Doual’art is a non-profit contemporary art center focused on art and social urban development. Its purpose is to increase the critical sense of urban populations by supporting the contemporary production of art in Cameroon. Inside the walls, Espace Doual’art offer exhibitions, workshops, seminars, books in the library and host more and more people, particularly youth. Outside the walls, public art commissions and implementation, while using a participatory approach to further the development of cultural identity and aesthetic consciousness in the local population, are supported by the guided and commented tours help to get another idea of the city of Douala in its whole as well as a discussion on the singularity of each location underlined by the speech of the art piece. The center’s work is motivated by the belief that artistic and cultural practice has the potential to instigate social change and is an effective weapon in the struggle against poverty, freedom of expression and social cohesion. In 2007, Doual’art launched Salon urbain de Douala (SUD), a triennial festival presenting public art in the city of Douala, which takes place every three years the 4th edition will take place in 2016.
Kiosko is an independent alternative art space, created in 2006 managed by artists in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Directed by artist Rachel Schwartz, Kiosko is a platform to create, promote and foster contemporary art in the region and the world. Sina: Environmental and Cultural manager.
Casa Tres Patios
Casa Tres Patios Foundation is a contemporary art center located in Medellín, Colombia. For the past 9 years it has been researching and developing projects with an emphasis on new pedagogies, artistic practices, and open knowledge. Casa Tres Patio´s multidisciplinary programs are designed to address the needs of children, young people, artists, art students, community leaders, and the general public of all ages and income levels. The current projects are: Laboratorios Comunes de Creación (Creative Communal Laboratories), Creative training, CuBO.X (national residencies and college class), Exhibitions, Berraco, Collaborative Work, Data Management, Knowledge Management, Ripples, and the annual Auction. Casa Tres Patios believes that the processes of inquiry and independent thinking employed in contemporary artistic practices, the creation and open sharing of knowledge can expand the way we see, the way we think, and the way we interact with the world.
Centre Soleil d’Afrique
Our vision is to provide young artists with opportunities to enhance their knowledge, creativity capabilities, and deliberate on social and traditional constraints, to further their own artistic and social development nationally and internationally. In response to the socio-political situation in Mali, Encounters DJEKA-MIRI consists of a series of activities: workshops, meetings, conferences and festivals, to show how the contemporary arts can play an important role in the form and implementation of a sustainable and social peace.
Picha, opened in 2010, is an independent space dedicated to artistic research and experimentation. It is located in the centre of Lubumbashi city; its projects question history, urban planning or social matters using art creation as a trigger for knowledge production and exchanges. The art centre organises residencies for local and international artists, alternative formats for exhibitions, writers' meetings, films screenings and talks. It also hosts an art library and a studio for sound and image recording.
32° East|Ugandan Arts Trust
32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust is an independent non-profit organisation that is focused on the creation and exploration of contemporary art in Uganda. It believes in providing a long term, sustainable and open platform for artistic expression. Through art projects such as KLA ART and Artachat, the organisation encourages a non-discriminatory methodology that stimulates social conversation and discourse between artist(s), public and authority.
ruangrupa is a non-profit organization based in Indonesia that strives to support the progress of artistic ideas within the urban context and the larger cultural scope, by means of exhibitions, festivals, art labs, workshops, research as well as publishing.
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Nubuke Foundation has for close to a decade been a formidable force in bringing art to play it's fundamental role in society. The foundation sees a future where the role of art in education, leadership, conflict resolution, social management, etc. will be impetrative to achieving various social objectives. Nubuke is based and operates from Accra in Ghana, yet it is able to reach a worldwide audiences of various kinds, with whom it is vastly achieving its mandate.
Mas Arte Mas Accion
Si Aputói, canción de un solo tiro, suena como un grito que se extiende a lo largo de una hora, un grito que contiene la locura de estar vivo; la locura en la que el Big Bang cabe en un par de coplas o en un fragmento de Shakeaspere, es porque es imposible. Imposible como el país aquel que le sirve de inspiración, el país que le gana todos los días partidas al miedo, a la corrupción y al despilfarro, a la mala fe. Nadie cree en un país así; nadie se imagina en un país así. En este país inviable y desconcertante simplemente se puede estar, con los ojos cerrados y con una risa imposible de explicar. Nadie escucha una canción de una hora, aquél era el presupuesto. Y sin embargo, al sitio donde ocurrió el grito no le cabía un alma. Un grito por la utopía, una canción con los amigos en un bar repleto de gente. Una hora, luego casi otra hora de aplausos: imposible. Si esta locura fue así, a saber: una utopía que, contra todo pronóstico encuentra un lugar, el proyecto Cartas a un viejo picador de papel, la serie de cinco entregas postales que…
DARB 1718 is a contemporary art and culture center located in Old Cairo in Egypt. Its long-term vision is to promote social change, to sensitize people and to expand their horizons through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.
Theertha is an autonomous, artist-led non-profit initiative based in Colombo. Theertha has undertaken considerable amount of art activities since its inception in 2000. First, started by 11 visual artists to facilitate international art exchange through international artist workshops in Sri Lanka, it has expanded its activities to include art education, publications on art/culture, heritage management through art and international residencies. Theertha established its own alternative art space ‘Red Dot Gallery’ in 2007 in order showcase the experimental and contemporary art produced within its programs. Theertha, who support art of the 90's trend which challenged the existing aesthetics, methodologies and ideology in art making has always emphasized and encouraged innovative and experimental ideas among artists. Theertha has showcased some of the innovative artworks done by the contemporary artists. Web: http://theertha.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theerthaartists/
After 3 years Cooperativa Crater Invertido still is a collective workshop, an archive, a kitchen, a residence, a cooperative space, a free media newsroom, a small press, a volcano. Their main focus is on their programme “Workgroups on the present”. These are collective researches that address current social, political, economical and cultural discussions which become public through printed matter.
lugar a dudas
lugar a dudas is an artist initiative born in Cali, Colombia. Its initial aim was to strengthen the local artistic scene through fomenting knowledge of contemporary art, facilitating development of production and stimulating different publics and approaches to artistic practices.
