Welcome to my research site, ‘Objects in development’. My name is Ralph Borland, and I am an artist, designer and researcher based in Cape Town, South Africa. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow on the research project Global Arenas of Knowledge, which is investigating ‘Southern Theory‘. My recent projects include the exhibition ‘Future Foreshore’ for the University of Cape Town, in April 2014. Until January 2014 I was a postdoctoral fellow in the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

The broad frame of my own research as represented on this site is into the multifunctionality of objects – especially those that combine functions for the user with communication to audiences. I describe such objects, and our understanding of them, as in development – their production and study is an emerging area – and I’m particularly interested in the deployment of such objects in the developing world.