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Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

Turkey Architecture News - Oct 07, 2020 - 13:36   2594 views

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

The 5th Istanbul Design Biennial, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), has announced its new format, participants, first visuals from the projects and details ahead of its opening on October 15, 2020. 

This year's Biennial, curated by London-based, Portuguese architect Mariana Pestana with Sumitra Upham (Curator of Programmes) and Billie Muraben (Assistant Curator & Deputy Editor), will expand the notion of empathy and explore the theme of Empathy Revisited: designs for more than one.

The 5th edition of the Biennial was originally planned to open on 26 September and would continue until 15 November 2020, but due to coronavirus pandemic, the Biennial postponed it opening to October 15 and it will continue to evolve through 2021. 

In relation to its opening and new format, Mariana Pestana will be WAC's new guest tomorrow as part of WAC's Live Interview Series on WAC's Instagram account. The new session will be moderated by WAC's UK Reporter Dr. Hatice Ozhisar.

World Architecture Community is official media partner of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial and will be bringing you the latest news throughout the Biennial and will release two exclusive episodes from the Biennial. 

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

Mariana Pestana. Image © Daniel Oduntan

With a new structure that brings together different formats of display, the biennial will be held under the title "Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one" with participants from various countries and disciplines intervening in exhibition venues, outdoor spaces and digital platforms.

"In times of "physical distancing" the Istanbul Design Biennial, which is by nature focused on dialogue, presents new forms of encounter to reach out to its audience and enlarge their experience," said the organizers of the Istanbul Design Biennial. 

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

Image © Studio Maria João Macedo

In light of the current events, the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial reappraises its format to foreground practices of care, localism and new models of co-existence. 

It presents a generative programme comprising three main axes: an online series titled Critical Cooking Show, a set of research projects on the Mediterranean basin to be archived at the Library of Land and Sea, and a series of interventions in the city, titled New Civic Rituals

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

Buyukada Songlines by Studio Ossidiana, 2020-21. Image courtesy of IKSV

The biennial will open on 15 October 2020 with the Critical Cooking Show, and the launch of the research projects displayed at the Library of Land and Sea at ARK Kültür. New Civic Rituals will populate the city of Istanbul and Pera Museum, as and when the context permits. 

The projects displayed at Pera Museum and ARK Kültür will be open to visit until 15 November 2020, whereas the interventions in the city, research projects and video series will continue to evolve through 2021. 

"This format proposes new modes of engaging with design in line with the current restrictions around social distancing articulating mostly outdoor activities directed at local audiences, while also providing content for a global spectatorship," added the team. 

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

Mush Rooms by BUREAU (Daniel Zamarbide) with Chef Walter El Nagar and Filipe Felizardo, 2020. Image courtesy of IKSV

"Today, we understand empathy to be a way of connecting with other people. But empathy’s original meaning encompassed the transference of feelings into objects and the natural world," continued the team of the Biennial. 

"The 5th Istanbul Design Biennial takes empathy back to its roots to explore how design might equip us to feel into territories, landscapes, microorganisms, other species, and also one another." 

The Biennial's theme places its focus on a human-centered behavior and understanding. With the aim of carving out a space of responsibility and developing a culture of attachment towards the more-than-human, this Biennial puts forward a proposition: designs for more than one. Working collaboratively with designers, artists, architects, activists and thinkers, the biennial explores designs for multiple bodies, dimensions, and perspectives. 

The projects that the biennial presents encourage us to rethink practices of care and civility at this critical moment in time, and to collectively build new systems and structures for re-connecting.

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

object*oriented*magic by Ayşenaz Toker & Merve Tuna, 2020. Image courtesy of IKSV

Critical Cooking Show will focus on how our "food exchanges and consumption related to urgent ecological, economic conditions"

The opening of the Biennial will start with Critical Cooking Show series where a series of episodes will be broadcasted weekly. 

Each hosted by a different practitioner or thinker, the episodes explore how food exchange, preparation and consumption relate to urgent ecological, economic and geopolitical conditions that are impacting contemporary culture today. 

