2nd Istanbul Design Biennial
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Taking place between 1 November and 14 December 2014, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial titled ’The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’ curated by Zoë Ryan and organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) can be visited free of charge this year.
The theme of this year’s edition invites designers to rethink the manifesto as a platform and catalyst for critical thinking in design. While manifestos have typically been produced as texts that lie somewhere between declaration and desire and were deemed somewhat outdated and historical, the biennial aims to explore new potentials of the manifesto for generating inventive outcomes that address both positive and negative consequences.
Selected through a two stage call for ideas, Ryan looked for manifestos that imagine a new future and instigate change by building on and reinterpreting history, changing both in the process. Over 800 submissions from both Turkish and international designers were received, with more than 50 projects selected for inclusion.
The exhibition at Galata Greek Primary School is divided into five sections relating to the content of thw works on display: personal, resource, norms and standards, civic relations and broadcast.
Another biennial venue is Antrepo 7, one of the old custom warehouses in Karaköy hosting an exhibition featuring 72 innovative projects in collaboration with 33 academic institutions from İstanbul, İzmir, Ankara and other cities of Turkey as well as America and Europe. Antrepo 7 is open to the public for the first time during the biennial.
With ist Design Walks programme, the 2014 biennial offers visits to design studios, stores and workshops across İstanbul, including different visiting spots in Kuzguncuk, Çemberlitaş, Sultanahmet and Beyoğlu.
Left: Emmet Byrne and Alex DeArmond, 'Toward a universal mundane manifesto', at Galata Greek Primary School
Right: J. Mayer H., Nap Gap, at Galata Greek Primary School, 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, November 2014. Photos: Anna Zizlsperger
Bless, 'Workout Computer', at Galata Greek Primary School, 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, November 2014. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger