REVOLUTION ROOM: Publication & Call for participation
VANSA and Picha, will be continuing the next stage of the Revolution Room project with an update of the website, the launch of our mini online publication for the Johannesburg iteration of Revolution Room as well as initiating further research and beginning with the commissioning of projects.
The online publication - which can be downloaded from www.revolutionroom.co.za - puts together our process and research and includes our thinking around the conceptual underpinnings of Cosmo City. The publication also serves as a call for proposals and further reading to directly inform interested parties as they develop their ideas for inclusion in the project. Please download the publication for further background and detail as well as how to apply and get involved.
We will be hosting a briefing workshop on Saturday the 7th of June from 10am at the VANSA office. The deadline for expressions of interest is the 20th of June.
The DRC leg of Revolution Room will also be continuing their research and development phase in three different contexts: Lubumbashi, Fungurume and Moba, DRC. A parallel website – www.revolutionroom.cd – has been developed for French speakers and translated to English with specific features, images and text from Revolution Room DRC.
About our Collaboration
Revolution Room as one part of this collaboration, arises out of an extended dialogue between VANSA – a network-based initiative in South Africa, and Picha, a multi-dimensional arts project/collective based in Lubumbashi. The two organisations have for the past year been working on the development stage of a project provisionally titled PAN!C. The project has been conceptualised around the mapping of independent initiatives across the continent (using a similar methodology to VANSA’s www.artmap.co.za), as a tool for the development of networks of exchange, collaboration and opportunity.
Underpinning the present proposal is a basic interest in working together in ways that develop and expand the capacities and scope of both organisations, and also seek to enable and strengthen wider and open networks of project-based collaboration with partners elsewhere on the continent. In the first instance we are jointly concerned with ways in which the two organisations could work together to stimulate stronger creative collaborations and relationships between organisations and creative practitioners across both Francophone and Anglophone Africa more broadly.
The conceptualisation and realisation of projects through such a network takes as a point of departure a set of concerns and interests shared by the two organisations, rooted in the complex and sometimes ‘panicked’ realities of each national context.