Whether it’s candy wrappers, furniture, nation branding or a world fair: design always requires an examination of the attitude behind it. On 02.03. 2021, the exchange and brainstorming meeting “Design for Debate: Decolonial Perspectives for Design” took place at the University of the Arts (HfK) Bremen. Lisa Baumgarten (Berlin), Imad Gebrayel (Berlin), Bianca Koczan (Berlin), Cornelia Lund (Berlin), Beatrace Angut Oola (Hamburg), Mara Recklies (Berlin), Xiyu Tomorrow (Hamburg) as well as Annette Geiger and Tania Prill (both University of the Arts Bremen) discussed the development of new perspectives for teaching, practice and research at the HfK Bremen. In the course of their joint assessment, questions about non-Eurocentric knowledge and thinking, about de-privileging ways of working, and about the relationship between theory and practice emerged.
This publication takes the results of the workshop as a starting point: In an email conversation, Cornelia Lund, Beatrace Angut Oola, Mara Recklies and Xiyu Tomorrow talk about the possibilities, challenges and perspectives of decolonial work in cultural institutions and at universities, in an email conversation, using the University of the Arts Bremen as an example.
The editors would like to thank the HfK Fund for Research and Development for financially supporting the project, as well as Annette Geiger and Tania Prill for filing the funding application. Furthermore, we would like to thank the students of the course “Druckpool AG” under the direction of Tania Prill and Andrea Rauschenbusch for designing the German version of this publication.
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