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Designing for Liberation

As institutions or individuals, design bodies have been weaponized for war, colonization, racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression. This talk reports on the Designing for Liberation research program that, since 2010, engages diverse design bodies with the fight against all forms of oppression. This program unleashes designing potentials that have been prevented or denied in specific communities and social groups through participatory design, technology appropriation, self-management, critical pedagogy, theater of the oppressed and, other Marxist-inspired approaches.




This talk was recorded at KISDTalks 2021, Köln International School of Design.

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