The symposium welcomed artist Katie Numi (Belize City, Belize) elaborating about discrimination in art schools, feminist designer Lisa Baumgarten (Berlin, Germany) pointing out how discrimination follows design, design follows discrimination, and typographer Charlotte Rohde (Amsterdam, Netherlands) speaking about feminist discourse in typography.
KATIE NUMI USHER studied fine art at the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán in Mexico. Three semesters before acquiring a degree, she returned to Belize, where she has been exploring Blackness, Black female erasure and questioning the status quo, in the Belizean context specifically questioning and deconstructing the colonial mindset through art.
LISA BAUMGARTEN is co-founder of the platform Teaching Design, which approaches design education from intersectional-feminist and decolonial perspectives. She works as a freelance designer and art director. She teaches at design colleges and universities in Germany. As a design educator, her focus is on exploring scopes for action and empowering students to question and break through established structures.
CHARLOTTE ROHDE is a (type-)designer and artist (1992, DE), currently based in Amsterdam. As part of the Sandberg Design Department, she is researching on how type as an extension of the body can function to shape feminist discourses within our society. Her work reaches from designing posters, books and her own typefaces to ceramic sculptures and spacial installations. She also writes poetry and essays, teaches workshops and hosts various events.
Each of the guests hold a presentation in reaction on how can we transform the art and design field to be more inclusive – transformative; decolonised, queer and intersectional. Strategies to follow transformative discourse were discussed from art, design and typographical perspective in order to embrace an inclusive practice.
More than 70 designers and educators joined from Berlin, Ghent, Hamburg, Leipzig, London, Montreal, New York, Oslo and Sharjah. Unfortunately, the event was verbally violated by the last speaker (transcript in the video). Read an elaborated essay about the Symposium soon. There’s no other feminism than the intersectional, there’s no other perspective than the queer one, there is no other process than the decolonised. We need to keep doing the work to eliminate hate, ignorance and privilege and push for an intersectional and decolonised approach to design and the world at large.