The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

Themed as “A School of Schools”, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), will discuss the challenges faced by design education in today’s changing world and it will explore alternative models of design education in general, conceiving design education as a new experimental space.

The Biennial will run from September 22nd to November 4th, 2018, at six venues of the city’s most iconic cultural institutions, which will serve as hosts to the biennial’s various schools, exploring the multiple dimensions of design. Each venue will focus on a different theme. These venues will be Akbank Sanat, Arter, Yapı Kredi Culture Centre, Pera Museum, SALT Galata and Studio-X Istanbul.

The Biennial, curated by Jan Boelen and associate curators Vera Sacchetti and Nadine Botha, delves into different norms of design education as a transdisciplinary and experimental base. Jan Boelen (b. 1967, Genk, Belgium) is artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, and artistic director of atelier LUMA, an experimental laboratory for design in Arles, France. He also holds the position of the head of the Master department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Boelen also serves on various boards and committees including the advisory board of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee in the UK and Creative Industries Fund in the Netherlands. Boelen holds a degree in product design from the Media and Design Academy (now the LUCA School of Arts) in Genk, Belgium.

“The Biennial is a questioning of learning mechanics and we are not trying to search specific answers” said curator Jan Boelen at a press conference held yesterday at the Yapı Kredi Culture Centre in Istanbul.

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