OPENBOX – WDC2014 PROJECT
Cape Town was awarded the title, World Design Capital 2014. Under the broad banner of ‘Live Design, Transform Life’, OpenBox falls under the theme ‘Bridging the divide’.
OpenBox extends the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts and design are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics and disability.
We wanted to shift the attention from designed objects onto the experience they can create. Its all about bringing the arts back to the streets! Public space could be a contest action for challenging, exchanging ideas and dogmas alike.
Each side/elevation of OpenBox serves a slightly different function, and literally transforms from a closed box.
The structure is able to host a wide range of activities & events like storytelling, music and dance performances, and heritage crafts like basket weaving. It could also be a platform to host ‘open’ sessions for fixperts.