The first edition of Istanbul Design Biennial, continued its evolving conversation with a roundtable discussion titled “Why Biennial?” on 26 May 2012. Moderated by Ozlem Yalim Ozkaraoglu, Director of Istanbul Design Biennial, the meeting featured eight directors of biennials and triennials of worldwide repute. The attending speakers gave comprehensive presentations of their respective organisations and went on to discuss the objectives and impacts of design events that are steadily increasing in number every passing year. The main debate focused on, how the biennials can be used as a tool for generating critical discussion on design issues, and how that discussion would relate to the everyday life of society, and politics of design?
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October 13th—December 12th 2012
Online journal of
the first edition of the
Istanbul Design Biennial,
curated by Emre Arolat
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May 31, 2012
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May 30, 2012
Biennial and Triennial Directors of the International Design Community Came Together in Istanbul to Address the Critical Question “Why Biennial?”
As a part of its pre-events programme, the biennial hosted directors of international architecture, design, urbanism biennials and triennials at a round-table discussion which took place on 26 May between 09.30-18.00 at the Milli Reassürans Conference Hall to focus on the question: “Why Biennial?” The meeting featured 8 directors from biennials and triennials of worldwide repute: Mr Giovanna Massoni, Director of Liege International Design Biennial; Mr Matevž Čelik, Director of Ljubljana Bio-Biennial of Industrial Design; Ms Elsa Francés, Manager of Design International Biennial St. Etienne & Exhibitions; Mr Guta Moura Guedes, Director of Experimenta Lisbon; Dr. Serge Serov, Director of Moscow International Graphic Design Biennial; Mr. Weiwen Huang, Director of Shenzhen-HongKong Bi-City Urbanism/Architecture Biennial; Mr. Brendan McGetrick, Co-artistic director of Gwangju Design Biennial 2011; Mrs. Beatrice Galilgee, Chief Curator of Lisbon Architecture Triennale
Posted by İKSV on May 30, 2012
May 24, 2012
The pre-events for the Istanbul Design Biennial will continue with a roundtable discussion titled “Why Biennial?”, that will take place on May 26, 2012 at Milli Reasürans Conference Hall.
The preparations for Istanbul Design Biennial that will be organized by İKSV, has begun in 2010. Various pre-events held in the preparatory process targeted to improve the public perception of design. In this regard, Istanbul Design Biennial organized a series of comprehensive meetings, the International Design Symposium (2010 / Why design? Why biennial?), Question – Answer with International Designers, (2011 / Why design?), as well as 11 different international Workshops for university students in creative fields between 22-27 March 2012. There was a great interest shown in all the activities during the preparatory process.
The Istanbul Design Biennial that will open its doors on 13 Octorber 2012, will host a roundtable meeting titled “Why Biennial?” as its last pre-event, on Saturday, 26 May. Nine directors from leading international biennial and triennials in architecture and design fields will participate to the meeting. Participants will present detailed information about their activities and discuss the aims and effects of the increasing number of design organisations.
Giovanna Massoni, Director of Liege International Design Biennial; Matevž Čelik, Director of Ljubljana Bio-Biennial of Industrial Design; Elsa Francés, Manager of Design International Biennial St. Etienne & Exhibition; Guta Moura Guedes, Director of Experimenta Lisbon; Serge Serov, Director of Moscow International Graphic Design Biennial; Weiwen Huang, Director of Shenzhen-HongKong Bi-City Urbanism/Architecture Biennial Brendan McGetrick, Co-artistic Director of Gwangju Design Biennial 2011 and Beatrice Galilee Chief Curator of Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013 will participate to the meeting. the all-day sessions will be moderated by Istanbul Design Biennial Director Özlem Yalım Özkararoğlu.
“Why Biennial?” Roundtable meeting will be held between 09:30 and 17:00 at Milli Reasürans Conference Hall. Admissions will be free of charge and open to public. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Turkish-English.
Posted by İKSV on May 24, 2012
March 14, 2012
The workshops held as part of the pre-events programme of the Istanbul Design Biennial reached completion.
The Istanbul Design Biennial organized a series of workshops between 22- 27 March with an aim towards creating a platform where various organizations, institutions, students and individuals representing the sector could meet, interact and learn from each other. Activities based on the Biennial’s theme of “Imperfection” provided opportunities for local and international professionals in creative industries and different brands to meet with university students and share experiences of thought and production processes.
Over a period of 6 days, in 11 different workshops taking place concurrently in 9 different locations, a total of 201 university students had the chance to work closely with approximately 30 international designers.
The international designers who came to Istanbul to participate in the Istanbul Design Biennial workshops included Max Lamb, winner of the Designer of the Future Award; Marc Bretillot, a leading name in food design; Luis Urculo, the renowned architect; Anon Pairot, the product designer especially renowned for her work with leading brands such as Hermes and Fendi; and Amina Agueznay, the jewellery designer known for her innovative designs using natural and everyday materials.
