Porto Design Biennale: Discover The New Millennium Design
Porto Design Biennale
Design has emerged in recent years as a key discipline for thinking about the city and building its future. This international phenomenon is particularly important in Matosinhos and Porto, two cities that have brought design practice into the centre of their cultural strategy, not limiting its potential to the artistic field, but using it continuously as a catalyst for social, economic, technological and environmental change.
The two cities’ various amenities and cultural institutions make up a unique territory that stands out in the country for its artistic diversity and vitality. It is important to emphasize the role of the two City Councils that, from early on, saw design as a fundamental partner in accessing culture, which enhances artistic thought and its languages, making an important contribution to the creation of a new generation of designers in the region.
It is precisely in this context, and because of it, that the Porto Design Biennale was born, a project based on the two cities but not limited to them and whose objectives are to develop an analysis of the current setting of design and to foster dialogue between structures and agents, both in Portugal and abroad, crossing practices and disciplines. The first edition of Porto Design Biennale, therefore, consolidates the presence of this common cultural territory in the international design landscape.
[Chairman of the Board of Porto Design Biennale]
When in May 2017, as part of the European Design Festival, Porto Design Biennale was announced, the decision to design and hold an ambitious international event was made public, giving voice to the design strategy shared by the municipalities of Porto and Matosinhos. As well as aiming to be a regular event to promote design culture, its public discussion and the production of critical knowledge in Portugal, Porto Design Biennale intends to conduct continuous research and disseminate Portuguese and international design, enhancing the crossover of resources between disciplines, designers, companies, academia, industry and various public and private social sectors. Porto and Matosinhos stand out for their consistent and continuous commitment to the appreciation of urban spaces, and their cultural events and improvement of their equipment, and the overall recognition of the value of architecture and design. The relevance of the academy and the importance of the numerous design workshops add the necessary critical mass to these two cities. Porto Design Biennale aims to leverage existing resources, consolidate critical activity and reinforce design scheduling and production.
A comprehensive understanding of a biennial as producer of research and knowledge is set out in the definition of Porto Design Biennale’s mission and objectives. Each edition of the event will bring up for discussion a theme whose relevance and breadth allow it to raise different questions, stimulate plurality of debate and agree on proposals for realisation and change. The exhibitions are valued as forms of public presentation, as part of a broad range of initiatives in which immaterial production is combined – ideas and their discussion understood as the generating core of knowledge – with publications and the educational service.
The first edition of Porto Design Biennale, open to the public during the extended period from 19 September to 8 December 2019, takes the tensions of the new millennium as its central theme. It takes on board the urgency of considering a changing reality and calling up on design and understanding it as a critical thinking and way of intervening in that reality.
Three main nuclei of the theme Post Millennium Tension:
– Present Tense; Design and Democracy; Design Forum
– together offer up seven exhibitions, two public space installations, two workshop cycles, a performance conference, and a Digital Culture conference and debate event.
Territorio Italia focuses on events based on the guest country – Italy. Through three exhibitions and a conference, we are introduced to a new practice of
Italian design, inseparable from the context of tension and socio-political change that affects the country and is symptomatic of a broad spectrum of tensions that mark Europe and today’s globalized world.
The work of the academy will be carried out through the Schools project, in which national design educational institutions will present their visions and projects.
Alongside the core schedule, several events will make up a Satellites schedule, which has a variety of forms and expressions, bringing together events hosted by Porto Design Biennale and ten projects selected from an open call. In addition to the motivations and proposals already laid out, Porto Design Biennale is intended to be a place of celebration.
Celebration of Portuguese design and designers, academy and industry, criticism and curatorship.
A space where problematization and debate do not exclude the enthusiasm of thinking and seeking to make a better world.
