Rada Leu, is an artist, musician, and theatre director. Her research interests include digital culture, cyborgs, eyebrows, the global shipping market and DIY subcultures. After graduating with a BA in European Studies from King’s College London and Sciences PO, Paris, she is currently enrolled in the MA in Transdisciplinarity at the Zurich University of the Arts, and works as a research assistant in ZHdK as well.
Together with Rada, we discussed general “mythical” norms, which are also prone to emerge in the design world. Rada suggested that we question each step of the design production for our project to avoid the problem of “mythical” norms. Furthermore, it is not only our questioning that should be done, but we should also implement this mechanism of questioning and reflection in our projects through a collective and diverse participation in the design process. By questioning “other” (non-white; non-male; non-cis; non-heterosexual; non-healthy state; non-wealthy, etc.) to bring inclusivity. Additionally, she addressed the importance of the topic on daily reflection. She referred to the fact that intersectionality is an everyday factor for people who suffer from all kinds of discrimination and exclusion, while for others who are privileged, they can choose to leave this factor behind or ignore it altogether. At the end of the talk, we covered a bit about the role of decolonization, where Rada told us about an information she got from a podcast where an Indian mathematician uncovered the truth that the mathematics now studied and practiced in India (as well as the most countries in the world) is a product of colonialism. It’s a scientific discipline from the West, but not at all an indigenous approach to mathematical practice in ancient India. This leads us to reflect on the definition of “neutrality”, whether it exists or is a term born only in Western contexts, and aggressively block the other cultural perspectives of perceiving things.