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.

Drop us a line for collaborations, requests, ideas and/or general friendliness: hello@a-pare.de

Talks & Workshops

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.

Block Seminar at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen: 2SWS/3 ECTS –Winter Semester 2014/2015

Public spaces are systems constructed for things and people to fit in. Whenever these systems are upset by glitches that expose faults in its structures, reveal the fragility of its foundations, crack its thin, protective walls, said glitches are immediately alienated, excluded or confined to the farthest corners of society. Within those glitches, combinations of nationality, gender, race, class, language fluency and economic power form an unsettling recipe for the interplay of social friction. Who is welcome and who is undesirable? Who and what belongs to certain social spaces, and who and what do not?

Photo Credits: Luiz Gustavo F. Zanotello

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.

Inspired by the tense political and social ordeal happening in Brazil as of 2013-14, we decided to develop a Workshop specifically aimed at brazilian designers. We were given the opportunity to make this workshop happen in three different settings (at a University, a NGO and at a design studio) and in two different formats (twice as a hands-on workshop and once as a round table). This diversity of formats and places surely made the discussions very different from one another and provided several perspectives on the subject. We think that this exchange of opinions, and, most of all, the possibility to talk openly about politics in different contexts in which the social role of design is often taken for granted is the most powerful outcome we could expect from this firs installment of our research.

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.