4th Istanbul Design Biennial
A School of Schools
September 22–November 4, 2018
Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, titled A School of Schools, will be curated by Jan Boelen and held from September 22 to November 4, 2018.
In 2018, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will seek to consolidate the legacies of previous editions, and reinvent the biennial format into a productive process-orientated platform for researching, experimenting and learning. A School of Schools will manifest as a multi-platform biennial that uses, tests, and revises a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond. The biennial will stretch both the space and time of the traditional design event, manifesting as a flexible year-long programme within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education.
Initiating an open call from October 12, A School of Schools invites a broad range of designers and thinkers from around the world to explore eight themes: Measures and Maps, Time and Attention, Mediterranean and Migration, Disasters and Earthquakes, Food and Customs, Patterns and Rhythm, Currency and Capital, and Parts and Pockets. Focusing on the process as much as the outcomes, the biennial aims to create new knowledge, search for alternatives to implemented systems, and with radical diversity, push the boundaries of the design discipline.
The open call is extended to all designers, architects, scientists, engineers, chefs, craftspeople, activists and everyone else, who would either like to propose or participate in a school or learning experiment.
Curator Jan Boelen announced the theme and open call at a press meeting held on Thursday, October 12 at Salon İKSV. To watch the conversation about A School of Schools between Jan Boelen and Director of Istanbul Design Biennial Deniz Ova please visit here.
For the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial Jan Boelen is teaming up with Vera Sacchetti as Associate Curator and Nadine Botha as Assistant Curator.
The details of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial programme will be announced in 2018. The media and professional preview of the biennial will be on September 20 and 21, 2018.