Ravi Sundaram: Pirate Modernity: Delhi’s Media Urbanism (2009)

25 September 2019, dusan

“Using Delhi’s contemporary history as a site for reflection, Pirate Modernity moves from a detailed discussion of the technocratic design of the city by US planners in the 1950s, to the massive expansions after 1977, culminating in the urban crisis of the 1990s.

As a practice, pirate modernity is an illicit form of urban globalization. Poorer urban populations increasingly inhabit non-legal spheres: unauthorized neighborhoods, squatter camps and bypass legal technological infrastructures (media, electricity). This pirate culture produces a significant enabling resource for subaltern populations unable to enter the legal city. Equally, this is an unstable world, bringing subaltern populations into the harsh glare of permanent technological visibility, and attacks by urban elites, courts and visceral media industries. The book examines contemporary Delhi from some of these sites: the unmaking of the citys modernist planning design, new technological urban networks that bypass states and corporations, and the tragic experience of the road accident terrifyingly enhanced by technological culture. Pirate Modernity moves between past and present, along with debates in Asia, Africa and Latin America on urbanism, media culture, and everyday life.
 
This pioneering book suggests cities have to be revisited afresh after proliferating media culture. Pirate Modernity boldly draws from urban and cultural theory to open a new agenda for a world after media urbanism.”

Publisher Routledge, Oxford & New York, 2009
Asia’s Transformations series
ISBN 9780415409667, 0415409667
xix+224 pages
HT Geraldine

Reviews: Diya Mehra (SAMAJ, 2011), Fei An Tjan (Masters of Media, 2010).

Publisher
WorldCat

PDF (10 MB)

Decolonising Design (2016–)

14 July 2019, dusan

“Our objective—as design scholars and practitioners—is to transform the very terms of present day design studies and research. Designers can put to task their skills, techniques, and mentalities to designing futures aimed at advancing ecological, social, and technological conditions where multiple worlds and knowledges, involving both humans and nonhumans, can flourish in mutually enhancing ways. For us, decolonisation is not simply one more option or approach among others within design discourse. Rather, it is a fundamental imperative to which all design endeavors must be oriented.

It is with the aim of providing an outlet for voices from the fringes, the voices of the marginal and the suppressed in design discourse, that we have opened this platform. We welcome all of those who work silently and surely on the edges and outskirts of the discipline to join and contribute to conversations that question and critique the politics of design practice today, where we can discuss strategies and tactics through which to engage with more mainstream discourse, and where we can collectively experiment with alternatives and reformulations of contemporary practice.” (from the Editorial)

Edited by Ahmed Ansari, Danah Abdulla, Ece Canli, Mahmoud Keshavarz, Matthew Kiem, Pedro Oliveira, Luiza Prado, Tristan Schultz, a.o.

HTML
A Manifesto for Decolonising Design (2019; Editorial, 2016/2017, HTML)
Design & Culture 10(1): Decolonizing Design (special issue of journal, 2018)

Contemporary And (C&): Platform for International Art from African Perspectives, 1-9 (2014-2018)

6 June 2019, dusan

Contemporary And (C&) is an online art magazine and a dynamic space for the reflection on and linking together of ideas, discourse and information on contemporary art practice from diverse African perspectives.”

Edited by Julia Grosse, Yvette Mutumba, Will Furtado, a.o.
Publisher Contemporary And (C&) & Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Stuttgart
Open Access

Publisher

HTML (online platform)
PDFs (print issues):
Issue 1: Dak’Art 14 (Dakar Biennale Special) (Apr 2014)
Issue 2: Kampala Focus (Sep 2014)
Issue 3: Focus Migration (Jun 2015)
Issue 4: Focus Bamako (10th Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography Special) (English/French, Sep 2015)
Issue 5: The Interview Issue (Feb 2016)
Issue 6: Afro-Brazilian Perspectives (32nd Bienal de São Paulo Special) (Sep 2016)
Issue 7: Curriculum of Connections (documenta 14 Special) (Jun 2017)
Special Edition: #Nairobi (Sep 2017)
Issue 8: Conditions (Art Scene Cameroon Special) (Dec 2017)
Issue 9: You Are Already in it: Looking at a Global Diaspora (10th Berlin Biennale Special) (Jun 2018)