4th Istanbul Design Biennial
Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will be held from 22 September - 4 November 2018. Titled A School of Schools, and curated by Jan Boelen with Nadine Botha and Vera Sacchetti, the Biennial will take place over six weeks in six iconic locations across Istanbul. Each location will host a school exploring a different dimension of design as learning: the Unmaking School, the Currents School, the Scales School, the Earth School, the Time School and the Digestion School.
The biennial will interrogate design as learning and learning as design, providing a platform for the criticism of contemporary design education and reflecting on the role of design, knowledge and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond.
The core exhibition of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will be activated at six different venues, all influential cultural institutions: Akbank Sanat, Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat, Arter, Pera Museum, SALT Galata and Studio-X Istanbul. These are located across one of the most vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods in Istanbul, Beyoğlu. The venues form a 3.5 km walking route through the city, connected by one of the main pedestrian shopping arteries in the area – Istiklal Caddesi – and embracing the multigenerational and interdisciplinary learning environments that exist within the historical, social and cultural context of the district’s urban fabric.