Istanbul Design Biennial
22 September – 4 November 2018
Titled “A School of Schools”, the fourth Istanbul Design Biennial presents itself as a productive system of knowledge transfer. At a total of six different cultural locations in the city, “schools” will explore the diverse aspects of design.
The Earth School, located in the Arter exhibition centre, will question the relationship between Earth and humanity, while the Unmaking School, located in the Akbank Sanat art centre, aims to explore human creativity as a pedagogical drive and the future of work and city life. The role of design, knowledge, and global interconnectedness in our world is continuously reflected upon and ongoing technological advances, increasing dependence on autonomous machines, and the question of redesigning knowledge transfer are all critiqued. Will digitisation ultimately replace schools in the future by providing alternative means of knowledge transfer? What new places for meaningful dialogues and innovative design might we discover and implement alongside museums, laboratories, studios, and academies?
The event uses design as a way of experimenting with new knowledge and alternative forms and places of education, and reflects on the subject of knowledge itself as well as how the teaching of design has changed and might be shaped in the future. This year’s Istanbul Design Biennial is curated by Jan Boelen, the artistic director of Z33, an art space in Hasselt, Belgium, and Atelier Luma in Arles. The exhibition design and scenography were designed by architect Aslı Çiçek and product designer Lukas Wegwerth.