DESIGN IN TIMES OF CRISIS: ONÃRIA
Collaborating under the nom de plume A Parede, Luiza Prado and Pedro Oliveira create projects in the series Design in Times of Crisis to imagine future dystopias that are remarkably similar to the current realities of many living in Brazil since the 2014 election. In their words: “What would be the social and political tensions Brazil would face twenty-something years from now, should a highly conservative and neoliberal coalition rule the country?”
The project OnÃria examines how a few extremely conservative, anti-birth control bills that have gained traction in the Brazilian House of Representatives could aff ect what kinds of contraceptive technologies are accessible to Brazilian citizens, and the project considers the impacts that these bills may generate. With the initial premise that if the laws were passed by government, other kinds of contraceptives that comply with these laws would be developed and released. Prado and Oliviera question what kinds of contraceptive strategies will be implemented in such a strict and conservative scenario, and how will people respond to this. A written narrative describing the scenario of anti-birth control bills, and the promotion of a product, OnÃria, was developed. This product was accompanied by a marketing strategy that encouraged make-up trends as marks of gender and sexual identities. Participants were invited to upload selfies of how they interpreted OnÃria birth control via make-up.
Gallery visitors to ‘Climactic: Post Normal Design’ are invited to respond to the product OnÃria by posting a selfie on Instagram that represents their interpretation of the narrative with make-up (lipsticks, pencils, etc) tagged #Oniriaclimactic
Pedro Oliveira and Luiza Prado are PhD Candidates in Design Research at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Oliveira and Prado are two halves of the team A Parede, a sandbox for the development of research and for ongoing projects that pertain to their doctoral investigations, texts they have produced on the development of situated methods for critical design, and other teaching activities. All of these share the same premise: to use design as a method for political literacy, and to inquire into the accountability of material practices in securing and perpetuating issues rooted in coloniality such as gender and sonic violence. Through our work they aim to encourage the use, misuse and abuse of design tools to speculate onpreferable, anti- and decolonial futures.