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Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series

Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa: New Typologies in Digital Design

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As part of the School of Art and Design Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar series, Cher Potter presents Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa: New Typologies in Digital Design. 

  • From: Thursday 25 February 2016, 12 am
  • To: Thursday 25 February 2016, 12 am
  • Location: 108, Arkwright building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT
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We tend to think about our world’s future as being discovered in the high-tech laboratories of American scientific research institutes, or debated in elite business and political forums held in the Alps; less often do we in the West think about our future as being designed by local tech communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa is a two-year network project, launched in November 2015, investigating digital design initiatives on the African continent. It is led by Design Researcher and Curator Cher Potter, as part of a core partnership between V&A Museum and the University of the Arts London. Trends in the fields of digital image-making, robotics and gaming will be explored through a series of forums and exhibitions held in partnership with arts institutions in the UK, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa.


Cher Potter is V&A / LCF Senior Research Fellow, leading research around Contemporary African Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She also teaches a Masters course unit at University of the Arts London on 21st Century Design Cultures. A member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Futures Studies, she previously led the Creative Direction at WGSN Forecasting Bureau and curated the 23rd Impakt Arts Festival exploring a ‘postwestern turn’ in arts and design practice.

For any enquiries please contact the College of Art, Design & Built Environment Research Office by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 2301.

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108, Arkwright building


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Shakespeare Street

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