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London Design Biennale
London Design Biennale 2016

07 Sep 2016 to 27 Sep 2016
Exhibition
11am - 7pm; Fridays & Thursday 22 September: 11am - 9pm
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2016 sees the first edition of the London Design Biennale, sponsored by Jaguar and brought to you from the team behind the London Design Festival. Taking over Somerset House, the Biennale explores big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities and social equality.

Temple / Covent Garden / Charing Cross / Embankment

The first ever London Design Biennale, in partnership with Jaguar and Somerset House, runs from 7-27 September. Installations, artworks, prototypes and designs from 37 countries and territories have come together in an entertaining and inspiring exploration of the role of design in our collective futures. 

Visitors interact with brand new work by world-leading architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists in a broad, vibrant exhibition that includes large-scale kinetic sculpture, immersive digital installations, culinary pop-ups, performances and VR renderings of the future. Each exhibit is a response to the Biennale’s 2016 theme ‘Utopia by Design’, chosen as part of Somerset House’s UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, to mark the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s text. The resulting commissions are richly varied, including fantastical imaginings of future cities, homages to unrealised utopian proposals of the past, and innovative solutions for issues in 21st-century life.

 Visitors are able to grab a pomegranate juice, falafel or a wet shave in Annabel Karim Kassar’s meticulous recreation of a bustling Beirut street on the Thames riverfront (Lebanon); influencemischer’traxler’s precarious light sculpture as it moves, dims and brightens in reaction to its spectators (Austria); eat the graphic food of Chung-Ho Tsai in Rain Wu’s tranquil forest-like setting (Taiwan); relax in the mouths of ferocious beasts courtesy of Porky Hefer (South Africa) or wander around the Santander of 2100 in a virtual reality realisation of the smart city’s future (Spain).  Jaguar’s bespoke installation reflects its rich history of innovation, and explores how technology has liberated mobility. 

Underlying much of the Biennale are a number of pressing, universal issues that designers around the world are seeking to address, among them sustainability, migration, pollution, political unrest, water and social equality: Mexican architect Fernando Romero explores the ‘transnational’ border city as a solution for migration and increasing populations; Israel presents an innovative proposal for how first aid might be distributed in disaster zones and Australian Brodie Neill draws attention to – and finds beauty in – ocean-based plastic waste.  The UK is represented by London-based design duoEdward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum, their 14-metre kinetic sculpture and exploration of the nation’s relationship with wind energy will occupy the centre of the iconic Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. Other leading institutions, museums and organisations representing their countries include the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (USA), DAMnº magazine(Belgium), German Design Council, MAK (Austria), Moscow Design Museum (Russia), Triennale Design Museum (Italy), India Design Forum, Southern Guild (South Africa), and The Japan Foundation.

The curated, three-week long Biennale is an independent event which will overlap the London Design Festival, complementing its citywide programme of commissions and partner events every two years.

The London Design Biennale 2016 runs from 7 - 27 September 2016 at Somerset House.

Open daily from 11am

Tickets: £15/£10 concessions

On sale via ticketmaster

Sponsored by Jaguar

Participating countries:

Albania
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Chile
China, Shenzhen
Croatia
Cuba
France
Germany
Greece 
India
Indonesia
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea, Republic of
Lebanon
Mexico
Netherlands, The
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan
Poland
Portugal
Russia
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tunisia
Turkey
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
United States of America

 

 

 

London Design Biennale
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The London Design Biennale is an independent production from the founders of the London Design Festival. The curated, three-week long Biennale will overlap the Festival, bringing a new international element to London, complementing its citywide programme of commissions and Partner events every two years.