Since its inception, Dark Matter U (DMU) has worked through communal knowledge and organizing to create antiracist forms of knowledge production, institutions, collective practice, community, and design. Drawing from the program and workshop, “Challenging Patterns of Supremacy: Provocations from Collective Pedagogy, Practice, and Organizing” held at the College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley in September 2022, this experimental publication offers a series of provocations on consent, power, supremacy, and hopefulness or hopelessness that can form the basis for oppositional practices. Contributors to the workshop included Shalini Agrawal, Tonia Sing Chi, Lisa C. Henry, Shawhin Roudbari, and Bz Zhang. The publication challenges patterns of supremacy in its content and its form: the text guides readers in critical reflection on collaborative architectural pedagogies, practices, and organizing, and the graphic design presents this knowledge in a creatively accessible format. As an annotated teaching and facilitation guide for design communities, this book furthers DMU’s mission is to transform architectural education in centering and serving the many identity positions that are presently excluded or disenfranchised by practice today.
We are very excited to collaborate with DMU as well as Shawhin Roudbari, who guest edited our Vigilantism issue with Germane Barnes.
For a complete list of the 2023 Graham Foundation grantees, please visit their website.