african fabbers

curator: paolo cascone, in collaboration with urban fablab and maria giovanna mancini

team: paolo cascone (architect) with elena ciancio, giuliano galluccio, andrea giglio, flavio galdi, maria giovanna mancini, imma polito.

technical partners: urban fablab; wasp, of the big delta prototypepartner: fondazione idis - città della scienza; fondazione architetti e ingegneri liberi professionisti iscritti inarcassa; ker thiossane; dakar biennale; marrakech biennale thanks to: madre museum - naples, esav - ecole supérieure des arts visuels, cfqmam - centre de formation et qualification dans les métiers de l’artisanat, voice gallery - marrakech; afropixel – dakar.



the african fabbers project activates a collective process that enables a reconsideration of the relationship between new technology and traditional culture through a laboratory practice. this idea is based on a perspective of renewed continuity, rather than strict separation. the laboratory format—a platform for exchange between art, design, and technology—encourages us to reconsider the dynamics of cultural belonging, and contemplate the nature of the anthropological space in which they develop. african fabbers is a non-profit social innovation project developed by urban fablab. the idea is to connect the african and european community of makers and creative people through workshops, collective projects, and conferences. the project showcases an approach based on self-production and open source hardware, with the goal of using innovative technology in a creative and sustainable way. It is about creating ecological prototypes using an advanced artisanal approach. african fabbers is developing an itinerant and experimental fablab. this laboratory is designed to be an open atelier where artists, “makers,” and designers can explore digital fabrication technology in combination with traditional artisanal techniques.

the first phase of arican fabbers takes place in marrakech in the context of the biennale. it focuses on the following subjects: (1) self-construction: 3d printing using clay; (2) open-source technology: make your own low-cost 3d printer.

the second one takes place at the dakar Biennale in the framework of the afropixel festival. In this case we were dealing with a collaborative design approach exploring the interaction between high-tech design processes and low –tech construction techniques for ecological leaving.

local and foreigner participants were asked to design and build through a participatory approach an architectural dwelling for the local fablab “defko ak nep” developed by the ker thiossane association. the prototype scale one to one was built in a public space with the local community






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