4 - 6 NOVEMBER 2019
IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN MUSEUM
CAPE TOWN | SOUTH AFRICA
WELCOME TO THE JELLYFISH BLOOMS SYMPOSIUM 2019
As promised in Barcelona during June 2016, Africa will be hosting the next International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium, as fitting the only continent that has not previously done so. It will be held in Mzantzi Afrika’s Mother City, Cape Town, during November 2019; thereby bring to a close “Season One” of the series!
Africa, as a continent, is a developing continent. In a way that previous host continents have not been. Whilst Africa may have witnessed the evolution of Homo sapiens sapiens, she is nevertheless young and inexperienced….in so many ways. Consequently, the conference will focus on development in its broadest sense: human capacity development, technology development, concept development, out-of-the box strategies around management, etc. There will be an emphasis on students, on women and on persons from developing nations.
Our logo is a case-in-point. Set as a project to students at a local design college, the exercise served to educate and inspire some of a new generation of young professionals, and selecting the most appropriate image was not an easy task. We hope you like our choice.
This web site will be populated over the coming months with progressively more information, and we urge you to bookmark it for regular updates.
Jellyfish Blooms Symposium in the news...
The CDI was invited earlier this year to assist with the development of some unique locally-designed craft products for the 6th International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium which will take place in Cape Town from 4 – 6 November 2019.
The CDI is exploring an opportunity for craft producers and designers to develop a small range of themed products for this event.
Thanks to funding from the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), the CDI was able to run a free workshop which was well attended by interested producers. This was a themed product design and creativity workshop designed to stimulate products that could be sourced for the Symposium.
The workshop, which took place at the Two Oceans Aquarium, also saw Professor Mark Gibbons of the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the University of the Western Cape, and one of the Symposium organisers, present to the attendees on jellyfish with a view to sparking ideas for unique products.
Professor Gibbons is passionate about development, which forms a focus of the upcoming Jellyfish Blooms Symposium. “I am very excited about the prospect of involving local craft producers in global events such as this, because I see it as a win-win for local entrepreneurs and conference attendees alike,” says Mark.
“We have so much creative talent in Cape Town and jellyfish are such beautiful, ethereal and mysterious subjects that the products developed will be sure to have wider than conference-only appeal,” he adds.
The names of many a Medusa are grounded in Greek and Roman mythology: think Chrysaora, Cassiopea and Cephea amongst others. Jellyfish feature in the poetry of AA Milne and in the writings of Jules Verne, and were illustrated in the latter’s 20,000 Leagues under the sea by Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou. Jellyfish were painted by Australian Aborigines; they were sources of inspiration for many art works produced during the deco and nouveaux periods and can certainly be recognised in the later cut-out pieces of Henri Matisse. Jellyfish have been eaten in the Far East for centuries. And they continue to enthral and wow the public when displayed in aquaria.
Jellyfish clearly have greater than scientific appeal. Given this, given their aesthetic qualities and given the development focus of this conference, we have agreed to provide a platform for local entrepreneurs to sell their jellyfish-themed crafts. South Africa has a rich, textured craft industry and we have sought collaboration in this process with the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) in Cape Town.
The Craft + Design Institute (CDI) is a South African non-profit company with 17 years of success in developing creative people, small businesses and the craft and design sector at large in South Africa. It is a catalytic agent of change in South Africa, and passionate about developing appropriately skilled and resourced craft and design practitioners who can successfully grow their businesses. The CDI believes that entrepreneurship is the key to unlocking economic growth in South Africa and provides an annual programme of activities to help South African creatives thrive.
The CDI’s services in South Africa are free or subsidised to ensure everyone can have access, offering support where the need is greatest, to thousands of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) across the country. The small businesses supported by the CDI range from start-ups to exporting businesses, and are based all over South Africa – from rural towns to urban centres.
The CDI has worked closely with the South African government, South African corporate companies, and international partners over the course of the past 17 years to develop an international profile for South African design, celebrating South African culture and heritage and helping many South African designers to become household names around the world. Through these exhibitions and trade shows, the CDI has been instrumental in taking South African design to the world.
Following early discussions between the Local Organising Committee and the CDI, the Two Oceans Aquarium agreed to host a workshop, at which interested crafters were introduced to jellyfish, both in science and in captivity, and product ideas were brainstormed. This page acts as one platform for the fruits of those ideas, and we encourage you to support these entrepreneurs. The quality of each product has been vetted by the CDI and the photographs shown here accompany details of the crafter concerned, as well as a contact email address. We ask you to liaise directly with the crafter regarding any orders in advance of the meeting, because the products are hand-made and take time to manufacture. A selection of the items will be available for viewing and purchase throughout the course of meeting, and though stocks may well be limited, future orders can be placed.
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