THE BLOG

26
Mar

Cultivating Unemployment

“Cultivating Unemployment takes a hard look at the realities of rural economies in South Africa and begins to grapple with the policy implications of these realities. The video shows the challenges and difficulties involved in creating rural economies that can multiply benefits for rural dwellers.” Produced by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies

26
Mar

The Farmer and his Prince

“This film depicts a Prince, who has the vision to feed the world with organic agriculture and heal damaged nature. Alongside his charismatic farm manager David Wilson, he has been pursuing this goal for 30 years. Through poetically impressive images, this unique collaboration portrays how organic agriculture works, and the benefits that emanate from it. Bertram Verhaag observed these two visionaries over the course of five years – through all four seasons.

The Prince of Wales already felt strongly about the concept of organic and sustainable farming long before the word “sustainability” was on everyone’s lips. More than 30 years ago, he realised that other farmers could only be swayed to cultivate their land without poisons and in harmony with nature, if they were presented with a practical example. This example turned into an exceptional success and now, farmers from all over the United Kingdom travel to the Duchy Home Farm, to gather the courage and knowledge they need, to convert to organic themselves. Prince Charles appears in an entirely unusual light, which forces the viewer to throw all prejudices towards him and organic agriculture overboard.” from http://www.denkmalfilm.tv/index.php?page=prinz&l=en

17
Mar

Cumulus Johannesburg: Design with the Other 90%: Changing the World by Design

When: 22 – 24 September 2014
Where:  Johannesburg, South Africa
www.cumulusjohannesburg.co.za

Hosted by Greenside Design Center (GDC) and the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg. Professionals, academics and educators from across the globe are invited to South Africa to share knowledge, ideas and inspiration around the role of design in changing the world. The event includes:

–        Addresses by three keynote speakers
–        Presentation of the conferences papers in the morning
–        Breakaway sessions (workshops and excursions) in the afternoon
–        An exhibition of student and alumni work from both institutions
–        A gala dinner

See the Call for Abstracts / Papers for more information

Educators and academics are also invited to participate in GDC’s three-week community engagement design project (10%) from 1 – 19 September 2014. See the Call for Participation for more information

For any queries, please contact info@cumulusjohannesburg.co.za.

Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus consists currently of 198 members from 48 countries. www.cumulusassociation.org