Dates: 2023 (TBC)
Place: Casamance, Senegal
Price: 1.750 € (flights not included). 15% discount for Alumni, Elisava and LCC Students. The price includes insurance during the stay in Senegal
Registration deadline: 2023 (TBC)
Minimum number of students: 24
Direction: Ramon Llonch, Saúl Baeza
Language: Programme in English/Spanish/French
Note: Out of respect and caution for the artisan communities that will be visited during the stay in Senegal, students are requested to bring a recent negative Covid-19 test result
Route Artlantique is the first creative workshops journey held in Senegal. An educational exchange between African and international students, teachers and professionals from all creative disciplines.
Senegal is a focus for creativity in West Africa, where ancestral knowledge and techniques coexist with current concerns. The route we propose will put participants in touch with designers, craftsmen and local communities with global notoriety.
- Discover the potential of African creativity.
- Build a permanent bridge of communication using the language of creativity.
- Understand how globalization may have reduced distances, but not differences.
- Assume nomadism as a fundamental point of future work.
- Challenge the limits of design, culture and production.
- Participate in a unique experience that you can only live away from your daily routines.
The programme, a two-week stage organized by Ramón Llonch, founder of the Route Artlantique, includes visits to workshops by local Senegalese designers and artists, using wood, textiles, batik or jewelry, among other materials. With the knowledge of the tools and processes linked to each designer and understanding of context and people, students will develop various projects.
Located between Gambia and Guinea-Bissau, Casamance is a culturally and geographically unique part of Senegal, with a proud heritage, an ethnical melting pot, a lush paradise of greenery, vibrant waterways guarded by bountiful mangroves, palm-trees and verdant forests.
We will be located in Edioungou, a small village near Oussouye; and during two weeks we will move around different areas, from east to west, meeting local artisans, sharing techniques and discovering the beauty, the mysteries and traditions of “casamançais” people.
It is addressed to design students and other creative people who are motivated to work in different situations, with the ability to give and receive. Open-minded people who are receptive to new cultures and traditions, and who want to incorporate an authentic intercultural experience to their portfolio. People with the ability to collaborate within a group while enjoying a unique atmosphere.
We want to create a multicultural design community. We believe that designers hold the key to changing the world for the better in all that they create, build and envision for humanity. We believe that exchanging with designers from different cultures brings us closer together, and it teaches us about ourselves and the world around us, while allowing us to create a long-lasting and prosperous change for the planet and its people. Senegal’s increasingly sophisticated design scene is the perfect place to host this unique learn-through-travel experience. The aim is to give visibility and echo the uniqueness of African talents, most of them still unknown to the rest of the world, and even in the continent itself. Route Artlantique will also be a way to attract other designers and to preserve local and traditional techniques alive.