Decolonising Namibian Arts and Design through Improvisation

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The research investigates the role of service design and improvisation as decolonising practice. It is based on case study research with a focus group consisting of Namibian artists, designers, artisans and arts organisations who participated in artistic and cultural exchange activities of the Art South-South Trust (ASST), a start-up Namibian not for profit (NFP) organisation. The goal of ASST was to increase visibility of the focus group members, enable global exposure and create an arena for multi-vocality. The paper creates a practical framework for decolonising practices in Namibian arts and design by drawing on reflective practice to analyse the activities of ASST alongside interview data collected from Namibian and Australian partner organisations and participants in the program. Critical thinking is used to evaluate the impact of realised activities and processes both in situ in Namibia and in exchange in Australia. This paper explores practices that can enable decolonising processes in Namibian arts and design spheres
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management
EditorsErik Bohemia, Gerda Gemser, Nuša Fain, Cees de Bont, Rita Assoreira Almendra
PublisherAcademy for Design Innovation Management
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912769-01-8
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2019
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAcademy for Design Innovation Management Conference: Research Perspectives in the Era of Transformations - Lontoo, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

Publication series

SeriesConference proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management


ConferenceAcademy for Design Innovation Management Conference
Abbreviated titleADIM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Namibia
  • improvisation
  • service design
  • decolinising design

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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