This cooperation of Congolese plantation workers develops new economic initiatives based on the production and sale of critical art. Through the launch of a creative economy, it aims to improve the economic position of its members and their communities.
The Van Abbemuseum is artistic partner and advisor to Human Activities and co-develops the artistic program on the settlement. Human Activities has exhibited works from the Van Abbemuseum’s collection in Congo and the museum has shown CATPC sculptures at the Van Abbemuseum.
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV, VPRO, Intifilms and several other European broadcasters are developing with Human Activities a feature-length documentary on the initiative that will premiere in 2019.
Human Activities is a four-year research program at KASK – School of Arts in Ghent. The Ghent University Association contributes to the operating budget, appointed two research assistants and sponsored the redesign of Human Activities’s website. Other then this, the KASK supports the development of an extended publication on the CATPC by editing directors Els Roelandt and Eva Barois De Caevel.
The Akademie der Künste der Welt aims to the create an intercultural dialogue within the arts. Focused on issues such as migration, responsibility, and non-Western art, the art academy is geared toward developing aesthetic processes that break down language barriers. The Academy supports the workshops in Congo.
The consultancy and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos is specialized in creating product-market combinations, offering marketable solutions to engineering problems. This firm added its technical expertise to the project by optimizing the production chain of chocolate with added feelings, from digital scanning to 3D-printing.
The Belgian-French group Barry Callebaut is the world leader in the processing of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products. The company is committed to sustainable cocoa production. Barry Callebaut sponsored the chocolate used for self-portraits.
AFK – Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
The Art of Impact
KASK – School of Arts in Ghent
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Prince Claus Fund
Stichting Educatie en Cultuur
Vlaams ministerie van Cultuur, Media, Jeugd
Brave New Works