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19
APR
A SCHOOL OF SCHOOLS AT MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2018
The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will be present at the 2018 Milan Design Week, with an aperitivo and preview on Thursday, 19 April, at 11:30.

The event will take place at ALCOVA, a new venue opening during this year's Fuorisalone. On this occasion, Jan Boelen, curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, and Deniz Ova, Istanbul Design Biennial Director, will present an overview and some details of the biennial's programme and participants.

A School of Schools at 2018 Milan Design Week
Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:30 AM
Address: ALCOVA, Via Popoli Uniti 11-13, 20121, Milan
Metro: M1 Rovereto

29
MAR
A SCHOOL OF SCHOOLS ON THE FUTURE OF CITIES
On 29 March 2018, Jan Boelen and Deniz Ova took the stage at REMIX Academy Istanbul, a summit that studies how the collaboration between art and technology shapes the future. In a session titled “Future of Cities”, Boelen and Ova questioned how the field of design contributes to the cities of tomorrow, from the point of view of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial.

The summit, which took place at bomontiada, brought together communities of culture, technology and entrepreneurship, each revealing their unique approach towards contemporary issues that are expected to resonate in the future.

In “Future of Cities”, Boelen pointed out that the city is no longer the centre of real creative innovation and the rural, with its connection to local nature, should be in the forefront of the discussion. He also referred to the reflective way of thinking behind A School of Schools, which proposes to connect the urban and the rural by creating some kind of a relationship between them.

10
MAR
A SCHOOL OF SCHOOLS AT BEYOND CHANGE
The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial curatorial team presented two panel discussions at the Swiss Design Network 2018 conference. Titled “Beyond Change: Questioning the role of design in times of global transformation”, the conference ran from March 8 to 10 at FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel.

The two session on March 10 focused on socially and politically motivated design pedagogies. The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial’s curator Jan Boelen, and associate curator, Vera Sacchetti, moderated.

The first, titled “Historical Perspectives”, was dedicated to historical examples, and featured presentations by Lívia Rezende of the Royal College of Art, James Langdon of Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, and Zara Arshad of the Victoria and Albert Museum. They discussed case studies such as the Ciudad Abierta (Open City) in Valparaíso, Chile; the Construction School in Bristol, United Kingdom; and two design museums in China.

The second, titled “Contemporary Alternatives”, looked into contemporary practices, and featured interventions by Merve Bedir of Aformal Academy, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius of Floating University/Raumlabor Berlin, and Prem Krishnamurthy of Wksps and K-Komma. They presented their current initiatives and pedagogical approaches.

The sessions reinforced and continued the line of enquiry of the biennial, titled A School of Schools, and presented an opportunity to bring the theme of design education to an international platform and debate.

SDN Symposium 2018 - Beyond Change, Photo by Samuel Hanselmann, IXDM

A School of Schools is a multi-platform biennale that will use, test, and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond.

The amount of information in the world is more than doubling every two years. People know more than ever before. Lifelong learning is touted as the only way to keep a job and keep your head. Chalk and talk, and reciting multiplication tables has no chance against the animated distractions in our pockets. Meanwhile, the machines themselves have started learning too. What will be left for humans to do and which mental faculties remain irreplaceable are hot topics. Is it time to go back to school – and redesign it?

Alternative design education initiatives have consistently provided a brave space for experimentation and new knowledge, from the Bauhaus to Black Mountain College, and from Global Tools to the Sigma Group. These initiatives have not only helped design evolve, question itself and push its own boundaries, but also education and learning in general. Not only concerned with design, many of these experiments have also tested alternative ways of living, working, and connecting with each other and ourselves. Through this process-based experiential research, new manifestations, meanings, and implications of design have surfaced.

Today, design has become a form of enquiry, power and agency. It has become vaster than the world and life itself, permeating all layers of everyday life. As design becomes pervasive, the discipline can no longer claim to offer solutions to everything. In fact, the one-size-fits-all approach of many universal global systems is showing its cracks and exclusions. Similarly, design education – where the field and its practitioners have traditionally been reviewed and refined – now finds itself navigating new constraints and challenges regarding relevance, adaptability, accessibility, and finances.

As a space for critical reflection on design established in a historically rich context, the Istanbul Design Biennial offers the opportunity to question the very production and replication of design and its education. In 2018, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial builds on the legacy of previous editions, in order to reinvent itself and become a productive process-orientated platform for education and design to research, experiment and learn in and from the city and beyond.

