The Ghana Think Tank, Liverpool. Christopher Robbins, John Ewing and Matey Odonkor (2009)
12 second video recording booth (streamed on the web) in Liverpool,think tanks from Ghana, Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador and Serbia, postcards, DIY bollards, custom dog toilets, painted umbrellas, fake parking tickets, potentially gouching junkies...
"Things connect. How do they connect? Whichever way they can."
-Leon Seth, FACT, March 2009.
From March - May 2009, the Ghana Think Tank operated at FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, in Liverpool, UK. Problems submitted by Liverpudlians were sent to think tanks in Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Serbia, and Ethiopia, and their solutions were acted on back in Liverpool.
Solutions ranged from tough (building cement bollards to stop parking on sidewalks), to humiliating (installing a kitty-litter box for dogs in a public park) to fun (painting the undersides of umbrellas with sunshine and then doing sunny-day things in the rain) to unfamiliar (teaching drug addicts to build African instruments out of found materials, "so they can play them to earn money while gouching... instead a robbing.")
We were there as part of a group show on UNsustainability (Climate for Change) including Stefan Szczelkun, N55, Eyebeam, Melanie Gilligan and AIDS-3D, curated by Heather Corcoran.
Thanks so much to the installation team at FACT for putting together the booth and appendages, Tenant Spin for lending us their 12-second video booth from the TATE show, and for all of their help collecting problems and completing actions, and to Heather Corcoran for putting it all together.