A School of Schools is a multi-platform biennial that will use, test, and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond.
Titled ‘A School of Schools,’ the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will stretch both the space and time of the traditional design event, manifesting as a flexible year-long programme within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education. A School of Schools manifests as a set of dynamic learning formats encouraging creative production, sustainable collaboration, and social connection. Exploring eight themes, the learning environment is a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations.
The biennial, curated by Jan Boelen, will take place between 22 September – 4 November 2018. Biennial venues are Akbank Sanat, Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat, Pera Müzesi, Arter, SALT Galata and Studio-X.
An open call was placed for determining the participants. More than 700 applicants approached the organizers from 41 countries. About 100 of them are participating in this platform which encourages thinking and creating together.