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"A School of Schools": Interview with Jan Boelen, Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

02:00 - 3 October, 2018
"A School of Schools": Interview with Jan Boelen, Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

Design, in all forms, is a fundamental part of our daily lives; it's even at the core of the new economy. As a result, design education is such an important topic for discussion that design curator and educator Jan Boelen puts at the center of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial.

Participants Announced for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

01:30 - 5 July, 2018
Participants Announced for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, Yapi Kredit Kultur Yayincilik, photo by Koray Senturk via IKVS
Yapi Kredit Kultur Yayincilik, photo by Koray Senturk via IKVS

The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, curated by ​Jan Boelen with Nadine Botha ​and ​Vera Sacchetti, has just announced the participants of this year’s edition. Under the theme “A School of Schools”, it seeks to explore how design education, and education in general, can evolve and adapt in a new age of artificial intelligence.

Jan Boelen and Deniz Ova, Curators of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, Discuss the Future of Design Education

14:00 - 23 May, 2018
Jan Boelen and Deniz Ova, Curators of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, Discuss the Future of Design Education, Yapi Kredi Kultur Yayincilik, Biennial Venue. Image © Koray Senturk via IKSV
Yapi Kredi Kultur Yayincilik, Biennial Venue. Image © Koray Senturk via IKSV

“Today, design has become a form of inquiry, power, and agency,” say Jan Boelen and Deniz Ova, curator and director of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial. “It has become vaster than the world itself, permeating all layers of everyday life.” Their curatorial statement for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, which opens later this year themed with the title “A School of Schools,” seeks to explore how design education, and education in general, can evolve and adapt in a new age of artificial intelligence.

4th Istanbul Design Biennial Opening Program | A School of Schools: Orientation

14:40 - 11 April, 2018
4th Istanbul Design Biennial Opening Program | A School of Schools: Orientation, Courtesy of İKSV
Courtesy of İKSV

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by VitrA, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial (22 September – 4 November 2018) announces A School of Schools: Orientationa multifaceted opening programme exploring the possible futures of design education.

2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, "A School of Schools", Launches Open Call

19:00 - 22 November, 2017
2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, "A School of Schools", Launches Open Call, Map of Antarctica (American Geographical Society, 1956). Image Courtesy of IKSV
Map of Antarctica (American Geographical Society, 1956). Image Courtesy of IKSV

A School of Schools, the theme for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, will "use, test, and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness" in Istanbul and around the world. Two calls for ideas—one for "schools" and one for "learners"—have been opened to interested parties.

Jan Boelen Appointed As Curator of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial

04:00 - 11 July, 2017
Jan Boelen Appointed As Curator of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Galata Greek School. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren
3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Galata Greek School. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts have announced that Jan Boelen has been appointed as Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennale. This follows the 3rd—Are We Human?—which opened in September 2016 and was curated by Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina with a powerful, wide-reaching exploration of design and architecture in relation "the design of the species."

After "Are We Human?" – Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley Discuss the Istanbul Manifesto

05:00 - 21 February, 2017
After "Are We Human?" – Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley Discuss the Istanbul Manifesto, Universal Space Program, Voyager — Humanity in Interstellar Space. 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Alt. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren
Universal Space Program, Voyager — Humanity in Interstellar Space. 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) – Alt. Image © Sahir Ugur Eren

With Are We Human—the exhibition of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, which ran for one month at the end of 2016—curators Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley were researching the fundamental notion of ‘design’. Their historic, cultural and conceptual exploration attempted to unravel the various programs and ambitions behind a (mainly) market driven inventiveness, which is presented as progress. This pushed the notion of design and the biennale as a format beyond their established definitions.

Complete Collection of Participants and Projects for the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial Revealed

07:30 - 3 October, 2016
Complete Collection of Participants and Projects for the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial Revealed, Human Helmet, Daft Punk (2005). . Image Courtesy of Istanbul Design Biennial
Human Helmet, Daft Punk (2005). . Image Courtesy of Istanbul Design Biennial

As the month-long 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial draws near, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) have revealed a full list of projects and participants. Curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, the biennial—which is titled Are We Human? The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years—will revolve around one pressing provocation: that design itself needs to be redesigned.

Details About Colomina and Wigley's 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial—"Are We Human?"—Revealed

04:00 - 22 August, 2016
Details About Colomina and Wigley's 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial—"Are We Human?"—Revealed, The European Space Agency's vizualisation of space debris orbiting Earth. Image Courtesy of "Are We Human" / 3. Istanbul Tasarim Bienali
The European Space Agency's vizualisation of space debris orbiting Earth. Image Courtesy of "Are We Human" / 3. Istanbul Tasarim Bienali

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, which will officially open on the 22nd October 2016 and last for four weeks, will ask the question: Are We Human? Encompassing a wide range of ideas related to The Design of the Species, from timeframes of 2 Seconds to 2 Days, 2 Years, 200 Years and 200,000 Years, the international show will revolve around one pressing provocation: that design itself needs to be redesigned. It will do so by exploring the intimate relationship between the concepts of "design" and "humanity."

Graham Foundation Announces $419,000 in 2016 Grants to Organizations

15:00 - 9 August, 2016
Graham Foundation Announces $419,000 in 2016 Grants to Organizations

Coinciding with the organization’s 60th anniversary this year, The Graham Foundation has announced the list of recipients of their 2016 Grants to Organizations, a total of $419,000 (USD) to be given to 31 exemplary projects from around the world. The Organization Grants are awarded to projects displaying “originality, capacity, feasibility and potential for impact” and are divided amongst four categories: Exhibition, Film/Video/New Media, Public Program, and Publication.

Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, Curators of the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial, Discuss "The Design of the Species"

05:00 - 11 March, 2016
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, Curators of the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial, Discuss "The Design of the Species", Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley – Curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016). Image © Muhsin Akgun
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley – Curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016). Image © Muhsin Akgun

"Design always presents itself as serving the human," state Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, "but its real ambition is to redesign the human." Their curatorial statement for the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, which will open later this year and is themed around the title Are We Human? The Design of the Species: 2 Seconds, 2 Days, 2 Years, 200 Years, 200,000 Years, brims with reflective and often prescient statements such as this. All that will be encompassed by this Biennial, they say, will revolve around one pressing provocation: that design itself needs to be redesigned.

Colomina and Wigley Announce Theme For 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial: "Are We Human?"

09:05 - 1 December, 2015
Colomina and Wigley Announce Theme For 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial: "Are We Human?", © Mahmut Ceylan
© Mahmut Ceylan

At a media meeting this morning at the Istanbul Archaeological Museums Library, the curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley announced the theme of next year's event, titled “ARE WE HUMAN?: The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years.” The event, which will be held from October 22nd to December 4th next year, is intended to combine elements of both media documentary and archaeological project and according to the curators "will explore the intimate relationship between the concepts of 'design' and 'human.'"

Beatriz Colomina And Mark Wigley Appointed As Curators Of The 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial

11:05 - 28 May, 2015
Beatriz Colomina And Mark Wigley Appointed As Curators Of The 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial,  Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina. Image Courtesy of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina. Image Courtesy of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts have announced that internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina and architectural historian, theorist, and critic Mark Wigley will curate the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial to be held in the summer of 2016. Colomina, a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and curator of the recent Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education in a Time of Disciplinary Instability exhibition (Lisbon Triennale, 2013; Venice Biennale 2014) will join Wigley, Professor and Dean Emeritus of Columbia University's GSAPP and renowned writer and curator, in helping to cement the biennial's international reputation.