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Trias Culture: Bringing digital technologies to the world of culture in Senegal

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March 29, 2013

Trias Culture is a hybrid and indefinable structure, part association, part cultural enterprise, and part label of training.Created by Maria Luisa Angulo, a vibrant Salvadorian living in Dakar, the structure has a clear mission: “To link technologies to the world of culture and artistic creation”. To carry out this objective, three areas have been developed: training, creation and raising awareness.

Trias Culture is known above all for its label, Trias Numerika, which offers a range of training courses for Senegalese artists enabling them to develop professionally thanks to the use of new technologies and new media. Courses include: how to create a website, how to edit photos and videos, how to manage your social network, how to launch your crowdfunding campaign, and even how to manage your online reputation. Thanks to an initial edition, no less than 75 artists were trained over a full week in Dakar, all of whom left with a solid basic knowledge. And although this launch edition was financed by external funds, which enabled to make participation free through a series of grants, Maria Luisa holds firm that the artists should pay for the services they use and stop depending on others to do so. Raising awareness is taking a little longer than planned here in Senegal.

 

Maria Luisa Angulo, founder of Trias Culture

The second activity of Trias Culture is that of artistic creation, focusing on the digital arts. Maria Luisa, a former dancer, tells us enthusiastically about the workshops that she has put together, where choreographers from various backgrounds learn to familiarise themselves with digital technology in their creations, work together and share their awareness and their experiences to devise different stage aesthetics where dance, digital sensors, videos and photos are combined

Lastly, Trias Culture aims to raise the awareness of the general public, in particular women and children, about art and digital technology.

The structure proposes, in collaboration with local associations, that children in the poorer districts discover art and technology through a subject which affects their environment (for example, the creation of plants from electronic or plastic waste).

 

Women during a workshop in Pikine (Senegal)

For women, Maria Luisa is running a wonderful project on photography as a means of expression and communication. Trias Culture offered 65 women a series of workshops, with the help of a professional photographer, in four different places in Senegal (three districts of Dakar and one village) alongside established women’s associations such as development associations or local projects. The idea was to teach photography and demystify the technology for women, who were sometimes illiterate and who too often just said that it wasn’t for them. Also to give the women the possibility of expressing, through their creativity and photos, how they see themselves and how they see their environment and the role they play in it. For Maria Luisa, the objective is simple: “making the involvement of women more visible in the development of their district and of the country”.

International Women’s Day

The highlight of the project took place on 8 March, International Women’s Day, during which Maria Luisa organised street screenings of all the photos taken by the women. It was a way of appropriating public spaces so that, at last, the role of the women in their district was obvious to all.

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