Group: Afrika Arts Kollective - Ekilawuli (Brian Gisa)
Researcher: David Kaiza
The Afrika Arts Kollective intends to positively influence the society through art. Afrika Arts Kollective will focus on bringing together artists from diverse discipline to collaborate on addressing a social issue through collaborative work. Ekilawuli-‘Glass Works Project’ brings together artists, student artists and recycling communities through workshops and self-sustainability entrepreneurship clubs
Researcher: Tafadzwa Gwetai
Dzimbanhete sits 25 kilometers outside the center of Harare. Here, artists are given the freedom and support to make work and engage in dialogue. It is also a place where one can commune with music, nature and its spirits.The organization has grown to become a visual center for re-learning, sharing and archiving artistic knowledge and many other things. The center intends to generate inventors / thinkers. It is a place where technology and art are clearly intertwined. Its core values are to establish a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences.
Group: Kino Kadre
Researcher: Taryn Mckay
Taryn Mckay has been a long time ally and participant in Kino Kadre as well as practitioner and writer in this arena for many years. Kino Kadre is a film collective based in Cape Town that uses film as a conscientisation tool both through film critique and production. Kino Kadre works through non-hierarchical and collective organisation methodologies for the purposes of deeply political creative work.
Group: Festival Sur Le Niger (Attaher Maiga)
Ibrahima Wane is a senegalese academic, his current research interests are popular poetry and music in West Africa, written literature in African languages, urban cultures and the political imaginary. Festival Sur Le Niger is a music festival with many programmes and workshops held in Segou, Mali. The Festival is run on the principles of Maaya. Maaya entrepreneurship is a philosophy of creative practice, community connection and economic development based on traditional Malian practices. It is a way to ensure the unbreakable bond between individual and community for the good of all parts of society. The festival uses these principles to operate the festival itself but also to integrate the potential of the festival into its immediate community.
Group: Kher Thiossane (Marion Louisgrand Sylla)
Researcher: Dieynaba Ndiaye
Kher Thiossane has developed a substantial archive of collective knowledge on the commons, particularly through their ongoing programme ‘School of the commons’. Kher Thiossane is also involved in the AC collaborative project on the commons. The Defko Ak Niëp fablab is an open production space for the neighborhood where anyone can come to learn, experiment, pass on or produce. Defko Ak NEP mutualizes manufacturing machinery and takes upon the initiative to spin off free culture and digital technology, where the notions of sharing and fortification of common property are effective.
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ungovernable (Molemo Moiloa)
ungovernable is a collective of neighbours and extended affinity links, based in ‘Parkbrow’, Johannesburg. The collective is aimed at practicing strategies of ungovernability - self determination and autonomous community collective practices - within our neighbourhood and beyond. ungovernability is a concept informed by anti-apartheid efforts of the 1980s in townships in South Africa in which, in the midst of mass protest and violent repression, communitites came together to establish community frameworks and self-organisation strategies. These included ‘people’s courts’, civics and street committees, ‘people’s parks’ and support committees. ungovernable looks to this history, and conjures ways it might impact new imaginations of our contemporary.