Black Wall Experiment
the blackwall experiment represents our first journey into the city of Lagos where we absorb and reflect on how the city communicates. In absorbing, we find that everyday urban typography comes in five broad categories:
(We have represented each category with white, pink, blue and yellow colors.)
It is common to see orders like “Military Zone Keep Off” or slogans like “Eko o ni Baje” on the walls in the city.
Therefore, we embrace and affirm the everyday urban typography in Lagos for its utility, economy, aesthetic and cultural importance.
in reflection, our experiment deemed it fit to regard the walls of social media as equal to the "walls" across the city of Lagos; especially if we observe an increasing trend of discussing the virtual social media life in the material world. With this inclusion, we thought book publishers may adorn the long boring fenced journeys to the educational district of Yaba with snippets of a new book that may improve reading culture.
That perhaps, the government may through the walls communicate policies in a few words.
That advertisers may promote merchandise in cheaper, context fit ways.
That walls, in mnemonic fashion, may serve as visual registers for hairstyle fads, defunct telcos, and beverages; where today’s dweller and the unborn learn of collective memories.
That perhaps - at its thresholds and beyond the humour of mangled sentences - the city dumps pristine English for collectively understood pidgin; so much that this way of communication is transmitted from the city’s underbelly onto its body
The Blackwall experiment brought together leading Nigerian voices in the fields of architecture, communication, design, urbanism, political economics, law, visual & performing Arts, Fintech, etc too reflect on the “WALL”…the Aesthetics,Legality,Economics as well as the “Wall” as a communication strategy. Our conversationalists included Chuka Ihonor (Urbanist), Stephen Ajadi (Architect,Planner and Political Economist), Jude Idada (Playwright),Olumide Abdulkareem(Legal Practitioner), Chris Ogunlowo (Designer), Seyi Olusanya (Designer),Ola Olaleye(Quantity Surveyor),Bola Yinka-Obebe (Producer) and Micheal Adesanya (Fintech expert).
The experiments ran from the 24th of June -26th of July 2019.