As institutions or individuals, design bodies have been weaponized for war, colonization, racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression. This talk reports on the Designing for Liberation research program that, since 2010, engages diverse design bodies with the fight against all forms of oppression. This program unleashes designing potentials that have been prevented or denied in specific communities and social groups through participatory design, technology appropriation, self-management, critical pedagogy, theater of the oppressed and, other Marxist-inspired approaches.
Dr. Frederick (Fred) van Amstel is Assistant Professor of Service Design and Experience Design at the Industrial Design Academic Department (DADIN), Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR), Brazil. His PhD thesis, accepted by the University of Twente, maps the contradictions faced by architectural design and service design in contemporary practice. His most recent research deals with the contradiction of oppression and the possibility of designing for liberation.
Personal website: fredvanamstel.com