• Imagine Otherwise

    Imagining Otherwise encompasses current and past projects at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, and strives toward socially transformative educational and design practices and more equitable futures.

    The project started in October 2018, against the backdrop of massive feminist mobilizations, such as NiUnaMenos, Women's March, and Feminist Strike; and the rising demands from the students for design education that counters patriarchal-colonial narratives. Inspired by the research and activism of Palestinian design educator and researcher Danah Abdulla, we joined forces to start imagining design otherwise—a practice that is critical, situated, reflexive, and socially transformative.

    Believing in the transformative potential of design and echoing Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar's words, we began asking ourselves: “How can design be infused with a more explicit sense of politics?” How can we participate in the recentering of design education by specifically situating it in relation to structures of inequality, sexism, racism, and colonialism? And how can we disrupt hegemonic epistemologies, ontologies, and systems from within a Eurocentric institution, and strive toward more equitable, pluralistic futures?

    On this website, you can delve into different projects realized since 2018. They do not attempt to answer the aforementioned questions, nor to provide universally replicable solutions. Instead, they invite you to open your mind to alternatives, and to open up spaces of potential for change—as expressed by feminist activist and writer bell hooks: “a space where there is unlimited access to the pleasure and power of knowing, where transformation is possible.”

    Team
    Co-directors: Mayar El-Bakry, Maya Ober and Laura Pregger

    Imagining Otherwise was co-conceived by Maya Ober and Laura Pregger. In 2019, Mayar El-Bakry joined the team to co-curate Educating Otherwise, a continuing education program.





    Corin Gisel
    Lecturer

    Sophie Vögele
    Lecturer

    Jörg Wiesel
    Supporter: Imagining Otherwise

    Deborah Holman
    Lecturer

    Zoy Anastassakis
    Lecturer

    Griselda Flesler
    Lecturer

    Laura Pregger
    co-curator imagining otherwise and Lecturer

    Iyo Bisseck
    Coder Extraordinaire

    Muhammad Jabali
    Lecturer

    Danah Abdulla
    Lecturer

    Tanveer Ahmed
    Lecturer

    Nina Paim
    Lecturer

    Dorothée King
    Lecturer

    Aylin Yildirim–Tschoepe
    Lecturer

    Mat* Avogadro
    Lecturer

    Nadia Lanfranchi
    Lecturer

    Elise Connor
    Lecturer

    Rahel El-Maawi
    Lecturer

    Nina Muehlemann
    Lecturer

    Mayar El Bakry
    co-curator imagining otherwise

    Maya Ober
    co-director Imagining Otherwise and lecturer

    Ornella Galvani
    Lecturer

    Ann Kern
    Lecturer

    Claudia Mareis
    Supporter: Imagining Otherwise

    Parasto Backman
    Lecturer