Pluriversal Design: A Virtual Decolonising Exhibition by Asnath Kambunga and Anne Chahine

The Pluriversal Design Exhibition explores how we might design and engage audiences in virtual environments as alternative spaces to decolonise design practice and shared knowledge production and brings together multiple perspectives to decolonising design.

The POEM fellows Asnath Kambunga and Anne Chahine and the POEM Supervisors Rachel Charlotte Smith and Heike Winschiers-Theophilus contributed to the collaborative exhibition which brings together design research projects from Australia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Ghana, Greenland, Italy, Malaysia and Namibia.

The exhibition spaces raise the questions on how to create virtual spaces for pluriversal dialogue and engagement and what can a virtual exhibition on decoloniality teach us about designing for the pluriverse?

The perspectives and artefacts are packaged through Mozilla Hubs as a platform to harness the practices. The aim is to shift perspectives and push the discussion on decoloniality to the fore within the C&T community, especially concerning different topics of interest at the CT conference, such as community engagement, knowledge, urban technologies, and designing in pandemic times. [1]

See the exhibition here and pay special attention to the Greenlandic and Namibian room.



[1] Cf.: Kambunga, Asnath Paula/ Charlotte Smith, Rachel/ Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike/ Pinto, Nathaly/ Barriga Abril, Xavier/ Boffi, Laura/ Dzisi, Emmanuel/ Zaman, Tariq/ Hernandez Ibinarriaga, Desiree/ Chahine, Anne/ Jensen, Laura/ Vold, Vivi (2021). “Pluriversal Design: A Virtual Decolonising Exhibition.” In: Seattle, USA: European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET).



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859.