Kumasi Curio Kiosks Project

Call for participants for the Kumasi Curio Kiosks Project, a project session of the The Kumasi Symposium: Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education Through Art taking place in Ghana in July-August 2009.

One means of Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education Through Art is by bringing together specialists from diverse parts of the world in a trans-national platform for inter-trading of cultural and knowledge capital in evidence-based society. In the Kumasi Curio Kiosks Project, the trade of intellectual capital from the specialist to the generalist requires both the sharing and onward replication of existing modules of knowledge that may accrue. Each specialist participant will create a Curio Kiosk of 6 x 6ft for a temporary exhibition/stock of works by the specialist, and relevant other national cultural/intellectual capital for trading with the locals. The 6 x 6ft kiosk can be conceived as a mental space or a constructed physical space with any material, constructed on site or pre-fabricated, and as an individual enterprise or a collaborative one.

The cluster of curio kiosks can be understood as functioning similarly to a trade commune; but we use the term "curio kiosks" in anticipation that the outward design will invoke curiosity or content will bear special attraction to the locals. The setting for a Trade Commune may be a Kumasi city street, university campus, or a village within the Kumasi metro, as appropriate to the design of the specialist participant. The mode of exchange is open and could involve methods such as traditional lectures, demonstrations, workshops, dialogical methods, and direct exchanges of material culture; or the post-modernist modalities of performance, slide/new media/film screenings, and a hundred others. A trade may be by barter, cash, gift to the local or what ever is appropriate.

The trade is not just an inventory of arts data, a cross-cultural process of negotiation and sharing of knowledge, it is an engagement in a particular kind of commercial enterprise through use of the arts. Relying on collaboration and free use of the arts, we seek to promote intellectual freedom and renewed vision of the arts as economic-cultural capital in the city. Because the process and structure encourages integration/assertion of the participant's institutional knowledge and national cultural capital, the supposition is that the individual or group would attract sponsorship for own costs from home institution or country.

This arts-based social experiment is designed to provide a context that will stimulate the artist, scholar and activist participants to place themselves and their practice into question through collaboration and cultural/artistic interchange. The pre-symposium session will run from July 31-August 8 2009 and the symposium from August 11-14 2009. About 30 local artists will be selected to work alongside some invited international colleagues.

If interested in participating in the project, send introductory material on you, and a statement of interest with sketches/description of your proposed 6 x 6 ft Curio Kiosk that should be set up at Kumasi between July 31-August 7 2009 to africoae@gmail.com.

Please also indicate whether you will require any specific local support, materials, equipment etc. (max. one page). Space is limited; all submissions will be reviewed until the spaces are filled. We are also accepting nominations for the Project Co-Curator, Convener, Provocateur and Roundtable Discussants.

The participant will then develop a Five-Minute Video art piece that will document or frame the process and structure of own/others' (Curio Kiosk) practice in the wider context of The Kumasi Symposium. The project needs a producer to guide the artists in creating a multi-media documentary of their practice- one who will enable the artists to shoot and edit the video films.
Kumasi Curio Kiosks Project

What: Kumasi Curio Kiosks Project
Where: Kumasi, Ghana
When: July-August 2009
Further Details:
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Contact: africoae@gmail.com
Deadline: Space is limited; all submissions will be reviewed until the spaces are filled