Mobile access to knowledge: Culture and Safety in Africa. Documenting and assessing the impact of cultural events and public art on urban safety and security is an international, interdisciplinary, and comparative research based on the analysis of three violent African cities: Douala, Johannesburg, and Luanda.
Project owner: Davide Fornari (SUPSI), Lorenzo Cantoni (USI)
Project staff: Marta Pucciarelli (USI)
Period: 18 December 2011 – 18 December 2013
Funding agency: SNIS – Swiss Network for International Studies
Project website: http://www.mobilea2k.org/
Mobile A2K addresses the questions: “How cultural events and public art affect urban safety in African cities?” and “Can we assess these changes as positive according to a group of factors?”. The concepts of safety and security are studied as possible sides effect of public art experimentation on urban spaces.
The NewMine Lab focuses on public art installations produced in the neighborhoods of Douala by doual’art. The evolution of ICT generated novel modalities for accessing information on space through digital and interactive maps. These maps will become effective tools in two senses: to produce a critical visualization of territorial issues, and for supporting everyday activities, connected to application for tourism, cultural and social communication, education and research. This knowledge will make available at local and international level through ICT and mobile phone technology in order to allow researchers, NGOs and policy makers to consider new ways of improving the lives of slum dwellers.
The project is in partnership with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), the African Center for Cities/University of Cape Town, Latitude platform, University IUAV of Venice, Chimurenga, doual’art, Fundação Sindika Dokolo, Fondazione Lettera27.