Decolonising Futures in Design Education


 

The aim of this 3-day event is to share and discuss resources developed within the FUEL4DESIGN project with design educators, researchers and practitioners. As a means to this, we have devised a common theme of decolonising futures in design education. This is one that brings us together around key, critical and challenging matters, views and practices in engaging with learning, making and research design. Our guest speakers and panelists will provide us with topical and testy substance for our dialogues and deliberations on developing further design futures literacies that are experimental and experiential, creative and critical. These are followed by training capsules on resources developed in FUEL4DESIGN and tutoring introducing futures methodologies and knowledge into your educational practice.

 

18, 19, 20 May 2021

Each day from 15h-18:30h CEST time, via Zoom:

Keynotes and discussions
Open to the general public (recommended to Postgraduate and PhD students, faculty members, designers, educators, etc.) and invited participants by FUEL4DESIGN partners.

Training capsules and in-depth tutoring
For design researchers and educators.

 

Get your tickets here.

 


 

Learning objectives:

  • Trigger some discussion in the field around the topic “Decolonising Futures in Design Education”.
  • Position yourself in relation to language, philosophy and making in the field of Futures and Design.
  • Improve your practice by learning new techniques developed in FUEL4DESIGN.

 


 

18th May: Language and Futures

  • 15:00 – Introduction + FUEL4DESIGN training capsule: Andrew Morrison.
  • 15:20 – Keynote: Frederick van Amstel​: “Domesticated futures and monster aesthetics”.
    • The domestication of the future is a colonialist strategy that reduces existential time to a desirable space of possibilities that can be designed, packaged, and sold to underdeveloped nations as docile (design) products or as docile (design) services. Monster aesthetics is a reaction to this strategy that sets free domesticated futures by expressing otherness and dissensus through feral designs. This talk features selected feral designs from the designing for liberation research program conducted in Brazil.
  • 15:50 – Q&A
  • 16:00 – Discussion panel: Martin Avila, Ariel Guersenzvaig, Henry Mainsah, Monika Parrinder, Rahul Patel.
    • How can language suppport decolonisation in design and futures education?
    • How do we prepare students to be critical and not just awed by the future?
    • Which dangers and opportunities language hybridisation brings to a decolonising process?
    • Which other languages can express the contradictory nature of human futures?”
  • 16:45 – Break
  • 17:00 – FUEL4DESIGN training capsule: Andrew Morrison.
  • 17:15 – In-depth tutoring in 2 channels: Corbin Raymond, Palak Dudani, Manuela Celi, Ammer Harb.
  • 18:00 – Final reflection and closure

Learning objectives:
– be oriented to issues, views, challenges and potentials on decolonising design and futures literacies
– be introduced to matters of decolonising futures in the context of the projects’s Design Futures Lexicon
– be engaged in briefings and activities on selected items of the Lexicon

 

19th May: Philosophy and Futures

  • 15:00 – Introduction + FUEL4DESIGN training capsule: Betti Marenko.
  • 15:20 – Keynote: Janine Francois​: “Each One Teach One: hip-hop as a radical pedagogy of possibilities”
    • Each one, teach one is an afro-diasporic proverb originating from chattel slavery and means it is person’s responsibility to teach others once they have become enlightened with new knowledge. My keynote address, will take inspiration from this proverb to conceptualise hip-hop as a radical pedagogy of possibilities where design thinking and futurity sit at the helm of constructing new worlds and possible futures.
  • 15:50 – Q&A
  • 16:00 – Discussion panel: James Auger, Laura Benítez, Annabel Crowley, Bruce Snaddon, Ron Wakkary.
    • How can philosophy suppport decolonisation in design and futures education?
    • What does a decolonised future look and feel like to you?
    • What is the role ‘care’ in relation to decolonisation?
    • How do we build new equitable worlds?
  • 16:45 – Break
  • 17:00 – FUEL4DESIGN training capsule: Betti Marenko.
  • 17:15 – In-depth tutoring in 2 channels: Silke Lange, Pras Gunasekera, Manuela Celi, Ammer Harb.
  • 18:00 – Final reflection and closure

Learning objectives:
– be oriented to issues, views, challenges and potentials relating decolonising design futures and philosophy
– be introduced to matters of decolonising futures in the context of the projects’s Philosophical Pills
– be engaged in briefings and activities on selected items of the Philosophical Pills

 

20th May: Making and Futures

  • 15:00 – Introduction + FUEL4DESIGN training capsule: Oscar Tomico.
  • 15:20 – Keynote: Laura Forlano​: “Design’s Intimacies”
    • How do we imagine, design, use and maintain digital technologies in ways that allow all lives – human and non-human — to flourish? The answer to this question requires new understandings of what it means to be human, new conceptualizations of knowledge and expertise, new inventive methodologies as well as new ethical and political concepts. Drawing on an autoethnographic account of living with “smart” medical systems that draws on Haraway’s situated and partial knowledge, I develop the concept of the disabled cyborg, which suggests a different set contingencies and processes. Finally, I will illustrate the ways in which a first-person perspective might open up new questions and practices for design futures. How might we create a more generous understanding of human-machine relations?
  • 15:50 – Q&A
  • 16:00 – Discussion panel: Saúl Baeza, Mark Ingham, Sergio Urueña, Tomás Vivanco, Elizabeth Wright.
    • How might designers develop a deeper understanding of their own partial and situated knowledge through autoethnography and taking a 1st person perspective? What is the role of theory in an approach grounded in praxis?
    • What does it mean to develop a deeper understanding of the ethics, politics and responsibilities of designing and living with non-humans – whether algorithmic or natural systems? Why/how do you care about these non-human relations?
    • When you start with a deep understanding of your own everyday relations with non-humans, how might methodologies for design futuring evolve in new ways? Can you ask “what if” about your own relations?
  • 16:45 – Break
  • 17:00 – FUEL4DESIGN training capsule: Oscar Tomico.
  • 17:15 – In-depth tutoring in 2 channels: Mariana Quintero, Laura Clèries, Manuela Celi, Ammer Harb.
  • 18:00 – Final reflection and closure

Learning objectives:
– be oriented to issues, views, challenges and potentials on decolonising design and futures making
– be introduced to matters of decolonising futures in the context of first person perspective design interventions
– learn and apply first person perspective design interventions in futures scouting through making