The #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL is a new
initiative of The Netherlands Consulate General which aims to celebrate and
examine the power of design to tackle current socio-economic and environmental
challenges within an African context. In collaboration with The Craft and Design Institute and Future Cape Town, the first edition of the
initiative will be hosted under the theme “Beyond the Crisis.”
FESTIVAL Curator's Statement
Is a state of
crisis our new normal?
It can easily be
said that the world all over, not just South Africa / Africa, is in a state of
crisis. At all levels. From food and water security to urbanisation and
mobility, to economies and jobs, to the quality of the air we breathe and our
social interactions. No country in the world is untouched by globalisation,
growing inequalities and a planet under severe environmental stress.
By 2050, the global
population is expected to grow by 2.2 billion people. More than half of the
world’s population will be living in Africa, with 60% of Africans living in
cities. How can we make African cities work? In the present and the future. How
will we ensure enough water of a high quality, guarantee food for all, create
quality jobs and income opportunities and support the mobility of millions of people
in a more humane, sustainable and efficient manner?
As we take stock of
this epoch, are we destined to live in permanent states of anxiety and fear
which paralyses us? Or can we use it to inspire and command action?
It is said: Never
let a good crisis go to waste.
We can’t go back.
So how do we move
BEYOND THE CRISIS will bring
the public and a set of actors and influencers together to engage directly and
constructively with the crises facing cities within Africa. How can we use this
turning point as an opportunity to form new collaborations, joint efforts,
inspired designs and new tools for action?
How can we
collectively use our creativity, intelligence, and resources to address the
challenges of water and food security, as well as the human needs for mobility
and access to opportunities? Can we bridge race, gender and class divides - do
we need social cohesion more than ever before?
FESTIVAL-2018 aims to learn
from the public, architects, artists, activists, educators, developers and
politicians about what it means to act today to effect positive change. How do
we become active agents rather than passive complainers? We would like to
understand how we can, as collectives, overcome egos, outdated economic models,
social divides and a seeming cycle of no progress.
We would like to
know about projects, future scenarios, innovations, and policies that favor
long-term thinking over short term-solutions, and do not give up on improving
the quality of life for billions on the African continent.
challenge you to think, design and act BEYOND THE CRISIS
In this short video, see artist Adrian Owen's talk on his 'Gaia Alesco: Geophysiology' works: