At the start of the 21st century, major shifts in global power structures coincide – and possibly correlate – with a mounting discussion around the potential of design. The Vitra Design Museum’s current exhibition »Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design« suggests that African design and art can make a unique contribution to this discussion. To delve deeper into this subject matter, the Vitra Design Museum brings together prominent thinkers and designers from the Global North and the Global South for a day of discussions and lectures.
The speakers explore pertinent areas of contemporary design discourse such as the future of production, social design and the merger of analogue and digital technologies. The question at hand: Can concepts that originate outside our traditional, Western-centric understanding of design offer an entirely new perspective and perhaps more relevant approaches in addressing today’s challenges?
This video presents the key note address to the first part of the symposium, “The future of production”, held by Mugendi M’Rithaa, Professor of Industrial Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town.
M’Rithaa combines local and international perspectives on design in Africa – he is a professor of industrial design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town and the president-elect of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). An expert thinker on participatory design methods, he discusses the hacker and maker mentality that places African designers at the forefront of contemporary issues in design.