The etymology of the word "safari" can be traced to the Arabic safara and the Swahili kusafiri, both words meaning: to travel. The definition has evolved to denote observing or hunting wild animals in their African habitat. An entire aesthetic has been created around romantic idealizations of the early safari, a colonial era expedition involving a caravan of people, supplies and weapons. The popular aesthetic, however, is largely a caricature of indigenous culture, combined with overt and often garish expressions of luxury.
This workshop seeks to explore participants’ visions of a design camp, intended to be set up on an island of the Okavango delta in North Botswana. The participants will work outdoors in the inspiring surrounding of Boisbuchet, where they need to rely on their own ingenuity and resourcefulness. Each participant takes charge of a camp feature that they deem vital. This could be a reed-based cooking facility, a crocodile-free bath, or an elephant distraction device... in a word: wild!
The results of the workshop will be replicated - partially or even entirely - in an installation on the Okavango delta site at a later date.
9 - 15 July
Video by Pablo Sevilla
Book your workshop > boisbuchet.org/workshops/