May 2018: V&A Conference

KpaKpaKpa: Design Concepts from the African Continent

 Dates: Friday 18th May 2018
Time: 10am – 5.30pm
Venue: Hochhauser Auditorium, Victoria and Albert Museum

This one-day event brings together design and research pioneers from across the African continent to consider future-oriented design concepts and digital making practices. Speakers will cover the fields of robotics, fashion design, architecture and video games design.We will seek to address the role of African designers in global museums, design curricula and industry. The day will open and close with keynote presentations from Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu (NASA Mars Rover Lead Engineer) and Selly Raby Kane (fashion designer and VR film-maker). This event will be open to the public, with opportunities for questions and discussion alongside talks.

 Curated by Cher Potter from the London College of Fashion and the Victoria and Albert Museum, alongside the AfriDesignX network, a pan-African network of designers and academics championing exciting initiatives across the continent.

 Other participants include President Emiritus of the World Design Organisation Mugendi K. M’Rithaa, roboticist Ayorkor Korsah, fashion designers The Sartists collective, video game designers Wesley Kirinya and Salim Busuru, architect DK Osseo Asare, designer Dela A. Kumahor and nomadic doctor Njoki Ngumi.

To book your place at this free event, please click here. Tickets are limited.



 10.15am_ Welcome to Kpakpakpa: Design Concepts from the African Continent, by Cher Potter (LCF/V&A Research Fellow)

10.30am_  Opening Keynote: Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu (Engineer, NASA) – Intersections of engineering, design and the Arts


11.20am_  TEA BREAK

 11.35am_  Session #1: Ayekoo and coded mythologies

Ayorkor Korsah (AFRON: African Robotics Network, Ashesi University Computer Science)

Wesley Kirinya (Leti Arts)

Discussion hosted by Njoki Ngumi (NEST Collective)

 12.40pm_  Session #2: Stellate Innovation and comparable technologies

Ralph Borland (African Robots; UCT Global Arenas)

1.00pm_  LUNCH

2.00pm_ Session #2 (continued): 

DK Osseo-Asare (LOWDO: Low Design Office, Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform)

Discussion hosted by Njoki Ngumi (NEST Collective)

2.45pm_ Session #3: Kpakpakpa and concepts of design thinking

Dela A. Kumahor (Independent UX Designer)

Mokena Makeka (Makeka Design Lab)

Discussion hosted by Njoki Ngumi (NEST Collective)


4.05_ Closing Keynote: Selly Raby Kane (Independent Fashion Designer) – Intersections of fashion, technology and the Arts


4.45_ closing remarks

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