Titled A School of Schools, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will stretch both the space and time of the traditional design event, manifesting as a flexible year-long programme within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education. A School of Schools manifests as a set of dynamic learning formats encouraging creative production, sustainable collaboration, and social connection. Exploring eight themes, the learning environment is a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations.

Can the biennial use, question and reframe previously tried-and-tested education models – from the museum-as-encyclopedia to the laboratory, the studio and the academy – to create a setting for meaningful dialogue and design? Can design itself be a brave space for people to share their knowledge and ignorance, their experience and curiosity?

Engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad, A School of Schools brings together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, focusing on the process as much as the outcomes. Together, agents in this complex and ambitious ecosystem will create new knowledge, search for alternatives to implemented systems, and with radical diversity, push the boundaries of the design discipline.

The call for applications ended on 15 December 2017. We received more than 700 applications from 41 countries.

Open Call: Learning from Learning at A School of Schools

A School of Schools needs learning! Learning from all ends of the planet, from all manner of perspectives and experiences. Learning that goes outside standardised models, both existing experiments, and ideas for new approaches. Learning that brings us together physically or connects us online, learning that happens in Istanbul or beyond. A School of Schools is about learning from learning.

An open call is extended to all designers, architects, scientists, engineers, chefs, craftspeople, activists and everyone else. Fuelled by a research and process-orientated approach, A School of Schools will manifest in a variety of formats in many locations, in addition to the six-week intensive in Istanbul from 22 September to 4 November 2018.

Divided into a call for ‘schools’ and a call for ‘learners’, the open call is twofold. The format of a school is open for interpretation – from a one hour class or tutorial, to an online network or alternative university; from in situ observation and other methodologies, to critical schools of thought. The learners are anyone who would like to participate in a school, and can demonstrate an openness to discovery and transformation, regardless of design expertise, background or experience. The biennial will endeavour to address matters of financial support and other accessibility issues but encourages resourcefulness.

Both learners and schools are urged to connect their applications to one or more of the themes under scrutiny for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial. Besides those who demonstrate a capacity and passion for learning, A School of Schools will give preference to proposals that are committed to not only learning but translating the learning into a communicable form.

AKBANK SANAT
İstiklal Cad. No:8 34435 Beyoğlu-İstanbul
ARTER
İstiklal Cad. No:211 34433 Beyoğlu-İstanbul
PERA MÜZESİ
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:65 34430 Tepebaşı - Beyoğlu - İstanbul
SALT GALATA
Bankalar Caddesi 11 Karaköy 34420 İstanbul
STUDIO-X İSTANBUL
Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi 35A 34427 İstanbul
YAPI KREDİ KÜLTÜR SANAT
Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat İstiklal Caddesi No: 161 34433, Beyoğlu / İstanbul

JAN BOELEN
CURATOR

 

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.

Since the opening, Z33 House for Contemporary Art has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday objects in a novel manner. It is a unique laboratory for experiment and innovation and a meeting place with cutting-edge exhibitions of contemporary art and design. With Z33 Research, design and art research studios established in 2013, Boelen is transforming Z33 from exhibition-based to a research-based institution. At the initiative of Z33 and the Province of Limburg, Manifesta 9 took place in Belgium in 2012. As part of his role at Z33, Boelen curated the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2014.

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.

ABOUT ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL

Taking place since 2012, Istanbul Design Biennial aims 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. Using the city as a dynamic space for projects, actions and interventions, the biennial tackles global design problems, brings the notion of design into scrutiny, stimulates critical debate, foregrounds underexplored or overlooked aspects of society and prompts further investigation into and exchange about emerging conditions of the world. In addition to its biennial exhibition and various activities, Istanbul Design Biennial seeks to ensure a long, deep and interdisciplinary conversation that will help rethink the question of design by multiplying the number of voices and assembling an inspirational design archive. Committed to design as a tool for understanding its complex role in today’s society, the biennial as a progressive discussion platform is in permanent transformation.

Istanbul Design Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV).

ISTANBUL FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (IKSV)

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) is a non-profit cultural institution that was founded in 1973. The general objectives of the Foundation are: to make Istanbul one of the world’s foremost capitals of culture and the arts; to create continuous interaction between national and universal values and traditional and contemporary values via culture and the arts; and to contribute actively to the development of cultural policies.

IKSV was organising a single Istanbul Festival in the 70s, a festival that presented examples of different cultural and artistic disciplines. Over time, groups of events from different disciplines evolved into distinct festivals and biennials. Today IKSV organises the Istanbul Festivals of Music, Film, Theatre and Jazz, as well as the Istanbul Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, autumn film week Filmekimi and one-off events throughout the year. The Foundation hosts cultural and artistic events at its performance venue Salon, located at the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building. IKSV also organises the Pavilion of Turkey at la Biennale di Venezia and coordinates an artist residency programme at Cité International des Arts, France. Furthermore, IKSV conducts studies and drafts reports with the aim of contributing to cultural policy development.

