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Domesticated futures and monster aesthetics

So far, design has contributed mostly to domesticate futures for the colonized. Nevertheless, design can also serve decolonizing practices that bring back the contradictory nature of human futures. 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. This talk features selected projects from the designing for liberation research program conducted in Brazil.



This keynote talk was recorded at Decolonising Futures in Design Education organized by Elisava and other partners from the FUEL4DESIGN research project.



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