Do you remember? Every two years Saint-Étienne hosts the Biennale Internationale Design and this 2019 will be your lucky year! Prepare yourself for an entire month of exhibitions, conference, workshops, meetings and so much more scattered all over the city. Saint-Étienne has been a UNESCO City of Design since 2010, awarded for its contribution to the community through innovative and revolutionary design tools. Its successful strategies resulted in positive transformations for companies and lives and gave the city the appellation of “visionary city”. Aren’t you just a little bit curious? Read our BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN SAINT-ÉTIENNE 2019 EVENT GUIDE!
WHEN & WHERE
This 11th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2019 – born in 1998 and organized every two years – has been organized by the Saint-Étienne Regional School of Fine Arts. From March 21 to April 22 you will have the opportunity to breathe design everywhere in the city, from the City du Design center at Rue Javelin Pagnon 3, to the several events held in various locations that will see the presence of international designers and professionals.
The theme of Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2019 will give emphasis to the impact of design on the community and will try to enhance a multicultural approach that goes beyond the ephemeral individualism of our society. The principal curator of Biennale Internationale, American Lisa White, spoke of the different vision that gave birth to this year theme: “A key focus of contemporary design is how to live in multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-attitudinal societies”. So, using design not only to better understand ourselves but also others’ perspective. Thus, the line “Me, You, Nous”.
WHAT TO EXPECT
DESIGN AND WONDROUS – The Nature of Ornamentation
This exhibition, hosted by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-Étienne Métropole, highlights the direct link between natural process and design through different sections (Nature as ornamentation, Fractals, Arabesques, Ornamentation and the digital sphere, the Wondrous and Evanescence). More than 100 design objects, photographs, fabrics, and natural objects will explain how digital tools and nature are capable of interact with each other. Enjoy!
Chinese design is the main character of this exhibition. The relationship between environmental issues and economic growth will the focal point of Fan Zhe’s journey to mainland China and its ever-changing design. Four UNESCO City of Design (Shenzhen, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Beijing) will give their contribution about significant issues: the challenges that design experiences compared to the Chinese growth rate; fast urbanization and its consequences in the future; Smart Cities and artificial intelligence.
SYSTEM, NOT STUFF
Common ground is the fundamental factor when we talk about design and technologies and their strategies. We can’t think about design pieces like simple object with no links to the society but like systems in which aesthetic, functionality and productive methods all concur to the creation itself.
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