[artinfo] Istanbul Design Biennial announces its theme: Imperfection

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Istanbul Design Biennial announces its theme:


13 October-16 December 2012


The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts 
(I™KSV), will present the first Istanbul Design 
Biennial, which will take place from October 13 
to December 16, 2012.

The Istanbul Design Biennial will explore a wide 
range of fields, from urban to architecture, 
interior, industrial, graphic, fashion, textile 
and new media design. Exhibitions, thematic 
installations, workshops, seminars and 
presentations will take place throughout 
Istanbul, linked by the unifying theme of the 
first biennial: Imperfection.

The first Istanbul Design Biennial has adopted 
this theme at the suggestion of Mr. Deyan Sudjic, 
a member of its advisory board who is the 
Director of the Design Museum in London.

"Imperfection is the theme of the first Istanbul 
Design Biennial, and there is nowhere better to 
explore it than in Istanbul, a city of infinite 
layers, charged with the vitality that comes from 
engaging with rapid urban, social and cultural 
change. Istanbul as a city, is far from perfect, 
yet it is one of the most exhilarating and 
dynamic centres in the world. Its special quality 
is that it makes so much from the imperfect, the 
inexact and the provisional. As a theme, 
"Imperfection" will both celebrate Istanbul's 
distinctive creative qualities and encapsulate a 
wider discussion about the nature of design in 
the contemporary world. It will tell the world 
something about Istanbul and offer the world a 
sharp insight into the nature of contemporary 
design. Imperfection is a new take on old ideas. 

Full text for the Istanbul Design Biennial theme 
can be found on the website: 
The biennial theme will be interpreted by 
different curators at various venues in the city.

An open call for designers who are interested in 
taking part will be made in October 2011.

Istanbul Design Biennial
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No: 5
S¸is¸hane 34433 Istanbul
T: +90 212 334 07 65-66
F: +90 212 334 07 19

E: <mailto:ist.designbiennial at iksv.org>ist.designbiennial at iksv.org
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Media Relations
Ms. Elif Obdan
T: + 90 212 334 07 13
F: + 90 212 334 07 16
E: <mailto:elif.obdan at iksv.org>elif.obdan at iksv.org

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