The Lost Beat Of The Pokomo

Postcolonial Burdens

How western Museums are still keeping stolen items from Kenya

Philipp Daube, Ksenia Dedyurina, Imad El Khechen, Lena Pauly - Expanded Realities

For our third semester in Expanded Realities, our group created an experience for Virtual Reality, about an old drum from the people of the Pokomo community in Kenya. This drum was stolen over 100 years ago by the British, who now keep it in the backroom of the British Museum. In our experience, the user is in such a room, seeing stolen artifacts and then the drum. When playing the drum, a positive environment with the Pokomo people emerges.

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