4th Istanbul Design Biennial

A School of Schools

September 22 - November 4, 2018

Pera Museum hosted the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). For the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by VitrA, curator Jan Boelen teamed up with Vera Sacchetti as Associate Curator and Nadine Botha as Assistant Curator.

As a space for critical reflection on design established in a historically rich context, the Istanbul Design Biennial offered the opportunity to question the very production and replication of design and its education. In 2018, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial built 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 stretched both the space and time of the traditional design event, manifesting as a flexible year-long program within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education. A School of Schools manifested as a set of dynamic learning formats encouraging creative production, sustainable collaboration, and social connection. Exploring six themes, the learning environment was a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations.

At Pera Museum, the Scales School investigated the fluidity of taxonomies, quantifications, and institutionalized norms, standards and values to highlight biases and assumptions in our social, economic and intellectual agreements.

Designer Conversations <br> Marc Henning

Designer Conversations
Marc Henning

The Designer Conversations, organized over the course of the Biennial, provide an exchange platform for participating designers to share and expand on their projects and approach. 

Designer Conversations <br> Ali Murat Cengiz + Gökçe Gürçay (MANG)

Designer Conversations
Ali Murat Cengiz + Gökçe Gürçay (MANG)

Participating designers come together in a moderated conversation, revealing their individual processes and exploring common and differing threads in their work and practice

Designer Conversations <br> LegrandJäger + AATB

Designer Conversations
LegrandJäger + AATB

The format adds a discursive layer to the design biennial's exhibition and allows the audience to learn more about the works on display and the designers that created them.

Designer Conversations <br> Judith Seng + Ambiguous Standards

Designer Conversations
Judith Seng + Ambiguous Standards

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 4th Istanbul Design Biennial from 22 September to 4 November 2018.

Video

Life as School

Presented as part of this biennial aims to reflect on the methodologies and ways of implementation of cohabitation in society and how this trickles down into our private lives.


Bauhaus: Beyond a School

Pera Film tackles the creative relationship Bauhaus had with different disciplines while focusing on the generative works of artists and architects.

Baby King

Baby King

1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.

Midnight Stories: The Red Button <br> Funda Özlem Şeran

Midnight Stories: The Red Button
Funda Özlem Şeran

It was a quiet night in the dessert. Even the mice weren’t around. A few LEDs blinked in the dark, and the sound of a fan filled the infinite void. The conversation cutting the silence seemed to go nowhere.

The Search for Form

The Search for Form

A series of small and rather similar nudes Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and Eren Eyüboğlu produced in the early 1930s almost resemble a ‘visual conversation’ that focus on a pictorial search. It is also possible to find the visual reflections of this earlier search in the synthesis Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu reached with his stylistic abstractions in the 1950s.