PDB21 Programme

PDB21 Programme

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PDB21 Programme

"Flyttblock" from the project Wild Care

Exhibitions, conferences, workshops and publications make up the programmatic skeleton proposed by the general curator, Alastair Fuad-Luke, for a biennale that is to be held with the participation of all – citizens, visitors, professionals and lovers of design -, generating strategic and effective alliances for building communities of change.⁠

The program for the second edition of the Porto Design Biennale is closed. Taking place between the 2nd of June and the 25th of July in the cities of Porto and Matosinhos, the event will organize more than 49 activities that aim to stimulate the interest of design in promoting new discourses and practices that can integrate the prospective capacity of the discipline to outline innovative solutions for collective problems. Exhibitions, conferences, workshops and publications make up the programmatic skeleton proposed by the general curator, Alastair Fuad-Luke, for an edition that is to be held with the participation of all – citizens, visitors, professionals and lovers of design -, generating strategic and effective alliances for building communities of change.

The main program of PDB’21 will have as one of its main axes the exhibition Museu da Matéria Viva, where design is called to look at our sustainable relationship with all living beings. Alongside the exhibition, the Museu da Matéria Viva will convene a series of expeditions and workshops developed by Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Austria and Seçil Uğur Yavuz (Italy / Turkey); Julia Lohmann (Germany) and Violaine Buet (France) and Alastair Fuad-Luke (United Kingdom / Portugal) and Tiago Patatas (Portugal). Having as points of installation the Palacete Viscondes Balsemão and Praça Carlos Alberto, Radical Care: Architectures of Love and Reciprocity, a proposal guided by Ana Jara (Portugal) and Alberto Altes (Spain), will gather stories of practices that contribute to increase the levels of care and love on the planet and about the planet, resisting cynicism and toxic irresponsibility. Also to be held presentially, Habitar 424, curated by Fran Edgerley (United Kingdom), Inês Marques (Portugal) and Olivia Page (United Kingdom/Portugal), will start a workshop developed by and for the homeless community in Porto. The project aims to reconceptualize the common understanding of homeless people, while at the same time providing increasing community resources for the future.

In the inevitable extension to online, the general program of PDB’21 will launch the exhibition Invisible Lines, curated by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati in collaboration with the MIT Senseable City Lab, which will present a look at the gentrification process and new ghettoization of the city with big data.

Complementing its installation dimension, Porto Design Biennale will also contemplate two spaces specially dedicated to the debate: a series of podcasts guided by the ideas proposed by the program (Vozes do Atelier, curated by André Cruz) and the cycle Friday Colloquia: Peripheral Perspectives, which proposes a set of colloquia attended by interdisciplinary academics, non-academic thinkers, designers, visual and performative artists and citizens.

In conjunction with the general curatorial proposal, France, as a guest country, presents a diversified program of radio conversations, exhibitions, installations and social projects, curated by Caroline Naphegyi and Sam Baron.

The 2021 edition of Porto Design Biennale (PDB) is promoted by the municipalities of Porto and Matosinhos and organized by esad – idea, Research in Design and Art, and will take place in both cities between June 2nd and July 25th. The great challenge of the event for this year is to call on society, academia, industry, institutions and cultural agents for a dynamic reflection on the construction of a “glocalized” future.