London Design Biennale, 4-23 September 2018, is an independent production from the founders of the London Design Festival. The curated, three-week long Biennale is a prestigious global event, which will bring over 40 of the world’s nations to exhibit newly
commissioned works across the entirety of Somerset House.
Nations, territories and cities are increasingly recognizing the power of design to bring social change and economic growth. London Design Biennale, now in its second edition, celebrates design as an international language and provides a platform for creativity.
A highlight of the global design calendar, London Design Biennale sees some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and curators gather in the capital to show how design impacts our very being and every aspect of our lives.
In response to the theme Emotional States, participants from six continents are exhibiting engaging and interactive design installations across Somerset House. In an exhibition of outstanding ideas and creativity, international design teams are illustrating how design can challenge, delight, educate and surprise.
Emotional States has been chosen to provoke a broad interpretation across design disciplines, with immersive and engaging installations that interrogate how design affects every aspect of people’s lives – the way we live and how we live – but also influences our very being, emotions and experiences. Together the countries’ responses to the theme will present an exciting laboratory of ideas that will investigate the important relationship between design, strong emotional responses and real social needs.
London Design Biennale 2018 – Talks Programme
Join the conversation at London Design Biennale. Hear more about the installations and the ideas that shaped them in a series of talks by some of the world’s leading designers, curators and academics.
STORY OF LAYERS – IRMA ORENSTEIN
Thursday 13 September 2018 | 16.30 | Screening Room, South Wing
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Architect and Designer Irma Orenstein grew up in Georgia, former USSR and emigrated to Israel with her family in the late 70’s as a child. More than 30 years later, working with fine materials like glass, gold and velvet, Irma’s designs reflect her visual and emotional memories from her early childhood.
In her talk, Irma will take the audience on a journey from the landscapes of the former USSR-Georgia, through the process of concept and idea development, through to material research and the final designs.
DESIGN AND MENTAL HEALTH
Friday 14 September 2018 | 18.30 | Screening Room, South Wing
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This panel explores well-being and mental health in cities and looks at how design can affect social cohesion and human experience in the urban environment.
Designers and architects are increasingly extending their practice beyond the physical concerns of buildings and spaces to planning for the emotional needs of individuals and communities in urban environments.
Wednesday 19 September 2018 | 18.45 | Screening Room, South Wing
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Inspired by journalism, environmental and forensic research, investigative design deconstructs and reassembles, questions and improvises, exploring the impact of new technologies and instant communication.
As design practice evolves from the more traditional concerns of aesthetics and problem-solving, this panel considers how designers can respond to global issues and international crises.
SHPEEL – DIGITAL DESIGN AND EMOTIONAL STATES
Thursday 20 September 2018 | 16.30 | Screening Room, South Wing
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This special panel from Dundee, the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, will explore how games can be used for good.
“Gaming Disorder” has now been identified as a new mental health condition by the World Health Organisation (WHO), but digital designers see this classification as oversimplified, marking a tendency to blame computer games for society’s problems.
The event is hosted by Abertay University, Dundee. Abertay introduced the first degree in computer game design in the UK. Dundee is home to one-third of the country’s gaming companies.
FASHION DESIGN, STORYTELLING, AND PERFORMING ARTS: AN EVENING WITH MATTY BOVAN
Friday 21 September 2018 | 18.30 | Screening Room, South Wing
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Acclaimed fashion designer Matty Bovan will present the site-specific installation created with artists Rory Mullen and Adam Leach in a conversation with curator Alison Moloney (London College of Fashion) and the project manager Zara Worth.
The talk will explore the creative process behind the Leeds Pavilion, inspired by religious symbolism in reference to Elizabethan interior design, and the relationship between fashion and performance art emerging from this creative partnership between Bovan, Mullen and Leach.
Photos: Ed Reeve & Bradley Lloyd Barnes