Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero

(Techniques Speaker Series)

September 25, 2020

Zoom Meeting


Alfredo Gutiérrez B. is Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano of Bogotá. He is interested in opening “the future” to other pasts and “the past” to other futures. Gutiérrez explores the confluence between Western design and archeology (the only ones, to tell the truth) and the polycardinal prefigurative forms (from outside the West) that he calls dessobons.


As futile and vain, as the wanderings of nomad tribes

This talk is based on a phrase by Hanna Arendt in The Human Condition, which seems to point to a potential Western-Eurocentric-Arendtian bias. I use this phrase as a pretext to approach those troublesome design practices that are outside of the design field, and that would generally not be called design, although from the perspective of the West, they are folded into the dynamics of design thinking, where while they are supposedly included, are in fact used in their mock versions to exclude and promote the universalization of a single universe within the pluriverse.

Youtube link to the talk.