We are Luiza Prado and 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 the Decolonising Design platform.
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 performances and installations. She is a former IASPIS fellow (Sweden), and is currently undertaking a web residency from ZKM/Schloss Solitude (Germany).
Pedro is currently a lecturer and research associate in Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf (Germany). His research investigates the coloniality of sonic violence, with a focus on articulations of racialized police violence and the policing of bodies through sound and listening practices. Through his artistic work he also intervenes on decolonizing pathways of sonic insolence and auditory fabulation.
A Parede is neither a studio nor a collective; rather, it is a joint endeavor under which we compile our artistic and 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.
Our doctoral researches were fully funded by the Brazilian Council for Research and Development (CNPq) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).