[Executive Director of Porto Design Biennale]
[OPENING WEEK PROGRAMME]
03 PM — FRONTIERE
Casa do Design, Matosinhos
10 PM — MILLENNIALS
Galeria Municipal do Porto
04 PM — QUE FORÇA É ESSA
Casa da Arquitectura – Pavilhão Central, Matosinhos
07 PM — PORTUGAL INDUSTRIAL
Artes, Mota Galiza, Porto
10 PM — POST MILLENNIUM TENSION
Palácio dos Correios – 7º Piso, Porto
05 PM — A FORÇA DA FORMA
Biblioteca Pública Municipal do Porto – BPMP
23.09 – 27.09.2019
10 AM — FICTION PRACTICE
Museu da Quinta de Santiago, Matosinhos
06 PM – 09 PM — MONSTROUS DESIGNS: A PERFORMATIVE CONFERENCE
Palácio dos Correios – 7º Piso, Porto
02 PM – 08 PM — MONSTROUS DESIGNS: A PERFORMATIVE CONFERENCE
Teatro Rivoli – Grande Auditório, Porto
26.09 – 27.09.2019
09:30 AM – 05 PM — PAPANEK SYMPOSIUM 2019
Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett
– Auditório, Porto
05 PM — RICCARDO DALISI
MMIPO – Museu e Igreja da Misericórdia, Porto
04 PM — ABITARE ITALIA
Palácio das Artes – Fundação da Juventude, Porto
07 PM — FICTION PRACTICE
Museu da Quinta de Santiago, Matosinhos
Post Millennium Tension
Faced with the tensions of the new millennium, the first edition of the Porto Design Biennale intends to analyse the current disciplinary configuration of design and identify the processes implemented by designers in response to emerging changes. The turn of the millennium coincided with a broader and more diverse framework of significant structural and cyclical change which has, to a great extent, redefined our world.
Configuring that changing world has become a central challenge to critical thinking and, in this context, the epistemological framework of design has changed, making way for new ideas, models and the processes of intervention (materially-speaking), of exploration (relationally-speaking) and resistance (ideologically-speaking).
It is therefore urgent to identify, discuss and assess the forms and functions of design in the first twenty years of this millennium, and to consider the social effects of design and the new connections made from an economic, technological, political, cultural and environmental perspective. Framed within this broad and complex spectrum of tensions – of identity, geopolitics, and finance – how does the design affected by them come about? How does it interact with other disciplines and what kind of proposals are put together in these crossover areas? How does design play its role of mediator of new social meanings? How effective is design in bringing about a more inclusive, sustained and equitable society?
The guiding pragmatism of the Post Millennium Tension programme – with its three main nuclei Present Tense; Design and Democracy; Design Forum – seeks to add a utopian dimension, which will always be potentially fertile ground for idealisation, speculation and celebration. Based on this backdrop of issues the first edition of the Porto Design Biennale focuses on the design that moulds the world in which we live, taking a critical look at the “here and now” and looks to the near future that we aspire to and wish to accomplish.
Present Tense focuses on Portuguese and international design in the new millennium, aiming at surveying a multiform professional practice. Issues that are recurrently debated in the context of design culture, such as the connection with industry, the intersection between design and craftsmanship, auteur design and design as a freelance profession, must be replaced within a real context where all these dimensions have changed.
Design Forum stems from the thematisation and problematisation of the central theme of the Porto Design Biennale. It is a question of weaving a critical map of post millennium tensions and reflecting, on the one hand, specificities of disciplinary characterisation and, on the other, working lines of intersection, conflict, confluence or consequence between design, other disciplinary domains and political, financial, technological and cultural aspects. It seeks to create the conditions for a continuous task of self-reflection within the Biennale, during which the pertinence, actuality and effectiveness of the various formats explored (exhibition, conference, installation, catalogue, talks) can be problematised, as well as the definition of the statuses and roles tendentially defined (commissioner, curator, author, publisher, producer, spectator) at a major event.
Design and Democracy focuses on the political context of design, and above all on a reflection on possible modes of relationship between these two axes. The practice of design has been understood throughout History as a socially effective activity, which has consolidated in recent decades expressions of greater activism, argument and resistance. At the same time, projects of inclusion, dialogue and democracy have increased in number and relevance, complemented by discourses of a fictional or speculative nature that remind us of the central function of design in the realization of realistic utopias that contribute to the creation of a better world.
[Chief Curator of Porto Design Biennale ‘19]
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