Kick-off event launches the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana

An introductory event at Ljubljana’s Museum of Architecture and Design will formally kick-off the teamwork for BIO 50 on 13 and 14 February 2014.

Following an international open call that received 593 applications from a record number of 56 countries, curator Jan Boelen, co-curators Maja Vardjan and Cvetka Požar, and the mentors of each of the BIO 50 themes have selected the participants for the Biennial of the Design in Ljubljana. More than 100 multidisciplinary participants from 20 countries will participate in BIO 50, engaging in eleven themes: Affordable Living, Knowing Food, Public Water Public Space, Walking the City, Hidden Crafts, The Fashion System, Hacking Households, Nanotourism, Engine Blocks, Observing Space and Designing Life. For each team, international and Slovene mentors will elaborate a project brief, guiding and overseeing a collaborative process over the course of six months. Team members with their diverse experiences, knowledge and motivation will develop one or more projects to present at the Biennial. IPoP is a partner of BIO 50 in relation to the theme Walking the City, in which Marko Peterlin is also one of two mentors of the group.

An introductory event at Ljubljana’s Museum of Architecture and Design will formally kick-off the teamwork for BIO 50 on 13 and 14 February 2014. The first day of the program will see the curatorial team expand on the Biennial, its program and objectives, followed by lectures on the Tricks, Tools and Traps of Collaboration by designer Thomas Lommée and researcher Liesbeth Huybrechts. The lectures will be followed by presentations by each of the team mentors. The second day of the program will see the formal beginning of the work process, which will from then onwards be recorded and documented on the BIO 50 website.

From 18 September to 7 December 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, BIO 50 will present the outcomes of each team’s work in an exhibition, and projects will be published in an accompanying catalogue. An international jury comprising industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, design critic Alice Rawsthorn and designer and professor Saša J. Mächtig will grant an Award for Best Collaboration.

On the year of its 50th anniversary, the 24th Biennial of Design advances into an experimental, collaborative territory, building on the event’s tradition and history. The main show will be accompanied by an exhibition on the Biennial’s fifty years of history, shedding light on the transformation and shifts in the discipline of design, our society, and ultimately everyday life. Alongside these visions of the future and reflections on the past, a lively program of events, exhibits and lectures will animate the city of Ljubljana for the duration of the Biennial.

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