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Design’s Mediation Histories - India-UK Decolonial Relations


Sep 29 2023 to Sep 29 2023 6:30 p.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

This talk will address how design was used as a mechanism to frame independent India’s cultural prowess by the state and various cultural actors in the 1950s, while simultaneously being used as a vehicle for social and economic development by a range of stakeholders, including commercial and heritage organisations. Here the conflict between the past and present played out, unfolding recurrent dilemmas of presenting heritage in relation to modernity.

This talk is part of the series Design History Now, a series exploring design histories that connect to our contemporary moment. The series brings together a selection of speakers who engage with design as a social, political and ecological agent, and consider how design is in turn shaped by these forces. The intention is to offer a vision of design history that is deeply critical in its approach, and in tune with its contemporary relevance and purpose.

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