Curator Jan Boelen and Director Deniz Ova launch the Fourth Istanbul Design Biennial. Photo by Ilgin Erarslan Yanmaz
26 October 2017
by Niamh Tuft
In July Jan Boelen was named the curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial. The Belgian design critic and educator is the founder and artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art, artistic director of experimental laboratory Atelier LUMA in France, and head of the Social Design masters programme at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Under the theme A School for Schools which Boelen explains will 'use, test, and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design' the Biennial have launched an Open Call for both schools and learners. The call is extended to all designers, architects, scientists, engineers, chefs, craftspeople, activists and everyone else. Fuelled by a research and process-orientated approach, A School of Schools will manifest in a variety of formats in many locations, in addition to the six-week intensive in Istanbul from 22 September to 4 November 2018.
The definition of a school is open for interpretation - taking in everything from a one hour class or tutorial, to an online network or alternative university; from in situ observation and other methodologies, to critical schools of thought. The call for learners is equally inclusive seeking those that have an openness to discovery and transformation regardless of their background or experience.
The deadline for applications is 15 December 2017. For more information visit the Istanbul Design Biennial website.