Nov 2015: Launch Event and Symposium

Launch event and Symposium: Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa: Post-western Perspectives
University of the Arts, London / London College of Fashion
28 November 2015

The beginning!

The African Design Exchange (AfriDesignX) international network was officially launched on 28th November 2015 when we held a public symposium exploring design from post-western perspectives. The symposium analysed two major forces shaping the 21st century – innovations in digital technology and the ‘rise of Africa’ – through the lens of material culture and its interpretation.

It brought together an impressive array of speakers which included Mugendi M’Rithaa (Professor of Industrial Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology), Jonathan Ledgard (Director of the Afrotech Initiative at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology, Lausanne), Ayorkor Korsah (Head of the Computer Science Department at Ashesi University College and Co-founder of the African Robotics Network), Kristina Van Dyke (independent scholar and curator), Wesley Kirinya (games developer and founder of Leti Arts) and Paula Callus (Senior Lecturer in Computer Animation at Bournemouth University).


From left to right: Ayorkor Korsah, Kristina Van Dyke, Jonathan Ledgard,  Mugendi M’Rithaa, Wesley Kirinya, Paula Callus

The African Design Exchange (AfriDesignX) network is a forum led by Cher Potter and jointly supported by London College of Fashion and the V&A, for pioneering technologists, curators and scholars from Accra, Nairobi, Dakar, Cape Town, London and Oxford to discuss developments in digital design on the African continent.

You can download the Symposium agenda here.

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