Titolo principale della presentazione
SUPSI, 18 ottobre 2018
Nell’ambito del seminario “Sviluppi socioculturali del lavoro sociale”
Dr. Iolanda Pensa, Ph.D. Ricercatore senior Laboratorio cultura visiva,
Dipartimento ambiente costruzioni design, SUPSI.
Douala Camerun - ricerche dal 2003
Dakar Senegal - ricerche dal 1998
Consulente a Cape Town Sudafrica 2004-2005
Volontario su Wikipedia dal 2006
CH - Ricercatore SUSPI (dal 2013)
USA ricerche sugli enti ﬁnanziatori
Rotterdam NL - Fondatore iStrike Foundation (2005-2007)
Volontario a Esino Lario - Dal 2003 Archivio Pietro Pensa/Ecomuseo delle Grigne/Wikimania
Milano - Direttore scientiﬁco Fondazione lettera27 ora Fondazione Moleskine (2006-2012)
Estremo oriente russo
Nata a Ginevra nel 1975.Vivo a Milano. Svizzera e italiana.
Collaboratore e critico d’arte per riviste dal 2001
Milano - Laurea in lettere moderne indirizzo storia dell'arte medievale con tesi in arte contemporanea sulla Biennale di Dakar - Università Cattolica
Dottorato di ricerca in antropologia sociale ed etnologia alla EHESS di Parigi e in governo e progettazione del territorio al Politecnico di Milano
Diploma di scuola superiore
CapistranoValley High School USA
Volontariato europeo a Cambridge UK
Context Objective Activities
Freedom of expression
Number of people
Coherence with the expected results
Structure of a project.
Biennial = 2 years
Triennial = 3 years
Research and experimentation?
THE PROJECT RESEARCH TEAM RESEARCH FINDINGS
The research “Mobile A2K: Culture and Safety in Africa. Documenting
and assessing the impact of cultural events and public art on urban
safety” is an applied research with an interdisciplinary and comparative
approach, conceived to document and assess the impact of cultural
events and public art on urban safety in relationship with the Millennium
Development Goal 7d (“By 2020, to have achieved a signiﬁcant
improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers”).
More speciﬁcally the research aimed at:
1. Documenting and mapping cultural events and public art produced
between 1991 and 2013 in the cities of Douala, Luanda and
Johannesburg and making this documentation accessible through
2. Assessing the impact of cultural events and public art on urban
safety by exploring a series of case studies and compare them.
Research question. How cultural events and public art affect urban
safety in African cities? Can we assess these changes as positive
according to a group of factors?
Hypothesis. The arts are a space for experimentation and research,
not directly connected to urban safety, but capable of triggering
unforeseen ways of producing higher livability, civil cohabitation and
According to its objectives, the research has documented and mapped
cultural events and public art in Douala, Luanda and Johannesburg
between 1991 and 2013, and – through case studies (with maps and
qualitative and quantitative interviews) – it has analyzed the impact of
those cultural events and public art on urban safety.
mobileA2K.org - April 2014
The research team was composed of scholars in the ﬁelds of arts,
communication, design, architecture, anthropology and sociology, and
with representatives of institutions working in the three cities at the
centre of our analysis.
The research was coordinated by the University of Applied Sciences
and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), conceived and supported by
lettera27 Foundation, co-funded by the Swiss Network for International
Studies (SNIS) and implemented in partnership with the African Center
for Cities at the University of Cape Town, Chimurenga, doual’art, Ecole
Cantonale d'Art du Valais (ECAV), École Nationale Supérieure des
Télécommunications, Fundação Sindika Dokolo, Latitude, NewMinE at
University of Lugano, University Iuav of Venice.
Davide Fornari (coordinator), Iolanda Pensa (curator), Fernando Alvim,
Alfred Anangwe, Emanuela Fanny Bonini Lessing, Serena Cangiano,
Lorenzo Cantoni, Marilyn Douala Bell, Ntone Edjabe, Ismail Farouk,
Aude Guyot, Inge M. Ruigrok, Sylvie Kandé, Federica Martini, Luca
Morici, Simon Njami, Edgar Arthur PieterseMarta Pucciarelli, Isabella
Rega, Didier Schaub, Andy Spitz, Fabio Vanin, Caroline Wanjiku
What emerges from the comparative analysis of the research ﬁndings:
1. The space of experimentation and research of the arts is much
more limited than we expected. The arts are limited by a series
internal and external of factors (selection, location of the artwork,
technical aspects of the production, frame of the concept, role of the
clients, maintenance of the work and assessment of artistic quality).
More than any other art production, the outdoor nature and the size
of cultural event and public art are inﬂuenced by those limitations.
2. By looking at the positive and negative impact of cultural events and
public art on urban safety what it emerges is that there is not only
an indirect impact, but also direct one (positive and negative), in
particular through the production of forced evictions and
3. By observing the different typologies of artworks produced in the
cities at the centre of our analysis, the research highlighted four
different type of productions which appear to have recurrent
characteristics and fall-outs: proximity artworks, artworks in
passageways, large-scale sculptures and monuments and urban-
scale artworks and cultural events.
4. Land ownership and negotiation plays a determinate role on the
impact of cultural events and public art on urban safety. The
process engaged in producing cultural events and public art can
support community-building, it can reinforce sense of ownership, it
can trigger individual and group actions in maintaining and
improving a shared space and it can produce restoration and
repurpose of sites. At the same time the production of cultural
events and public art can lead to forced evictions, vandalism and
conﬂicts. The process and who is involved in the process is a direct
consequence of land ownership and negotiation.
