Max-Planck / ACC Super-diversity

Programme Type: Projects Programme: CityLab Programme

The ACC is delighted to announce that Dr Ralph Borland has been awarded the Max-Planck/ACC Super-diversity Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The Fellowship is funded by the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

Ralph will be undertaking research on super-diversity, space and design in Cape Town. He will continue the work of his PhD thesis which analyses the application of design to basic needs and for ‘social impact’. This involves examining objects which, designed primarily for poor users, also function as story-telling objects to privileged audiences.

Ralph has played a key role in the 5th Irene Grootboom Memorial Dialogues. He is part of the ACC team curating a major public exhibition on ‘The Liveable City’ at the end of 2013.

Ralph’s research draws on his background in fine art, design and science and technology studies in order to ‘read’ objects. With an undergraduate degree in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters in 
Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, he completed his PhD in the School of Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin. His protest-performance suit, Suited for Subversion (2002) is in the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.