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Design and Theater of the Oppressed

Audio lecture recorded for the online Designs of the Oppressed (2021) course.

Summary: What does theater have to do with design? Theater of the Oppressed can provide great insights into recognizing and expanding the Designs of the Oppressed. Created by Augusto Boal in the 1970s, this form of theater became one of the most popular approaches for non-professional actors interested in doing politics through theater. The approach works by releasing the oppressed human development potential through rehearsing reactions to oppression in an aesthetic space. Similar explorations can also be done through participatory design and other designerly approaches that harness the aesthetics of the oppressed.

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