THE PROJECT


CYBERCONTE is a bicycle roadtrip webdocumentary project based on emerging digital culture from France to West Africa.

I will be cycling through several countries - from geographical deserts to digital deserts, from high tech to DIY technology, from cities to remote areas. For several months, it will be an immersion into the daily life of locals where unexpected resourcefulness lies alongside high technology.

The aim of this project is to build up a comprehensive image of African creativity in the field of digital technology.

Technology changes the way we create and leads to the development of new forms of expression. The purpose of this project is to explore digital culture in Africa and to meet people who will disclose their practices and reappropriation of NICT (New Information Communication and Technologies).


A PROJECT IN TWO PHASES:

A JOURNEY + A WEBDOCUMENTARY

- The first phase of this project is a journey to discover knowledge and practices, different from ours. The digital equipment that I will bring along will allow me to capture the scattered fragments of an identity and cultures. This is both a travel and a documentary work to collect evidence, experiments, through image, video and sound. A blog will be updated to share these discoveries (text, video, sounds, image) which will be a documentation of the work in progress.

- The second phase of this project concerns my return to France. After an editing phase it's an interactive journey that will be posted on the web. This project aims to explore the potential of new technologies in the subject itself but also in the final form that it will take on screen. Africa is a story telling land, so I will put up a narrative device to relate this journey and its encounters on an interactive platform.

From digital deserts to internet cafés, it will be a visual and sound trace of this trip to browse on the screen. The interface will allow everyone to immerse themselves in a virtual journey behind the scenes of digital creation.



CONTEXT

For the last ten years, the Internet has constantly been presented as a genuine
opportunity for Africa to develop and enter the so-called "global village". Yet, in actual
fact, the progression of advanced technologies in the West increasingly widens the gap between North and South.

We live in a two-speed world.

Africa accounts for the lowest levels in the world for the development of their telecommunications and investments in computing. However, despite its lack of investment in technology, there's real innovation in the use of NICT and its reappropriation is original!

Who gets connected to the internet? How do they appropriate the tools? What content is shared with the world? What role does oral tradition play in the appropriation of NICT? What impact do new technologies have on everyday life? On development? How can users connect to the web in remote villages where there is often no electricity, no internet cafe or computers?



Cartography by Eric Fischer which reveals the tweets from Twitter and photos posted on Flickr worldwide. The blue dots locate the tweets, the orange dots photographs, and the white dots for the two at a time. From the air, this map somehow reveals the digital fracture.





BY BIKE?


This trip is a two speed project,
a journey made of megabits per second
and metres per minute.

This project plays with contrasts:
the real / the virtual
the digital / the mechanical

The bike is a perfect way to travel independently allowing you to be in contact with reality.
In a world where everything goes faster, it's a slow means of travel, allowing time to understand an area building up a close relationship with its people and its cultures.
The bike makes you aware of distances, a notion that tends to be forgotten with the advent of NICT (New Information Communication and Technologies), instant messages, social networks ... The Internet breaks down the barriers of space and time and provides access to immediate information. The near and faraway become inseparable.

How do you cross a geographical desert, and how do you find a network in a populated digital desert?

This is a way to set up a relationship to time, space and communication.
The present moment is experienced, moments are captured by digital tools and then
shared online.

          





CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Does this project interest you? Would you like
to talk about it and help it come to life?


Cyberconte has been launched on Ulule, a Crowdfunding website, so feel free to pass it on to your contacts so that it benefits from greater visibility and can become reality!
http://www.ulule.com/cyberconte-projet/


A few tips to contribute to the project in 2 minutes :
1- Select your gift.
2- You arrive on the confirmation page : click on "Ok, I continue" at the bottom.
3- We are now on the Inscription page : you have two choices : "connect using Facebook" or create an account on Ulule.
If you do not have a Facebook account, just fill in the right column called "register" (first name, name, user name, email, password, address...) and click on "register" at the bottom. (This information will only be used by myself to send you the gifts) 
4- You will then be invited to enter your payment information on a secured page. 
If I do not reach the € 2000 target, you will be reimbursed.

CROWDFUNDING is a new economic model for financing projects based on the net. Internet users can make donations to finance projects and in exchange they will be sent gifts related to the project (ref: Ulule website)These donations are accepted on condition that the amount claimed by the project developer is reached within 60 days.

What you can bring to the project :
Financial support: sponsoring or participation through crowdfunding.
Material support: tools and spare parts for bicycles, camping equipment,
and of course digital materials (reflex, audio recorder, laptop, gps ...)
Logistical assistance: for housing and traveling.
A relay media: publications of articles and links to the project through your blogs, your social networks...
Assistance in preparation before and during the trip : pointing out projects to discover and offering tips of any kind!




ABOUT MYSELF


Camille Szklorz - 26 years old.

I graduated from the Fine Arts School of Valence, France in Graphic Design in 2011.
In recent years, my personal experience has led me to develop three different centres of interest, that I have gathered into one project : an attraction for Africa - trips being constantly put off due to studies, the discovery of bicycle trips and mechanics and finally studies that have revealed digital creation to me.



CONTACT

Feel free to email me to learn more about the project, or simply to submit ideas, invite me along the way or tell me things to see and do on my route! contact@cyberconte.net


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