Tickets to the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial are available at the ticket offices at İstanbul Modern and Galata Greek School, and Biletix sales channels.
The Aestheticization of Context and Anti-Context in Design along the Axis of the Grand Transformation
İstanbul Modern hosts one of the two curated exhibitions of the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial, which will be held for the first time in Istanbul by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and whose main theme is “Imperfection.”
The exhibition Musibet / The Aestheticization of Context and Anti-Context in Design along the Axis of the Grand Transformation, which will be curated by Emre Arolat and held at Istanbul Modern between October 13 - December 12, 2012, takes up the processes of urban transformation occurringin Istanbul and other cities of Turkey, and two antithetical design attitudes that go hand in hand with these processes; one is the aestheticization of context and specificity and the other that of acontextuality and innovation. Through a series of problematizations carried out within the framework of the exhibition, many current phenomena occurring in İstanbul and other cities of Turkey will be examined, such as housing development projects that render their contexts problematic, social inequalities which are re-produced through urban transformation, the fact that architecture and city planning become a vehicle for governments to display their power, and trends toward fraudulent historicism that impose identities on public buildings.
Istanbul Design Biennial’s co-curator Joseph Grima’s exhibition will be held on the same dates at the Galata Greek Primary School.