Turning the focus into the usefulness of design practice, revealing its ability to question reality, challenge complexity and propose concepts and adaptations for a closer and fairer world: such is the curatorial proposal of Caroline Naphegyi and Sam Baron for the Porto Design Biennale 2021. Articulated with the general theme proposed by Alastair Fuad-Luke (Alter-Realities: Designing the Present), the program aims to be a space for an open dialogue between the Portuguese and French artistic communities, the citizens of Porto and Matosinhos and all the biennale visitors. Connecting and being connected, sharing and exchanging, listening and communicating will be the poles that both intend to unite through what they believe is the ability of design to create an inclusive language. Curators, researchers and creators, Caroline Naphegyi and Sam Baron have developed extensive work in creating bridges between design and other artistic and academic disciplines.
For Porto Design Biennale, Caroline Naphegyi and Sam Baron developed a program that points to action and intervention in the territory, which will convene, through a process inspired by the model of the exquisite corpse, French and Portuguese thinkers, designers, architects and design critics.