We are Dr. Luiza Prado and Dr. Pedro Oliveira, and we both hold Ph.Ds in Design Research from the Universität der Künste Berlin. Since 2016, together with other researchers with ties to the Global South, we are co-founders and members of Decolonising Design. Our doctoral researches were fully funded by the Brazilian Council for Research and Development (CNPq) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Luiza‘s work investigates the ways in which colonial difference is inscribed and imposed upon and within bodies through technology; over the past four years, she has been researching practices of birth control and their relationship to coloniality through video, performance, and sculpture. She is a former IASPIS fellow (Sweden), as well as ZKM/Schloss Solitude web resident (Germany). Currently she is in residency at the Vilém Flusser Institute, and holder of the Dieter Ruckhaberle Preis.
Pedro works with sound and performance to inquire the colonial politics of sonic violence, and in particular the articulations of police violence and the policing of bodies through sound and listening practices. His current artistic research intervenes on accent recognition technologies within the migration and border industry in Germany and the EU. In 2018–19 he was a teaching and research associate in Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. He is currently an artist-in-residence at IASPIS and a guest composer at EMS in Stockholm.
A Parede is neither a studio nor a collective; rather, it is a joint endeavor under which we compile our pedagogical research, texts we’ve been writing, and public speaking features. Our work advances a decolonizing framework for inquiring and intervening on material practices, with a particular interest in matters of culture, gender and sound studies. Through our research and practice we actively promote and support the enunciation of counter-hegemonic, anti-/decolonial presents and immediate futures.