From the microbes that populate the kitchen to the landscapes transformed by agriculture, from individual hand gestures to collective spaces of commensality, this series offers complex, multi-scalar perspectives on food as an expanded form of design.

The first episode of the Critical Cooking Show will be broadcasted with the launch of the biennial on 15 October 2020.

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

Microbial Fruits of Istanbul by Orhan Telhan + elii, 2020. Image courtesy of IKSV

Library of Land and Sea

A collection of projects by designers and thinkers who are actively investigating territories in the Mediterranean and building new tools and reflections for social, economic and environmental resilience in the region. 

Driven by research, care and activism, these practices use design in an imaginative way to rethink territories through our relationship with soil and water, in order to reveal the less visible networks of food production. 

The biennial provides support to grow these research initiatives, and presents them in a display at the Library of Land and Sea in ARK Kültür until 15 November 2020, with the projects continuing to evolve throughout 2021.

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

Behind Shirley by Ibiye Camp, 2020. Image courtesy of IKSV

New Civic Rituals

A series of interventions that rehearse new forms of encounter, hosted by specific community groups and sites in the city of Istanbul. From communal cooking to gardens and playgrounds, these projects have a restorative function, providing experiences of being together, reconnecting, and caring for the city and its multiple inhabitants. 

Spread across the city of Istanbul as well as the Pera Museum, they generate encounters across scales and bodies, comprising people but also birds, stars, plants, and microbes. 

This programme is developed in collaboration with the Young Curators Group, a team of curators based in Istanbul responsible for establishing links with the specific context of the city. They will bring these interventions to life through curated meals, events and public discussions. The Young Curators Group will consist of Nur Horsanalı, Ulya Soley and Eylül Şenses.

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

One of the Istanbul Design Biennial's venue: Pera Museum. Image courtesy of IKSV

Film screenings and satellite projects

Among these mostly outdoor interventions, the biennial will present a screening of films that expand the notion of empathy, titled Empathy Sessions, and a series of satellite projects developed in collaboration with partnering cultural institutions. 

The biennial will also present The New Infinity in collaboration with Berliner Festspiele / Immersion.

Istanbul Design Biennial announces its new format, participants and details ahead of opening

One of the Istanbul Design Biennial's venue: ARK Kültür. Image courtesy of IKSV

Participants

Dele Adeyemo, Emmy Bacharach, Eli Bensusan, Calum Bowden, Ben Thorp Brown, BUREAU – Daniel Zamarbide, Vivian Caccuri, Ibiye Camp, Coletivo Berru, Counterspace, Guillaume Credoz/Bits to Atoms with BeirutMakers, Linda Schilling Cuellar, Dansbana!, Aslıhan Demirtaş, depatriarchise design with Mayar El Bakry, Dirty Furniture Magazine, FRAUD, Laila Gohar, Ben Goldner & Emma Leigh Macdonald, Kyriaki Goni, Marti Guixé, Ilana Harris-Babou, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Het Nieuwe Instituut / Sophie Krier and Erik Wong, Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti, Asako Iwama & Iris Lacoudre & Camille Sineau, Jawa El Khash, Valeria Meiller & Agustin Schang, Mold Magazine with Yardy, Luiza Prado, public works with Freddie Wiltshire and Billy Adams, Anna Puigjaner -  MAIO, Alice dos Reis, The Rodina, Mariana Sanchez Salvador & Rain Wu, SKREI with Francisca Sottomayor & Sofia Magalhães, Soft Baroque, Zuri Camille de Souza, Studio Ossidiana, Pelin Tan & Vivien Sansour & Luigi Coppola, Soraia Gomes Teixeira, Orkan Telhan with Elii, theOtherDada,TiriLab, Ayşenaz Toker & Merve Tuna, Aslı Uludağ, Laura Wilson. More names will follow.       

Istanbul Design Biennial was initiated and organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) in 2012, aiming to bring together a diverse cross section of design ideas once every two years, exploring a wide range of fields concerning design. 

Seeding ideas and fostering dialogue and intersections within the creative and academic community, the biennial operates on a network of national and international collaborations with cultural agents, institutions, universities and companies.

Top image: The map of Empathic Society by The Rodina, 2020. Image courtesy of IKSV

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