Neema Githere (@take.back.theinternet) is an indigenous-African guerilla theorist & curator.
Originally from Nairobi, Kenya their work explores Indigenous cybernetics and love as a method of transportation. A process synonymous with their experimental practice entitled "data healing" that seeks to zoom in on the intersections between technology, nature and spirituality. Through their holistic view on these diverse fields, they aim to find ways for combatting the “data trauma” – a term conceived by Olivia M. Ross – which saturates our digital world. Other projects of Neema’s include Afropresentism (a somatic practice and genre which encompasses digital diasporic cultural production in the here and now). Furthermore, they are part of the ‘Radical Love Consciousness’ collective that focuses on re-indigenization through grassroots learning networks.
She connects topics of racial, social, and environmental justice to digital archiving, coding, software, and graphic design. As a fellow at the Harvard Law School's Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society, she began an archive of global cyberfeminism spanning three decades. She has also been a fellow at the Internet Archive, co-organizing the Arts Track of the inaugural Decentralized Web Summit. Formerly she was a designer on 2×4's Interactive Media team and the Museum of Modern Art’s in-house design studio.
Lisa Baumgarten (@lis.baum) is a critical design mediator working in design, research, as writer and as teacher/learner. She is the co-creator of the participatory research platform Teaching Design which focuses on design education from intersectional feminist and decolonial perspectives. In the course of the platform Lisa has been facilitating a conversational series together with Judith Leijdekkers funded by the Stimuleringsfonds.
Lisa has been teaching design theory and practice as adjunct lecturer at German and international design universities since 2017. In October 2021 Lisa started her position as interims professor of Design Sciences (Verwaltung der Professur Designwissenschaften) at the Institute of Design Research at University of the Arts Braunschweig where she teaches in the M.A. program „Transformation Design“.
Next to her creative practice Lisa is doing her second M.A. in Cultural Studies at Humboldt-University Berlin. Her current research focuses on design education, its entanglements with neoliberalism and formats of resonating and emancipatory teaching-/learning experiences. Lisas research and writing has been published and presented amongst others at Creative Bodies—Creative Minds Conference, Graz (AU), Designsymposium “Kompliz*innen” at BURG Halle (DE), the The German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF) as well as form design magazine. Her most recent essay (form, n°293), written in collaboration with design philosopher Mara Recklies, is concerned with digital teaching tools and their effects on teaching-/learning spaces in design education.
Imad Gebrayel (@imadgebrayel) is a Designer, Ph.D candidate in European Ethnology at HU Berlin, and lecturer at UdK Berlin, HfK Bremen, and design Akademie Berlin. He investigates how designers can reposition their work, make space for alternative discourses, and abstain from recolonizing cultural experiences. His current PhD research is centered around negotiations of memory and identifications in Sonnenallee - also known as the Arab street of Berlin. Within design research, Imad looks at identity representation using examples from interdisciplinary practices contributing to an Orientalist, reductivist gaze, and propagating Othering.
In her doctoral dissertation she approaches the control over fertility and reproduction as a foundational biopolitical gesture for the establishment of the colonial/modern gender system, theorizing the emergence of ‘technoecologies of birth control’ as a framework for observing—and resisting, disrupting, troubling—colonial domination. Her ongoing artistic research project, “A Topography of Excesses,” looks into encounters between human and plant beings within the context of herbalist reproductive medicine, approaching these practices as expressions of radical care. Since 2019, she has broadened the scope of this research, developing a body of work that offers a critique of the racist concept of ‘overpopulation’ in the context of the current climate crisis. She is part of the curatorial board of transmediale 2021, is a lecturer at the Institute for Art in Context at the University of the Arts Berlin, and an assistant professor and vice-director of the Centre for Other Worlds at the Lusófona University in Lisbon. She is a founding member of Decolonising Design and based in Berlin.
She is Programme Director of Graphic Design at Camberwell, Chelsea, and Wimbledon Colleges of Art (University of the Arts London). Danah holds a Ph.D. in Design from Goldsmiths, University of London and is a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform. In 2010, she founded Kalimat Magazine, an independent, nonprofit publication about Arab thought and culture. Her research focuses on decolonising design, possibilities of design education, design culture(s) with a focus on the Arab region, the politics of design, publishing, and social design.
Silvy Chakkalakal is a Junior Professor at the Institute of European Ethnology and at the Center of Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
She teaches in the fields of postcolonial and gender studies, anthropology and literature, popular culture and aesthetics. She is the author of Die Welt in Bildern. Erfahrung und Evidenz in Friedrich J. Bertuchs 'Bilderbuch für Kinder' (1790-1830) (Wallstein 2014). Her second monograph, Indienliebe. Die frühe Ethnographie und ihre Bilder is due to be published by Kadmos in 2021. Her research focus lies on questions of creativity, cooperation, time and temporality in cultural anthropology, with special interest in anthropology’s socio-political engagements. Currently, she is working on ethnographic projects on education, antiracism and decoloniality, as well as anthropology of the future.