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3rd Istanbul Design Biennial

October 22, 2016 – November 20, 2016
Tues-Sun: 10.00–19.00; Thursday 10.00–20.00
Entry is free of charge.

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Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and co-sponsored by Enka Foundation and VitrA, the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial is entitled ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years. The biennial will explore the intimate relationship between the concepts of ‘design’ and ‘human’.

As the co-curators Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley explained:

‘We live in a time when everything is designed, from our carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Design has become the world. The default concept of “good design” that was incubated in London in the mid nineteenth-century is no longer adequate. It is an anesthetic that has worn off. The urgent question is what is design after design?’

The biennial will be held at five locations throughout Istanbul: the Galata Greek Primary School in Karaköy, Depo and Studio-X in Tophane, Alt in Bomonti and the Istanbul Archaeological Museums in Sultanahmet.


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