From the 6th – 10th October 2014, the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek hosted the first Participatory Design Conference (PDC) to be held on the African continent. The conference itself involved lots of speeches, workshops and discussions by international academics and experts from the field, but it also boasted a lively exhibition of participatory artworks created by local and international artists.
ARTWOLFE spent quite a bit of time at the PDC event. We couldn’t help noticing that many of the international conference delegates seemed to cluster together in the restaurant seating areas or on deckchairs by the pool. Meanwhile, the artists and green-shirted student assistant volunteers, most of whom were Namibian, clustered too; particularly around each other’s artworks – engaging in them, participating in the ideas and opportunities that were presented to them; from fabric stenciling to sound-making.
For more information about the PDC, check out our interview with the art director of the event. For this issue of ARTWOLFE, we decided to feature a selection of artists who attended this conference. The whole issue is brimming with interviews and photos. Don’t forget – the issue about the Bank Windhoek Triennial is coming up and we want your opinion on it. We’re pulling together public opinion on this big issue, so email us all of your thoughts and feelings on the exhibition at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also find us on Facebook: facebook.com/artwolfzine
the ARTWOLFE team