Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow

Design Histories between Africa and Europe

As a teenager, I spent my time wondering why in sci-fi movies, every landscape, every object I could see was Western or Asian based. I've finally understood that somewhere our legacy had been locked in the past, that we couldn't be "futuristic" in the eyes of our fellow Europeans. We have to look behind our shoulders, get back to our traditions, seize the best of them and shape a future with it. This without forgetting we are part of the world, totally, unquestionably. The future is for me not only a matter of dialogue with the past, but and beyond everything a dialogue with the rest of the planet.

Kossi Aguessy

How is it possible to adequately capture histories of design in Africa, a continent with fifty-four countries? How can one avoid producing just another essentialising master narrative of "African Design"? How can one make sense of the many entangled yet often asymmetric and sometimes ambivalent histories of form-finding processes between Africa and Europe? In keeping with the premises of a global art and design history approach, the book offers a change of perspective: focusing on the mobility of people, objects and ideas – on flows between Africa and Europe as well as on a South-South axis – allows for multiple yet necessarily fragmented design histories to be identified and recognised. The contributors trace multi-faceted design case studies from a historical perspective, with attention to the present as well as towards possible futures.

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23 September 2019, 208 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-4201-2
File size: 7.98 MB

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Kerstin Pinther

Kerstin Pinther, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Deutschland

Alexandra Weigand

Alexandra Weigand, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Deutschland

Kerstin Pinther / Alexandra Weigand (eds.)
Book title
Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow Design Histories between Africa and Europe
transcript Verlag
17 SW-Abbildungen, 85 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
DES008000 ART015030 ART015010
Release date
23 September 2019
Europa, Design
Art and Design Studies, Art and Design History, African Studies, Architecture, Art and Cultural Management, Curational Studies
Design, Design History, Art History, African Studies, Architecture, Exhibition, Europe, European Art, African Art, Art History of the 20th Century

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