What is Mobile A2K?

Mobile A2K – Mobile Access to Knowledge is a project launched in 2009 to support the development of innovative tools for education, and to promote the creation of content on urban transformation. A three-day symposium at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center set forth the basis for research and discussion. Here you can find the complete documentation from the symposium.

In 2012 the second phase was launched: Mobile Access to Knowledge: Culture and Safety in Africa – an international research project based on interdisciplinary and comparative methodologies. Conceived and supported by lettera27, the project is coordinated by SUPSI (The Italian Language University of Switzerland), and implemented thanks to the co-financing of SNIS (Swiss Network for International Studies). The complete report from 2011-2014 can be found here.

Pascale Mathine Tayou, The Tower, SUD, Douala 2010

“The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself.”

Woody Dumas — Former Mayor of Baton Rouge

What does Mobile A2K do?

Mobile A2K is a project in motion. Mobile like cellphones, the most widespread technological objects in Africa. Mobile like the tools to be produced: itinerant and reproducible didactic modules to be learnt and used in different territories. Mobile A2K supports the building and sharing of resources, encourages the creation of networks among participants, sharing of content, and increased participation. Mobile A2K facilitates the creation of interfaces, new and innovative ways to produce, organize and access knowledge within the field of education.

Mobile A2K is a project promoted by lettera27 in partnership with SUPSI and in collaboration with three African organizations: Chimurenga (Cape Town, South Africa), Doual’Art (Douala, Cameroon), and Kër Thiossane (Dakar, Senegal).

What have we accomplished?

The project supports didactic units created and developed by our African partner associations:

Chimurenga Chronicle
Chimurenga will present the monographic issue entitled Chronicle – A speculative, future-forward newspaper that travels back in time to re-imagine the present. Back-dated to May 18-24, 2008, it reports on the first week of the xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Pedagogical Suitcase
A technological toolkit to learn how to create interactive works, created by Kër Thiossane.

Douala Ville d’Art et d’Historie
A digital and analog map of Douala, accessible via mobile phone, created by Doual’Art.


Online platform

Iolanda Pensa
in collaboration with Roberto Casati

Executive Director
Davide Fornari, SUPSI

With the support of
illy and illy sustainArt


Mobile A2K, 2009-2011

Executive Director
Davide Fornari, SUPSI

With the support of

illy and illy sustainArt

Doual’art, Douala, Cameroon
Chimurenga, Cape Town, South Africa
Kër Thiossane, Dakar, Senegal

Mobile A2K on Flickr
Festivaletteratura 2010
SUD 2010 | photographs by Roberto Paci Dalò.

Mobile A2K on YouTube
Video Interviews

Mobile A2K, 2011-2014

Mobile A2K website

Mobile A2K is coordinated by

Davide Fornari, SUPSI

Research Team
Fernando Alvim
Alfred Anangwe
Emanuela Fanny Bonini Lessing
Serena Cangiano
Lorenzo Cantoni
Marilyn Douala Bell
Ntone Edjabe
Ismail Farouk
Aude Guyot
Inge M. Ruigrok
Sylvie Kandé
Federica Martini
Luca Morici
Simon Njami
Edgar Arthur Pieterse
Marta Pucciarelli
Isabella Rega
Didier Schaub
Andy Spitz
Fabio Vanin
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato