Oh Hai! We are A Parede, a brazilian design research duo currently living in Berlin. Our research interests fall within decolonial thought, radical pedagogies, gender and sound studies.
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“The bomb, singular, is hurled at us, plural, in timed steps, in rhythmic explosions.”
Performative lecture for Transmediale 2017, as part of the Singularities panel, curated and moderated by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke. Joining us on this panel were also Dorothy R. Santos and Rasheedah Phillips.
In September 2015 we were invited by Rachel Uwa from the School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe to give a talk on “world-creation”, under their 2015 Program “Fabricating Empathy.” Joining us in this talk/panel was designer and former RCA alumni Sascha Pohflepp, as well as the program’s instructors Sitraka Rakotoniaina and Andrew Friend.
We decided to shift the theme’s focus to “world negation” instead, particularly focusing on the refugee crisis (at the time only starting to be discussed in Germany/EU), and the negation of human rights in Brazil.
We were invited to give a talk at Retune Conference, which took place in Berlin in September 2014. Centred around the motto “Inside the Mirror”, we took the conference’s tagline as an opportunity to provoke some reflection on Design practice in Europe versus in Latin America and Brazil.
The most important part of our talk was perhaps to be able to clearly define our approach to the discipline, that is, the use of Design as Politics of Confrontation. The use of speculative design proposals to ask uncomfortable questions and provoke immediate reaction from those who sometimes do not react: from our own peers to other designers to policy makers.
Many thanks to Iohanna Nicenboim, Julian Adenauer and everyone at the Retune Conference.
Photo by Thomas Schlorke.
We were invited by the organizers of the FAD Fest in Barcelona, Spain, to speak at the 3rd annual “Open Design/Shared Creativity” Conference. We took part in a round table/open session assessing the relationship between Speculative and Critical practices with that of Open Design. Along with the two of us the session was also joined by Laura Forlano, Lisa Ma and hosted by Ramon Sangüesa from “La Mandarina de Newton”.
Find here a summary and some slides of our presentation, followed up by our own wrap-up of the discussion that followed afterwards during the session.
Our warmest thanks to Viviana Narotzky, Sol Polo and Ramon Sangüesa for making this session possible.
All pictures from the FAD Fest Session by Xavi Padrós. More of them can be found here.
In April 2014 Pedro was invited by SOMA to give a talk and a workshop in Bauru, Brazil, on his research and practice. By showing the students not only the potential of SCD, but also its current problems, the talk intended to present this practice keeping these tricky questions in mind, so as to help propel the discipline into interesting and novel directions.