Date change announced for Istanbul Design Biennial

Published: 7 July 2020 - 11:46 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
The fifth edition of Istanbul Design Biennial will now take place in October.

Originally earmarked for a date in September, it's now confirmed for October 15th.

Still tackling the origins of empathy, the celebration has a new format to accommodate social distancing.

Three main 'axis' will make up the event - the online Critical Cooking Show, a series of weekly broadcasts on food as a design commodity; a set of research projects on the Mediterranean basin to be archived at the Library of Land and Sea at ARK Kültür, and a series of outdoor interventions around the city and at Pera Museum, titled New Civic Rituals.

Developed in collaboration with the Young Curators Group, the latter will feature scales, birds, stars, plants, and microbes.

There will also be screenings of films that expand the notion of empathy, titled Empathy Sessions, and a series of satellite projects developed in collaboration with partnering cultural institutions.

To give everyone a chance to see them in times of challenging travel, the projects displayed at Pera Museum and ARK Kültür will be open to visit until November 15th, while the interventions, research projects and video series will continue into 2021

Portuguese architect and co-founder of The Decorators Mariana Pestana was earlier confirmed as the curator of the Istanbul Design Biennial.

Joining Pestana on the biennial’s curatorial team will be Billie Muraben (assistant curator and deputy editor) and Sumitra Upham (curator of programs).

Organisers say: "In light of the current events, the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial reappraises its format to foreground practices of care, localism and new models of co-existence."

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