Charla en Kubãl – El futuro del diseño

Con motivo del Día del diseño industrial, tuve el gusto de participar en una charla transmitida en el canal del Colectivo de Diseño Kubãl, (San Luis Potosí, México), en donde pudimos reflexionar juntes sobre el rol del diseño como reflejo de la sociedad, y cómo se ven nuestras prácticas en el futuro.

En la charla participamos con Isabel Ordóñez y Nicholas Torretta, y fue un gusto haber tenido reflexiones conjuntas y transnacionales.

Muchísimas gracias por la invitación a los diseñadores y colegas Rubén Vázquez Esquivel y Juan Antonio Islas Muñoz.

Conference recordings

The recordings of the whole TECHNE’s conference On Transversality are now available until the end of February.

There is so much interesting and thought provoking material here, I recommend watching just EVERYTHING!

My participation is on Day 3, in the panel of Exile and Migration. Please feel free to share, and if you listen to it, drop a message over here with your comments. Thanks and happy end of the year!

On Transversality conference

I’m delighted to share that I will be participating in this year’s TECHNE Conference: On Transversality in Practice and Research in the panel on Exile and Migration. In this panel, I will share my design work with Latin American immigrants and share some insights on why designers could be widening up the field of Design for Migration with decolonising approaches.

Registration is free and the whole program is super interesting, welcome!

Published thesis – year 2

Friday of good news! My master thesis is now published and available for consult. 🎉

Collective weaving of territories: Exploring diasporic identities with Latin American Migrants.

ABSTRACT

This interaction design thesis contributes to the discussion in Decolonial design, and in particular it explores diasporic identities of Latin American migrants. Between adaptation and assimilation, several questions arise: About traces, values, practices and the materialities of these aspects, as well as the challenges for Interaction design and its methods to address them.

The design outcome is the concept of a collective identity territory expressed in an interactive map, that is continuously woven digitally through an app interface. The map is populated with memories, songs, recipes and dreams that materialise the diasporic situatedness. I consider it a critical fabulation on what maps can be.

The contribution of the outcome appeals to the notion of the Pluriverse to decolonise the notions of hybridity, identity and territory. The research departs from the notions of Chicano and transnational feminism, postcolonial and decolonial theories, epistemologies of the South and critical design. In the center of the design process is the collective speculation, using codesign methods to encourage shared reflections through visual and verbal resources.

A new method explores the narrative qualities of lines to weave and wander the interactive map.

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Tejido de territorios de identidad: Presentación en español

Bienvenidos a la presentación en español de mi tesis de maestría de diseño de interacción, el próximo 26 de septiembre a las 18:00 hrs. Suecia / 11:00 hrs. México.

SÍNTESIS

Esta tesis de diseño de interacción contribuye a la discusión sobre el diseño decolonial, y en particular explora las identidades diaspóricas de las migrantes Latinoamericanas.

Entre la adaptación y la asimilación surgen varias preguntas: Acerca de los vestigios, los valores, prácticas y materialidades de estos aspectos, así como los desafíos para el diseño de interacción y sus métodos.

El resultado es un concepto de un territorio colectivo de identidades que se expresa en un mapa interactivo, que continuamente se teje digitalmente a través de una interfase de aplicación digital. El mapa es poblado con memorias, canciones, recetas y sueños que materializan la situacionalidad diaspórica. Lo considero una fabulación crítica sobre lo que los mapas podrían ser.

La contribución de este resultado apela a la noción del Pluriverso, para decolonizar nociones como hibridad, identidad y territorio. Esta investigación parte de nociones de feminismos chicano y transnacional, teoría decolonial y postcolonial, epostemologías del Sur y diseño crítico. En el centro de este proceso está la especulación colectiva, usando métodos de codiseño para alentar la reflexión compartida a través de recursos visuales y verbales.

Un nuevo método explora las cualidades narrativas de las líneas, para tejer y andar el mapa interactivo.

Conceptos clave: Diseño decolonial, diseño para la descolonización, diseño especulativo, feminismo chicano y transnacional, migración, diseño de interacción.

Published thesis – year 1

My thesis project is now published, and it’s an open resource for everyone to read, refer to and discuss: Storytelling for intercultural dialogue: experience design with unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan. Using theoretical basis of decolonising and feminist theories, this project was developed as a facilitated codesign process, where the participants -a team of friends from Afghanistan and Sweden, created together a design concept for selling and sharing bolani, a kind of flatbread from Afghanistan, in order to prompt solidarity and empathy from equality, and to create their own possibilities to stay in Sweden.

This project is an attempt to bring together design and activism, where I reflect over the roles of the designer as a facilitator-listener, the role of the participants as codesigners-storytellers and the main purpose of the design as an object for democratic conversation.It was such a rich experience to work with it and with the amazing people I met in the way. 💚

Welcome to read, share and comment!

ABSTRACT

This project explores storytelling tools for the collaborative work with persons in vulnerable situation, in this case, a group of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan, living in Umeå, Sweden. The concept presented is the prototype of an eating experience, BAHAM bolani: An idea for a social company where the participants are active into creating their own possibilities to stay in Sweden.

With their own stories, they fill in the gap of how unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers are depicted in the dominant narrative. It is them providing meaning to the design concept.

The theoretical approach is from a decolonising and feminist point of view, with collaborative design methods. In the discussion, I debate the need of more listening tools for the design community based on these theories, because they allow the designer to challenge their own cultural assumptions, and meet the participants in a more humble and equal way, especially when working with persons in vulnerable situations.

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