I hope that you are at least as fine as us in Ouagadougou. Recently we got a number of various meetings and discussions that were very inspiring, also in terms of the ideas I would like to share with you and with the community Trust in Play. I will keep it structured:
Theme : body culture, health, movement as a tool serving the population for better life, integrity and cohesion, playful permanent structures (part of urban furniture?)
Ideas/Project : I have applied to Trust in Play with the creative collective JUMP in mind, especially the ongoing long-term project called Pocket Park. I would like to focus on the potential this initiative has.
JUMP stands for “Jeunesse Unie pour un Mouvement Positif (Youth United for a Positive Movement) and it exists since 2009. After number of diverse projects, JUMP managed to open a place called JUMPHUB. The co-working hubs are driving mechanisms in the context of networking and idea developing all over the world. With this in mind, the JUMPHUB was built in Ouagadougou, primarily as an office for JUMP, but also as our meeting and co-working space, our place to develop ideas, to encourage creativity, to promote artistic production, and as a showcase of activities of JUMP and its residents. One of these activities is the project Pocket Park.
The Pocket Park was initiated to unite people from the community to revitalize a neglected public space with the tools that we use and eventually practice professionally – the art and culture. We have developed a formula of workshops “with the people for the people” so that local people can explore, learn and experience art as a city-constructive tool.
During those workshops, I would like to propose also some work on playful permanent structures, as a framework of experimentation to enlarge horizons concerning the project itself and further more.
The results will be presented in form of public exposition. The final exposition is intended as open voting system for the best design to be realized in second phase of the project Pocket Park (people will vote in public referendum). The meaning of the project is also to link art and culture with awareness in various areas, such as respect for the environment, sustainability of urban life, social equality and emancipation, democracy, peace and stability. We can explore deeper also the question of Trust in urban environment of Burkina Faso.
The Project Pocket Park runs since 2018, we have already prototyped some ideas (Pocket Garden); some of the workshops in Ouagadougou were realized too, there is one workshop scheduled with students of architecture in Mekelle, Ethiopia, in March 2020. Up to date we have been preparing the workshop content with the pedagogical board of the school in Mekelle so that it can meet the curricula of their education, but I can probably propose to insert some content about Urban Game Design too.
Skills : Practicing visual art, design, set design, photography and architecture in different contexts, I can offer some analytic and organizational skills in terms of space analysis and installation in various spaces. My academic research on aesthetics allowed me to explore some materials and media with dancers involved in creation on stage and in public space. Studying dance and choreography today, might be also an asset to capitalize
Research : it seems I have already mentioned few things about the research we have done in Ouaga during the preparations for the project Pocket Park, I will create a post and insert a link here later.
Have a great weekend!