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Culture and Safety in Africa

English title Culture and Safety in Africa
Applicant Pensa Iolanda
Number 158539
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Laboratorio Cultura Visiva (LCV) Dipartimento Ambiente Construzioni e Design SUPSI
Institution of higher education University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland - SUPSI
Main discipline Arts
Start/End 01.09.2015 - 31.01.2018
Approved amount 174'514.00
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All Disciplines (8)

Discipline
Arts
Visual arts and Art history
Social geography and ecology
Sociology
Educational science and Pedagogy
Architecture and Social urban science
Communication sciences
Ethnology

Keywords (6)

Access to information; Safety; Wikipedia; Urban transformation; Public art; Africa

Lay Summary (Italian)

Lead
Nella nostra società la scarsa conoscenza dei paesi emergenti e in via di sviluppo influenza negativamente le relazioni tra individui a livello nazionale e internazionale, e limita la comprensione delle sempre più intense relazioni mondiali nel settore economico, scientifico, culturale e politico. La ricerca scientifica svolge un ruolo centrale nel produrre e analizzare contenuti sui paesi emergenti e in via di sviluppo, ma questa ricerca è scarsamente accessibile al pubblico e di difficile comprensione senza documentazione di contesto. Diffondere materiale di ricerca sui paesi emergenti e in via di sviluppo può avere un ruolo determinante nel migliorare e correggere la nostra conoscenza di questi territori del mondo. Un ampio pubblico può essere coinvolto rendendo accessibile documentazione di contesto su Wikipedia e stimolando l’interesse attraverso un’enfasi sulla ricchezza culturale dei paesi emergenti e in via di sviluppo.
Lay summary

Il progetto di comunicazione scientifica “Culture and Safety in Africa” – basato sulla ricerca comparativa e interdisciplinare “Mobile access to knowledge: Culture and safety in Africa. Documenting and assessing the impact of public art on safety and security” – ha l’obiettivo di migliorare e correggere tra il pubblico svizzero l’attuale scarsa conoscenza di tre paesi africani (Camerun, Angola e Sudafrica) con una specifica enfasi sulla loro ricchezza culturale e artistica. In modo più specifico il progetto produce contenuti per il pubblico generico su Wikipedia, la più grande fonte di informazioni collaborativa con 500 milioni di lettori. Avvicina individui e istituzioni che operano nel settore dell’arte e della cultura attraverso un’esposizione sulla sorprendente produzione di eventi culturali e arte pubblica della città di Douala in Cameroon e il suo significativo impatto sulle trasformazioni urbane e la sicurezza. Per sostenere la sempre maggiore accessibilità a nuovi contenuti sui paesi emergenti e in via di sviluppo, il progetto incoraggia l’uso delle licenze libere da parte di individui e istituzioni che operano nel settore della cooperazione attraverso due workshop pilota.

Il progetto di comunicazione “Culture and Safety in Africa” partecipa alla diffusione del sapere scientifico e contribuisce a migliorare e correggere il noto sbilanciamento dell’informazione geografica. L’attenzione per la ricchezza culturale vuole stimolare l’interesse e l’empatia tra un pubblico che non necessariamente è interessato ai temi della cooperazione e dello sviluppo. Contribuire a Wikipedia vuole garantire che un grandissimo pubblico possa accedere a documentazione di contesto multilinguistica nella più usata fonte di informazioni continuamente corretta, migliorata e aggiornata.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 18.08.2015

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
ICU art projects Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Doual'art Cameroon (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Ausstellungsraum Klingental Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
European Conference on African Studies Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Claudio Valsangiacomo Switzerland (Europe)
- Exchange of personnel

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Public Art in Africa. Book Presentation at Festival del Cinema Africano, d’Asia e d’America Latina International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Website doual'art International 2018
Media relations: print media, online media “Making Douala”, la triennale Sud a Basilea (6 July 2017) by Riccardo Barlaam Il Sole 24 Ore Italian-speaking Switzerland International 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Culture and Safety in Africa. Learning from Douala A* Magazine German-speaking Switzerland International 2017
Video/Film Douala Flow International 2017
Media relations: print media, online media In Africa, se l’arte pubblica può fare la città (28 June 2017) by Chiara Somajni Il Giornale dell’Architettura. Italian-speaking Switzerland International 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Making Douala 2007-2017 (it/en) by Somajni and Pensa Doppiozero International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions MAKING DOUALA 2007-2017. Travelling exhibition Triennial SUD - Salon Urbain de Douala: addressing pu German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Media relations: radio, television Making Douala 2007-2017: Exhibition Opening USMARADIO International 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) MAKING DOUALA Communication folder International German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Public Art in Africa. Art et transformations urbaines à Douala International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Public Art in Africa. Book launch at ECAS German-speaking Switzerland International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Public Art in Africa. Book presentation at SUD 2017 Douala International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Public Art in Africa. Book presentation at the Ausstellungsraum Klingental German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Other activities Wikipedia International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Workshop: Literature and sources about African cities and open access International German-speaking Switzerland 2017

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
148975 Wikipedia Primary School: Providing on Wikipedia the information necessary to complete the cycle of primary education in the languages used by the different education systems. 01.02.2014 Bilateral programmes
174255 Public Art in Africa 01.06.2017 Publication grants

Abstract

Information poverty about developing and emerging countries is critical in our society: it negatively influences relationships between individuals at a national and international level, and limits the understanding of our contemporary growing economic, scientific, cultural and political international relationships. Scientific research plays an important role in producing and analyzing content about developing and emerging countries, but this research is not only limitedly accessible to the public, it is also difficult to understand without the necessary background knowledge. “Culture and Safety in Africa” is a communication project aiming at improving and correcting the current limited information about three African countries among the Swiss public (Cameroon, Angola and South Africa), with a specific emphasis on their cultural and artistic richness. The project is based on the scientific research “Mobile access to knowledge: Culture and safety in Africa. Documenting and assessing the impact of public art on safety and security” and focuses on three Swiss target groups: Wikipedia readers, individuals and institutions working in the field of art and culture, and individuals and institutions working in the field of cooperation and development. The project engages the Swiss general public by contributing to Wikipedia - the widest online collaborative encyclopedia - with images and articles in Italian, French, German and English. It opens a dialogue with individuals and institutions working in the field of art and culture through an exhibition on the surprisingly extensive production of cultural events and public art of the city of Douala in Cameroon and its remarkable impact on urban transformations and safety; the exhibition features images, texts, artworks and a site-specific sound installation interpreting specifically the scientific results of the research project “Mobile access to knowledge: Culture and safety in Africa”, and it is organized in conjunction with Art Basel, the major gathering of art practitioners in Switzerland. To enhance access to further information on developing and emerging countries, the project leverages the use of open licenses among individuals and institutions working in the field of cooperation and development through two pilot workshops. The focus on the cultural and artistic richness of developing and emerging countries is part of the scientific research “Mobile access to knowledge: Culture and safety in Africa”, and it is a specific multimedia way to trigger interest and empathy among a public which does not necessarily feel engaged with cooperation and development. At the same time contributing to Wikipedia provides full access to background knowledge in the 400 million readers widest and most used reference website, where individuals and institutions can continue to correct, improve and update information.
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