TEAM

ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL TEAM DirectorDeniz Ova

Exhibition and Project ManagerMerve Yücel

Communication and Operations CoordinatorBahar Türkay

Fundraising CoordinatorEzgi Yılmaz

Editorial CoordinatorCan Koçak

Production AssistantBaşak Tuna
ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL HONORARY BOARD Beatriz Colomina
Hashim Sarkis
Deyan Sudjic
Alexander Von Vegesack
Mark Wigley
CORPORATE IDENTITY AND PUBLICATIONS DirectorDidem Ermiş Sezer

Editorial CoordinatorErim Şerifoğlu

EditorMerve Evirgen

Senior Prepress Graphic DesignerFerhat Balamir

Graphic DesignersEsra Kılıç
Ayşe Ezgi Yıldız

WebmasterSezen Özgür
İKSV STUDIO DirectorSelçuk Metin

AssistantsEbru Gümrükçüoğlu
Kamil Kulaksız
SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME DirectorYasemin Keretli Çavuşoğlu

ManagerZeynep Pekgöz

CoordinatorsZeynep Karaman
Yeşim Birhekimoğlu

AssistantZeynep Bilgihan
SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DirectorDilan Beyhan

Membership Programme CoordinatorsYıldız Lale Yıldırım
Gülce Şahin

Sales Operations CoordinatorNeva Abrar

Sales Operations AssociateItır Sevig

Operation AssociateIşıl Öztürk

Sales Operations AssistantsYeliz Vural
Çağlar Koca
Erim Pala
Canan Alper
FINANCE ManagersAhmet Buruk (Budget and Accounting)
Başak Sucu Yıldız (Finance)

Accounting and Finance Operations AssociateDeniz Yılmaz

Accounting and Reporting AssociateKadir Altoprak

AssistantsÇiğdem Arslan
Gözde Yılmaz
HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION DirectorSemin Aksoy

Human Resources SpecialistEren Ertekin

Human Resources AssistantEkin Kayhan

Strategic Planning SpecialistEzgi Yılmaz

Building Administration and Security ManagerErsin Kılıçkan

Reception OfficerDilara Çetin

Warehouse OfficersMuzaffer Sayan
Şerif Kocaman
Sercan Dericioğlu

ServicesÖzden Atukeren
İbrahim Çakmak
Aydın Kaya
Hayrullah Nişancı
Serap Sürgit
Müzeyyen Öztürk

AssistantBurak Akgün
CURATORIAL TEAM CuratorJan Boelen

Associate Curator Vera Sacchetti

Assistant Curator Nadine Botha

Visual Identity Offshore Studio
Exhibition Design Aslı Çiçek
Lukas Wegwerth
4. ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL ADVISORY BOARD Tulga Beyerle
Selva Gürdoğan
Nikolaus Hirsch
Justin McGuirk
Meriç Öner
MEDIA RELATIONS DirectorAyşe Bulutgil

Managers Elif Obdan Gürkan (International Press)
Ayşen Ergene

Coordinators Ayşen Gürkan
Zeynep Topaloğlu
Berk Çakır

Visual Archive AssociatePoyraz Tütüncü

Visual Archive AssistantOzan Şahin

AssistantAyşegül Öneren

Archive Photographs Benek Özmez
Ersin Durmuş
Archive Videos Hamit Çakır
MARKETING Directorİrem Akev Uluç

Communication CoordinatorCansu Aşkın

Creative Services CoordinatorMeriç Yirmili

Field Operations CoordinatorSezer Kari

Field Operations AssistantOrçun Karamustafa

Digital Media CoordinatorBahar Helvacıoğlu

Social Media AssistantEce Kartal

CRM CoordinatorÖzge Genç
PRODUCTION Production ManagerErdal Hamamcı

AssociateBaşat Karakaş

AssistantAli Uluç Kutal
INFORMATION AND RECORDS CENTER ManagerEsra Çankaya

AssistantsSelin Gül
Çağla Gönül
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Head of Finance and AdministrationAhmet Balta
PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL GRANTS ManagersAslı Yurdanur
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES System AdministratorKadir Ayyıldız

Information Technologies AssistantTahsin Okan Erdem
 

CONTACT

T: +90 212 334 07 00
E: TasarimBienali@iksv.org