GHANA THINKTANK (BASED IN USA)
GHANA THINKTANK, 2015
Ghana ThinkTank has been “Developing the First World” since 2006. They collect problems in the U.S. and Europe, and send them to think tanks they established in Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Mexico, El Salvador, and the U.S. prison system to analyze and solve. The network continues to grow…
Then they work with the communities where the problems originated to implement those solutions - whether they seem impractical or brilliant. For Connecting Cities, their proposal is to develop a Ghana ThinkTank App that brings the entire process online. The App will be activated through 'hubs' in their partner cities, towns and villages, pop-up think tank sessions of individuals who use the app together to submit problems (from the 'developed' world) and solutions (from the 'developing” world').
© Aaron Krach, Ghana ThinkTank
Video: © Public Art Lab & Ludwig Reuter
Ghana ThinkTank has been featured in major international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennial of Architecture, the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Biennale in Shenzhen, China, ZKM Museum of Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, the Foundation for Art and Technology, Liverpool, UK and the National Gallery of Wales.
They were speakers at the 2014 Creative Time Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, were awarded a 2013 fellowship in Emerging Fields from Creative Capital, and have been commissioned to work in Morocco, Serbia, Kosovo, Germany, England, China, the USA, and with a group of Sudanese refugees seeking asylum in Israel.
Current projects include a think tank process across the US/Mexico border, in which recently deported Immigrants in Tijuana solve the problems of US civilian border patrols like the Minutemen, and a project in Detroit, in which a communal Moroccan Riad is transposed between abandoned homes.