Duration: 2011-12 – 2014-06
- Research team: Emanuela Fanny Bonini Lessing, Serena Cangiano, Marilyn Douala Bell, Ntone Edjabe, Ismail Farouk, Davide Fornari, Aude Guyot, Luca Morici, Iolanda Pensa, Marta Pucciarelli, Didier Schaub, Fabio Vanin.
- Associated members: Fernando Alvim, Roberto Casati, Lorenzo Cantoni, Simon Njami, Edgar Pieterse, Isabella Rega,
- External evaluators and contributors: Alfred Anangwe, Sylvie Kandé, Federica Martini, Inge M. Ruigrok. They are contributing with their documentation also ArtBakery, Lard Buurman, Cercle Kapsiki, Ginette Daleu, Sandrine Dole, Lucas Grandin, Christian Hanussek, Goddy Leye, Roberto Paci Dalò, Chiara Somajni, Paulin Tchuenbou, Kamiel Verschuren and all the artists involved by doual'art, and the projects WikiAfrica Cameroon, WikiAfrica, Share Your Knowledge and Mobile A2K.
- Coordinator: Davide Fornari
- Curator: Iolanda Pensa (curator also of the project Mobile A2K in collaboration with Roberto Casati)
Mobile Access to Knowledge: Culture and Safety in Africa. Documenting and assessing the impact of cultural events and public art on urban safety is an international, interdisciplinary and comparative research project based on the analysis of innovative and reviewed cultural events and public art installations produced in three violent and unsafe African cities: Douala (Cameroon), Johannesburg (South Africa), and Luanda (Angola). The project contributes to the Wikimedia projects with its background documentation.
Poster presentation of the research project.
All the background documentation of the research project is released under the default license Creative Commons attribution share-alike (this is specifically documented in the project Methodology guide).
- (English) Pucciarelli, Marta & Cantoni, Lorenzo (2012), Mobile Access To Knowledge, in Canessa, Enrique & Zennaro, Marco (eds.), Mobile Science & Learning, ICTP - The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, pp. 71-77.
- (English) Davide Fornari, [www.researchcatalogue.net/view/22352/22353 Mobile Access to Knowledge: Culture and Safety in Africa. Documenting and assessing the impact of cultural events and public art on urban safety], poster and presentation at “We, the public” Swiss Artistic Research Network Conference, 26-27/4/2012, Luzern.
- (English) Pucciarelli, Marta & Cantoni, Lorenzo (2017). Journey through Public Art in Douala: Framing the Identity of New Bell neighborhood, in Skinner, Jonathan & Jolliffe Lee (eds.), Visiting Murals: Heritage, Politics and Identity, pp 149-164. Rutledge.
- (English) Pucciarelli, Marta (2015). Culture and safety in Douala: the cases of New Bell and Bessengue. In Bonini Lessing, Emanuela (ed), Urban safety and security, Milan: Franco Angeli, pp.69-80.
- (English) Pensa, Iolanda and Fornari, Davide (2015) Mobile Access to Knowledge: Culture and Safety in Africa. Documenting and Assessing the Impact of Cultural Events and Public Art on Urban Safety. In: Bonini Lessing, Emanuela, (ed.) Urban Safety and Security, Milan: Franco Angeli, pp. 57-64.
- (English) Vanin, Fabio (2015) Physical and Ephemeral Devices for Urban Security: the Case of Luanda, in: E. Bonini Lessing (ed.) Urban Safety and Security, Milan: Franco Angeli.
- Pensa, Iolanda, Pucciarelli, Marta, Siegenthaler, Fiona, Douala Bell, Marilyn, Nibbeling, Xandra, Verschuren, Kamiel, Grandin, Lucas, Adukaite, Asta, & de la Chapelle, Maud. (2017) Public Art in Africa. Art et transformations urbaines à Douala /// Art and Urban Transformations in Douala. VuesDensemble MetisPresses, Genève.
- (English) Pensa, Iolanda (2017) System Error. Art as a space to produce what we would never have thought we needed. In: Stupples, Polly and Teaiwa, Katerina, (eds.) Contemporary Perspectives in Art and International Development. Routledge, pp. 104-117.
- (English) Pensa, Iolanda (2016) Public Art and Urban Change in Douala. OnCurating. In this Context: Collaborations & Biennials (32). pp. 48-53.
- (English) Vanin, Fabio (2015) Questioning the Urban Form: Maputo and Luanda, in: C. Nunes Silva (ed.) Urban Planning in Lusophone African Countries, Farnham: Ashgate.
In the press
The research is not focussed on the Wikimedia projects. The research is focussed on a specific topic (the impact of cultural events and public art on urban safety in Douala, Luanda and Johannesburg), and indirectly it contributed with its methodology to the Wikimedia projects. The contribution to the Wikimedia projects is a side-activity of the project, it is produced on an individual basis, and it respects Wikimedia projects pillar, guidelines and policies (ethical implications).
- All the background documentation of the research project is released under the default license Creative Commons attribution share-alike (this is specifically documented in the project Methodology guide).
- Images are produced and acquired with an open license are uploaded on Wikimedia Commons and meant to contribute to the Wikimedia projects Culture and Safety in Africa on Wikimedia Commons.
- To provide background information related to the project, some articles are produced for Wikipedia or existing articles are improved with secondary sources. Please note that the articles produced are a side-activitiy of the project and they are not considered part of the research project; articles and content for Wikimedia projects are considered part of the project methodology aimed at increase the access and reuse of the research background work and to facilitate the understanding of the research general topic.
- Starting date December 2011.
- Kick off workshop.
- Methodology guide and website.
- Filed research in Douala, Luanda and Johannesburg. Panoramic report and case studies.
- Comparative analysis.
- End date December 2013 - postponed June 2014.
The project is supported by all the institutions involved and by SNIS Swiss Network for International Studies.
- In South Africa:
- In the European Union:
- In Switzerland:
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