What if decolonization is not a metaphor?
The history of design as well as the theory are undeniable centered on Western civilization since the industrialisation and up to today, the term "design" is mostly used for things, objects, artifacts, structures, etc. produced in or by members of Western society while design from the global South for example is often labelled as "handicrafts".
With the online-platform decolonisingdesign.com, the founders want to make "alternative and marginalized discourses from the non Anglo-European sphere" visible and "seek decentralized dialogues, in which different voices can coexist in their difference rather than in an assimilated narrative."
Pedro Oliveira is a researcher, sound artist, and educator whose work inquires the cultural and colonial articulations of listening, violence, and the policing of bodies in urban and border spaces. He holds a PhD from the University of the Arts Berlin and is a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform. Currently he is a lecturer in the Musicology department at Humboldt University in Berlin.