Art Group 705, Kyrgyzstan Ashirbek is working on his little bonsai garden for twenty years. He lives in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Each day he works in the garden from morning till late at night, then he reads and makes notes. Many people dream of a paradise on Earth, of a place for rest and piece, where nothing disturbs us. Japanese garden fits in very well with this concept. A garden of gods. Ashirbek's experience is the one that shows us that building utopia is a very practical issue, but having no conceptual elaboration we will act in our habitual ways. As soon as we try to build it, we result in our typical world, the same miserable, dirty and grey as always. In order to overcome our habits we need to search for new methods in literature and take them to practice or get rid of them for their uselessness. His practice shows that you can never do only with the words. Acts are the main prove of your rightness. If the garden blossoms well then you are right, this is the right way. If it fades then you are wrong. Ashirbek's favorite sayings are "even if you are dying stand…
Platohedro is a non-profit organization that functions as a collaborative creative platform based in Medellín, Colombia. Since 2004, it has been dedicated to artistic experimentation, the investigation of free culture, and the search for common welfare through creative and formative processes open to all, based on the philosophy of good living and a good mutual understanding. Our educational programs such as Matinée (for small children) and Foco Crítico (for teenagers) consist of continual knowledge sharing processes by team members and invited facilitators.
lifepatch - citizen initiative in art, science and technology (citizen initiatives in the arts, science and technology): is a cross-disciplinary arts organization based community formed on March 26, 2012. Based on the initiative of citizens in the arts, science, and technology, Lifepatch invites members and anyone involved in activities to examine, explore, and develop the presence of technology, natural resources, and human resources in the surrounding area. Initiative of citizens chosen to give more space for diversity practices and stimulate the creativity of individual members - each member in a role in a collaborative activity. Do It Yourself (DIY) and Do It With Others (DIWO) is held Lifepatch spirit in practice to be able to spur the emergence of a new pattern and straightforward system of the creative process of individuals and communities, as well as interaction between individuals in a series of community work. Member Some members joined in lifepatch at this time include: Agus Tri Budiarto Nur Akbar Arofatullah Budi Prakosa Andreas Siagian Agung Geger Arifin Wicaksono Adhari Donora Ferial Afiff Wawies Vishnu Wisdantio Dholy Husada Sita Magfira Contact Address: Jl. Bugisan Selatan, Gumuk Indah RT 13 RW 36, Yogyakarta (belakang SMKI) 55182 Website: Lifepatch Site E-mail: patch(at)lifepatch(dot)org…
The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) was initiated by leading figures in the visual arts sector from across South Africa in 2003. People felt that the visual arts - unlike the film, performing arts, music, and publishing sectors - lacked a body that could tackle industry issues: from the need to address historical imbalances in access to opportunities in the visual arts, through to the need to attract more public investment and funding for the sector. Growth, Transformation and Opportunity were the three key ideas that motivated the organisation. Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum is an artist and creative researcher working in the fields of drawing, animation, installation and performance. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Artists in New York, The Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, The Kitchen in New York, the Ithuba Arts Gallery in Johannesburg, the FRAC Gallery in Carquefou, France, and the 2012 Havana Biennale in Cuba. Her research interests include exploring the political possibilities of imagining and occupying what she calls "Mythologies of the Future." Sunstrum was born in Mochudi, Botswana and grew up living in different parts of Africa, Asia and North America. After completing her Masters in Fine…
Artist and Curator Ramiro Garavito has been invited by KIOSKO to carry out research in the Minga Utopia project. "I am interested in exploring the utopian character of the llikllas produced by an existing indigenous community called Laymi. This community is located in the highland region north of the city of Potosi, Bolivia. I am interested in exploring their shapes and designs as visual metaphors able to contain the principles and foundations for a better life, whose unique feature is the integration of all the elements of life on planet earth, setting the same value for each from them." Ramiro Garavito, Cochabamba, Bolivia, graduated in philosophy and from the School of Fine Arts in Caracas. Curator of SIART Biennal, Bolivia. Art critic. Professor for History of Art and Philosophy. Various publications analyising contemporary art, video and performance in Bolivia.
TEOR/éTica // VERDE The experiment
TEOR/éTica is a private, non-profit, independent project, dedicated to the investigation and diffusion of contemporary artistic practices. Located in San José, Costa Rica, it was founded in 1999 by Virginia Pérez-Ratton (1950-2010) a Costa Rican artist, curator and investigator. The name, TEOR/éTica, denotes theory, aesthetics and ethics. TEOR/éTica operates in four main areas: exhibitions of local and international artists; promotion, documentation of work and support for Central American artists (visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, dancers); an editorial effort with over 40 publications; and the presentation of talks, theoretical events and symposia. The cultural projects we develop aim to construct a national, regional and international public, with an outlook towards global realities, as thought of from Central America and the Caribbean. VERDE The Experiment is a collection of practical ideas for those who want to change their consume habits and protect the environment in their daily life. It comprises a blog and the Guide to become a better Earthling which can be downloaded for free. Thanks to the invitation of Fundacion TEOR/éTica, VERDE The Experiment is part of MINGA - Exploring Utopia, a project of Arts Collaboratory. But it doesn't end up there...We (Paula and Lucia) take these ideas and translate them into…