Istanbul Design Biennial

Caro Communications is delighted to work with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (iKSV) on the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial. The Istanbul Design Biennial will be held from 22 October to 4 December 2016. The curators Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley announced the concept of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial; “ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years” and will explore the intimate relationship between the concepts of “design” and “human.”

ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years invites a wide array of designers and thinkers from around the world to respond to a compact set of eight interlinked propositions.

–Design is always design of the human
–The human is the designing animal
–Our species is completely suspended in endless layers of design
–Design radically expands human capability
–Design routinely constructs radical inequalities
–Design is even the design of neglect
–“Good design” is an anesthetic
–Design without anesthetic asks urgent questions about our humanity

These propositions will be explored over the coming year in events, classes, workshops, and online discussions. The co-curators explained that this biennial is an archaeological project. It is not about celebrating particular designers or about visualizing remarkable futures. It will be a multi-media documentary about the state of design today, when everyday reality has outpaced science fiction.  It will place the extreme condition of contemporary design into the context of the extended 200,000 year history of our species—from the first standardised ornaments and the footprints of the first shoes to the latest digital and carbon footprints.

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial exhibitions will be held in Galata Greek Primary School, DEPO and Studio-X. The details of the biennial’s events programme will be announced later in 2016.


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