Curated by Jan Boelen with Nadine Botha and Vera Sacchetti under the theme “A School of Schools,” the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial has announced the first participants of this year’s edition. It aims at bringing together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad.
Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by VitrA, the biennial will run for six weeks, from September 22 to November 4, 2018, across the most iconic cultural institutions of Istanbul which will play host to the biennial’s many schools, exploring the multiple dimensions of design as learning.
At Akbank Sanat, the Unmaking School emphasizes the irrepressible human instinct to be creative as a pedagogical dynamo that drives innovation in production, redefines the future of work, and reframes our engagement with our cities.
At Yapı Kredi Culture Centre, the Currents School explores flows, networks, distribution, and hierarchies of information and subjects, both digital and analogue, abstract and embodied, to critically examine new technology and systems.
At Pera Museum, the Scales School investigates the fluidity of taxonomies, quantifications, and institutionalized norms, standards and values to highlight biases and assumptions in our social, economic and intellectual agreements.
At Arter, the Earth School asks what is natural, what is disaster, and what is evolution when the planet and humans are forced to renegotiate their pedagogical relationship.
At SALT Galata, the Time School travels from hyper-speed and acceleration into the expansiveness of deep time, learning about contested pasts and speculative futures from paradoxical durational perspectives and the objects that dictate them.
At Studio-X Istanbul, the Digestion School learns from metabolic systems, patterns of consumption, cultural rituals, and food infrastructure to consider how circular education and lifelong learning manifest.
Biennial participants include: [AI]stanbul (Ersin Altın, Amy Hoover, Burcak Ozludil, Augustus Wendell) (Turkey/United States); AATB (Switzerland/France); Abake (France/United Kingdom); Bakudapan (Indonesia); Kerim Bayer (Turkey); Cihad Caner (Turkey/Netherlands); Ali Murat Cengiz (Turkey/Netherlands); Taeyoon Choi (United States/Korea); Commonplace Studio (Netherlands); Jesse Howard (United States/Netherlands); and Tim Knapen (Belgium); Danilo Correale (Italy/United States); Amandine David (France); Teis De Greve (Belgium); Derya Irkdaş Doğu (Turkey); Eat Art Collective (Netherlands); Ecole Mondiale (Belgium); FABB (Turkey); Studio Folder (Italy); Avşar Gurpınar and Cansu Curgen (Turkey); Mark Henning (Netherlands/South Africa); Nur Horsanalı (Turkey/Finland); Ils Huygens (Belgium); Navine G. Khan-Dossos (United Kingdom/Greece); Roosje Klap (Netherlands); Land+Civilization Compositions (Turkey/Netherlands); Pedro Neves Marques (Portugal/United States); Margarida Nunes da Silva Mendes (Portugal); Alexandra Midal (France); Carlos Monleon (Spain/United Kingdom); Gokhan Mura (Turkey); Martina Muzi (Italy); Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios (France); New South (France); Camilo Oliveira (Brazil/Italy); ONAGORE (Okay Karadayılar & Ali Taptık) (Turkey); Thomas Pausz (France/Iceland); Ana Peñalba (Spain); Juliette Pepin (France); Charlotte Maeva Perret (United Kingdom); Radioee.net (Argentina/United Kingdom/Netherlands); Emelie Rondahl (Sweden); Helga Schmid (Germany); Judith Seng (Germany/Sweden); SO? (Turkey); Studio Legrand Jager (United Kingdom/Germany); Studio Makkink & Bey (Netherlands); SulSolSal (Netherlands/South Africa/Brazil); Jenna Sutela (Finland/Germany); Jennifer Teets and Lorenzo Cirrincione (United States/France); Unfold (Belgium); Ottonie Von Roeder (Germany); Henriette Waal and Studio Klarenbeek & Dros (Netherlands); Mark Wasiuta (United States); Lukas Wegwerth (Germany); Pınar Yoldaş (Turkey/United States); and Peter Zin (Netherlands/Portugal). More names will follow.
The opening program, “A School of Schools: Orientation,” which will held from September 20 through September 21, 2018, will see practitioners, educators and thinkers from Turkey and abroad converge in a biennial conceived as a public space for dialogue, provocation and production. Together, they will test and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond. All are invited to take part, and join in the creation of spaces of exception.
Founder: Louise Blouin