The Reclamation Project | Archives, Design, and Spatial Awareness
Black Discourse
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Designed by Jay Curry

Over December Black Discourse built and launched our audio archive installation ‘The Reclamation Project’ as special invite and partner of Limbo Accra - inside Scott House - a tropical modern mid century architectural masterpiece in Accra. We also partnered with Limbo and Manju Journal to co-curate a private 5 course Fulani dinner with world renowned Chef Binta for the unique Architecture Is A Party. 

As archivists in residence,  Black Discourse conducted interviews on the property grounds and surrounding neighborhoods inviting the speakers to share personal memoirs relating to space, place and architecture that address the current architectural reclamation movement in Ghana today.

The Reclamation Project is a site based archival sound work and installation that investigates preservation and design at the intersection of inheritance and stewardship on the grounds of the 1960s constructed tropical modern Scott House. This installation was shown exclusively at the Scott House for Architecture Is A Party and then live as an audio assemblage NFT where all participants from the party and main interviewees will hold the legacy of this conversation on the block chain.

The audio archive plays a continual loop of four voices: Sydney Quartey (grandson of Madam Scott), Dominique Petit Frère (Limbo Accra Founder), Mr. David Djabatey (18 yr Gardener) and Ebackpole Maxwell (2 year Security Guard) as they share personal narratives of their relationship with the architectural masterpiece. 

The wood paneling, slatted wings and multi-crossed ventilation of the Scott House take a modernist design approach that appreciates, preserves and adapts to the tropical climate of Accra. Intentionally designed methods of cooling, shade and escapism have offered a refuge to the multi generational Scott family since ‘61. A replica of the home was built on the grounds years later expanding the capacity of the design to house more people, hold more dinners, and offer more space.

Like the home, the Scott Family has adapted to its environment, holding and preserving the natural changes that come with familyhood. From the hands of Kenneth Scott, to the maintenance of Madam Scott and now to the responsibility of the younger descendant; what has been inherited expects preservation of the old in a rapidly changing Accra environment.

The Scott house has inadvertently created three archetypes: The Stewards, The Futurists and The Madam. This archival installation weaves together these complicating narratives and relationships to the house, prompting questions about lineage, change and legacy.

The complete NFT will drop top of 2022.

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