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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> 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.

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

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.

Sea Baths

Sea Baths

It is understood from Evliya Çelebi’s well-known Book of Travels that the history of sea baths goes as far back as the 17th century; their acceptance and popularization take place in mid-19th century as a result of Westernization, among other things.

Midnight Stories: COGITO <br> Tevfik Uyar

Midnight Stories: COGITO
Tevfik Uyar

He had imagined the court room as a big place. It wasn’t. It was about the size of his living room, with an elevation at one end, with a dais on it. The judges and the attorneys sat there. Below it was an old wooden rail, worn out in some places. That was his place. There was another seat for his lawyer. At the back, about 20 or 30 chairs were stowed out for the non-existent crowd.

Good News from the Skies

Good News from the Skies

Inspired by the exhibition And Now the Good News, which focusing on the relationship between mass media and art, we prepared horoscope readings based on the chapters of the exhibition. Using the popular astrological language inspired by the effects of the movements of celestial bodies on people, these readings with references to the works in the exhibition make fictional future predictions inspired by the horoscope columns that we read in the newspapers with the desire to receive good news about our day.