Sponsored by the co-sponsors of the Istanbul Design Biennial; Koray Group of Companies, Vestel, VitrA, Coca Cola, Matraş, Nef and ROMAN Hazır Giyim, the outcome of the Workshops encompassing all the works, ideas, products and the entire process itself will be exhibited in the venues/locations designated for the Biennial’s events programme. The information regarding the venues and events can be found in the Istanbul Design Biennial’s programme booklet and map.
The activities led by premier institutions and teams such as Design Quartier Ehrenfeld, Domaine de Boisbuchet, Made in Şişhane, SALON Amsterdam/Istanbul, Design and Innovation Initiative for Sustainable Life abd TAG Platform were realized in locations designated in consultation with the partner company.
All the participants came together at the Beyoğlu Gençlik Merkezi on Tuesday, March 27 to present the outcome of the workshops.
Posted by İKSV on March 14, 2012
March 7, 2012
The Istanbul Design Biennial will organise a series of Workshops between 22 and 27 March in order to bring institutions, students, and industrial representatives together with designers to feature design training and enable mutual learning and interaction. The events within the framework of the biennial theme “Imperfection” will provide an opportunity to participants by bringing professionals in local and international creative industries and different brands together with university students and co-experience the thinking and producing processes.
200 university students will have the opportunity to work with approximately 30 international designers in 11 different workshops in different venues for five days. Clay designer Max Lamb with the Designer of the Future Award, chef Marc Bretillot, an important name for culinary designs, Luis Urculo known to the architectural sector, Anon Pairot who made a name with his product designs and his works with important brands like Hermes and Fendi, and Amina Agueznay who designs jewellery with natural and daily materials are among the 30 designers who will come to Istanbul in order to participate to workshops within the Istanbul Design Biennial.
The Istanbul Design Biennial will be held with the support of Coca-Cola, Matraş, Nef and Roman Ready-to-wear as well as the co-sponsors Koray Group of Companies, Vestel and VitrA. Works, ideas, products and the process itself, after the Workshops, will be exhibited in venues/places where works during the Istanbul Design Biennial will be created. The information with regard to venues of workshop exhibitions and events will be in the Istanbul Design Biennial programme booklet and map.
The Workshops will be carried out under the leadership of successful institutions and teams such as Domaine de Boisbuchet, Made in Şişhane&Design Quartier Ehrenfeld (More Than Design), SALON/Amsterdam-Istanbul, Design and Innovation Initiative for Sustainable Life and TAG Platform. The works will be carried out at venues determined together with the partner company with the participation of 20 university student.
After the Workshops which will begin on Thursday, 22 March and continue for five days, there will be a general presentation, which will bring all contributors together, at Beyoğlu Youth Centre on Tuesday, 27 March. Presentation will be free of charge and open to general public and workshop leaders will sum their works and present selected examples. General presentation with the participation of the designers will be preview for the workshop exhibitions in the Istanbul Design Biennial.
Participation to the workshops
The Istanbul Design Biennial Workshops will be open to all undergraduate and graduate students in urban design, urban and regional planning, environmental design architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, fine arts, and new media design departments of relevant universities and will be free of charge.
Participant students suggested by the head of departments of the universities and students applied to the Istanbul Design Biennial will be placed on space-availability basis and in accordance with the order of precedence.
Posted by İKSV on March 7, 2012
February 10, 2012
Date: 25 February Friday 2011
Place: İstanbul Modern
The founder of Vitra Design Museum and the Chairman of the Vitra Design Foundation Alexander von Vegesack, IKEA designer Sigga Heimis, the founder of London-based Architecture+Design studio Sevil Peach and the former Design Director of Hermès Gabriele Pezzini, came to Istanbul as guests of the Design Biennial for a special meeting.
These four names, who stand out with their institutional success in design, discussed the question “Why Design?” and answered participants’ questions at Istanbul Modern on 25 February. About 270 people, including academicians, directors of professional associations, designers and students, attended to the seminar.
Posted by İKSV on February 10, 2012
February 10, 2012
Date: 02 December Thursday 2010
Place: Kadir Has University
Until the first Istanbul Design Biennial, to be held in 2012, symposiums, workshops, exhibitions, and similar preliminary events will be organised during the preparation stage. The first event within this framework, the International Istanbul Design Symposium, was held successfully at Kadir Has University on December 2 and 3.
The International Istanbul Design Symposium, titled “Why Design, Why Biennial?”, hosted 29 speakers, 7 of which were from abroad. 300 people attended the symposium, including students, scholars, company owners who are active in the field of design, members of related organizations and institutions, and representatives of both the national and international press. It was evident that a positive meeting environment had been fostered.
Posted by İKSV on February 10, 2012