Creativity, Globalization, Mobility and Development: Artists in Motion

The theme of the two-day event of this year’s Alumni Denkfabrik on Migration focused on: Creativity, Globalisation, Mobility and Development: Artists in Motion.
In scientific discourses and in every day verbalizations, culture and particularly artistic productions are seen as belonging to or located in a given space and area that determine their identity and specificity. This space or this area will be named nation, ethnic group, race, continent etc. In reality, most artists are constantly on the move between their birthplace and other places located beyond their country and even their continent. No matter the reason for this mobility, how can we believe that it will not have a decisive impact on their creation? How can we believe that it will not have any impact on their perception of the space or spaces they continue to identify themselves with? In the era of globalization which is an era of intense movement of persons and  images as well as of  values these images engross, it is vital to discuss as well with artists and cultural managers in order to understand how they perceive their practices and which identities these experiences develop. The objectives of the workshop were therefore to
-    broaden the discussion on migration to artists and other cultural designers
-    reflect on the cultural and artistic practices in the context of globalization
-    discuss on the capacity of art to create new spaces and new identities
-    discuss on the artists’ specific role in the definition of objectives and means of changing the society
-    appreciate the ability of art to overcome the segmented and partitioned character that scientific reflection as well as development practices tends to establish in the reality
-    appreciate the capacity of art and cultural creativity to criticize reality, to work out alternatives and even utopias,
-    appreciate the artists’ and cultural creators capacity to express and defend freedom, emancipation, individuality, solidarity, opening up, generosity, creation, self-transcendence, empathy, all of  which are values that are among other things the fundament of living together.
Visual artists, film makers, musicians, cultural entrepreneurs, art critics, teachers  and historians of art who have experienced migration or are still living in migration were invited to address the following topics and problems:
-    How do you position yourself in the world?
-    How do you interpret it and how do you imagine its future?
-    How do you redefine culture from the problematic of mobility and migration?
-    How do you rethink development from this perspective?
-    How do you appreciate and imagine bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the field of culture, economics and politics in a globalized world?

Artists and Programme

The following artists and cultural experts have been invited to express their opinion through interviews, specific exposes and discussions on the basis of the following programme:

- Jean Pierre Bekolo:living between Cameroon, the US and  France.

Producing films on Cameroon: possibilities and implication.


- Pascale Marthine Tayou: living between Cameroon and Belgium.

Being an internationally renowned artist today.Trajectory, international artistic cooperation and self-positioning.


- Sumegne Joseph Francis: living in Cameroon. 

Artistic mobility in the Central African sub-region and the development of a personal style.


- Kouam Tawadge: living between Cameroon and China.  

Chinese know-how and artist career in Cameroon.  Nomade trajectory, integration of influences and originality.


- Tchebetchou René: living between Cameroon and France.

French know-how and artist career in Cameroon. Nomade trajectory, integration of influences and originality.


- Yves Eya’a: living between Cameroon and France.

Cultural enterprise and professionalism. The challenge of transferring acquired skills in Europe to Cameroon.


- Mpaah Doo Joël: living in Cameroon. 

Is it possible to live on one’s art in Cameroon? About the challenges which an artist who decides to return back home has to face.


- Fezeu N. André: living in Cameroon.

Being a cultural entrepreneur in Cameroon: After the training in Germany, the reality of Cameroon.


- Noumsi Nadège: living Cameroon.

The training of artists in Cameroon. Shortcomings and opportunities.


- Tchandeu Narcisse Santores: living in Cameroon. 

Being Art critics in Cameroon. Who determines the categories? The challenge of defining a local perspective on arts in a globalized context.


- Mekoa Elie Armand: living in Cameroon.

The artist between the local and the global: Challenges and opportunities.


                1st Round table moderated by Prof. Simo on the theme: How do local artists view the artistic production of the Diaspora and the transnational cultural cooperation? Participants: André Takou Saa, Christian Etongo.

                2nd Round table moderated by Jean Pierre Bekolo on the theme: Artistic creativity and national development. Participants: Yves Eya’a,  Ateba Ossende Fernand Ghislain, Jean Pierre Bekolo, Pascale Marthine Tayou.


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