The organisers of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial have announced the concept for their 2016 event. Titled “Are We Human?: The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years”, the event aims to explore the connection between the concepts of “design” and “human”. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKVS), architecture and urban space are likely to be important considerations, at a time when new and innovative architectures are being built in Istanbul alongside more traditional buildings.
Archaeological artefacts will also be on display during the duration of the exhibition which will run from 22 October to 4 December 2016. One of the organisers, Mark Wigley said: “Design always presents itself as serving the human but its real ambition is to redesign the human. The history of design is therefore a history of evolving conceptions of the human. To talk about design is to talk about the state of our species. “Humans have always been radically reshaped by the designs they produce and the world of design keeps expanding. We live in a time when everything is designed, from our carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes.” The biennial is also set to feature some of the works of Turkish graphic designers, visual artists, architects and interior designers.