1979) of  Cave_bureau (Kenya, est.2014), in collaboration with Densu Moseti (Kenyan, b.1986)



Obsidian Rain is a transposed section of the Mbai cave in Kenya, which was inhabited in the middle of the twentieth century by anti-colonial freedom fighters who used it as a commune chamber to plan their resistance. The installation consists of a collection of obsidian stone hanging from the ceiling with sisal rope. Beneath it is a table meant to host discussions about the environment and the state of the architectural discipline in Kenya, the African continent, and beyond, among other relevant topics. The project here is not confined to the often innocuous activities of a conventional museum building or its politics that often provide little freedom to overtly challenge the status quo of the prevailing times. A (re)construction of sort of this age-old institution and the practice of architecture itself within the African context; while still in our own way contributing to the global consciousness and discourse surrounding the new geological age we live in, the Anthropocene.


Pacific Africa Group
FUN - Future Urban Narrative

Production credits

Cave_bureau, Kabage Karanja, Stella Mutegi, and Densu Moseti

Central Pavilion
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