MOBILE A2K Culture and Safety in Africa
SOSO|GLOBO arte contemporânea
SOSO| BALEIZÃO _ LOTUS
SOSO|LAX _ SINDIKA DOKOLO
UNAP SOSO|BAI ARTE
Av 4 de Fevereiro
Largo Rainha Ginga
Rua Rainha GInga
Rua Hengrácia Fragoso
Rua Frederich Engles
FUNDAÇÃO SINDIKA DOKOLO | TRIENAL DE LUANDA _ ESPAÇOS
WikiAfrica/ShareYour Knowledge 2012. Iolanda Pensa, status report with mistakes, 2013, CC by-sa. Status http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Case_studies/WikiAfrica/Share_Your_Knowledge/Institutions
Wiki Loves Monuments
Notebooks (Detour, myDetour,WikiAfrica special editions)
Presentations and events
Creative Commons afﬁliate
Orange and Orange Foundation (free Wikipedia on mobile phones)
Feed My Starving Children
International Institute for
Communication and Development
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance
Western Province Government – Department of museums - 28
museums in Western Cape Province, South Africa, Bartolomeu Dias
Museum, Beaufort-West Museum, Caledon Museum, Cango Caves
Museum, Cape Medical Museum, CP Nel Museum, Drostdy Museum,
Fransie Pienaar Museum, Genadendal Mission Museum, George
Museum, Groot-Brakrivier Museum, Hout Bay Museum, Huguenot
Memorial Museum, Jan Dankaert Museum, Koopmans De Wet House
Museum, Montagu Museum, Old Harbour Museum, Paarl Museum,
Robertson Museum, SA Fisheries Museum,
Sendinggestig(Missionary)Museum, Shipwreck Museum, Simon's Town
Museum, Stellenbosch Museum, Transport Riders Museum, Wellington
Museum, Wheat Industry Museum, Worcester Museum
Gambia National Museum
Sungani Zakwathu Cultural Heritage Promotions
Postal Museum, Matengatenga, Malawi
Zanzibar National Museum
Mochudi, BotswanaSeychelles People Defense
Forces Museum (SPDF)
Uganda National Museum
Dataset of administrations in Botswana
The windmills of Kinderdijk,The Netherlands,Author:Tarod,Wikimedia Commons, 2012, cc by-sa.
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.Author:Thaler – Tamás Thaler,Wikimedia Commons, 2013, cc by-sa.
Monastery and chateau in Zbraslav, Prague, Czech Republic.Author: Zdeněk Fiedler,Wikimedia Commons, 2013, cc by-sa.
Baptistery of St. Peter, San Pietro in Consavia church,Asti, Italy.Author: Marco Odina,Wikimedia Commons, 2012, cc by-sa.
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Cambiare la legge (o emettere una circolare):
Permettere l’uso commerciale delle immagini dei beni culturali!
Il paesaggio culturale alpino su Wikipedia. Progetto Italia-Svizzera. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Alps_on_Wikipedia
Dal 2006 licenza libera compatibile con Wikipedia e documentazione storica e contemporanea caricata su Wikimedia Commons alla massima risoluzione.
2006 Harvard University
2012 George Washington
2009 Centro Cultural San
Martín, Buenos Aires
2011 Haifa Auditorium
2013 Hong Kong
2016The entire village of Esino Lario,
Lake Como area, Italy
2014 Barbican Centre in
2010 Polish Baltic
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Primary_School - April 2014
WIKIPEDIA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Providing on Wikipedia the information necessary to complete the cycle of primary
education in the languages used by the different education systems.
The research is developed within a Swiss-South African
cooperation lead by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts
of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and the University of Cape
Town, in partnership with Wikimedia Switzerland and the Africa
Centre based in Cape Town, and with the support of SNF and
the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).!
Iolanda Pensa (principal investigator Switzerland), Tobias
Schönwetter (principal investigator South Africa), Luca Botturi,
Davide Fornari, Giancarlo Gianocca, Isla Haddow-Flood, Erica
Litrenta, Giovanni Profeta, Kelsey Wiens.
Wikipedia is meant to be an educational tool and it is currently
available online, via mobile phones and ofﬂine. Experiences
have shown that, once accessible, Wikipedia does not provide
information that responds directly to curriculum-based questions.
The project relies on Wikipedia as an existing and growing
resource, it solves the need for an encyclopedia capable of
responding to curriculum-based questions, and it fosters
Wikipedia content, quality and outreach.
THE PROJECT RESEARCH TEAM
The research project developed within a Swiss-South African
cooperation (2014-2017) focuses on the theoretical frame of
Wikipedia Primary School and in developing and evaluating a
system to assess Wikipedia articles for primary education and to
involve a wide network of scholars and contributors in their
More speciﬁcally the project aims at:!
1. Bridging Wikipedia and primary education. This objective
implies to move the Wikipedia community towards a focus on
primary education, and at the same time to strengthen the
capacity of the education ecosystem to contribute to
Wikipedia, and in general to open collaborative knowledge.
2. Enriching Wikipedia with new content relevant to primary
education. This objective implies an assessment of the
3. Fostering the development of translations and new content in
different Wikipedia linguistic editions. This objective implies
the release of existing educational resources (OER in cc by
or cc by-sa), the production of datasets and the involvement
of the Wikimedia movement.
4. Verifying and evaluating the use of Wikipedia as a source of
information for primary education. This objective implies the
involvement of stakeholders and data analysis.
Wikipedia Primary School contributes to universal primary
education and to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG2:
Achieve Universal Primary Education). Even if it is scalable and
international, the project is conceived primarily to address African
countries and languages.
Wikipedia Primary School, visualization by Giovanni Profeta, https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Primary_School, cc by-sa.
August 2015 March 2016