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Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) sponsored by VitrA and supported by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism and ‘higher contributing corporation’ Borsa Istanbul, the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial – Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one will conclude with a day-long closing event Not quite a finissage! on Saturday, 24 April from 12.00 (GMT+3) streaming on İKSV’s YouTube channel. It is a day-long event, which marks a closure while opening new works to the public at the same time. The event will be focused on the research projects displayed in the Library of Land and Sea but will also encompass many surprises reflecting the spirit of this edition.

Not quite a finissage! puts forward ideas and projects that encourage us to rethink practices of care and civility at this critical moment in time, and to collectively build new systems and structures for reconnecting. It presents projects by an international line-up of designers, architects and artists, whose work adopts sensitive, diplomatic, sometimes therapeutic functions, with the aim of connecting us with one another but also with the world around us. Seeking to define a new role for design based on empathy, this event interrogates how we relate emotionally with other species and bodies – biological, geological, mineral, mechanic.

The programme will comprise talks, walks, performances and screenings from an international line-up of designers and artists including Dele Adeyemo, Ibiye Camp and Dámaso Randulfe, Black Athena Collective, Counterspace, Linda Schilling Cuellar, Dansbana!, Sophie Krier & Eric Wong, Aslıhan Demirtaş, FRAUD, Ilana Harris-Babou, Ayşenaz Toker and Merve Tuna, Anna Puigjaner – MAIO in collaboration with Alina Abouelenin, BUREAU, Pelin Tan & Vivien Sansour & Luigi Coppola, Orkan Telhan with elii, theOtherDada, TiriLab, Aslı Uludağ and many more. The opening and closing speeches of the event will be moderated by Can Remzi Ergen, along with the biennial director Deniz Ova, as well as the biennial’s curatorial team Mariana Pestana, Sumitra Upham and Billie Muraben.

Co-hosted with the Design Museum and Het Nieuwe Instituut and in collaboration with callingNot quite a finissage! will be shared through İKSV’s YouTube channel as well as the websites of the Design Museum and Het Nieuwe Instituut. As the biennial’s final stage comes to an end, it will continue to live with the permanent projects it has presented to the city.


12.00 Welcome and Panel Discussion
Mariana Pestana, Billie Muraben, Sumitra Upham and Deniz Ova (moderated by Can Remzi Ergen)

Mystical Advert
object*oriented*magic, Ayşenaz Toker & Merve Tuna

12.27 Reading Room
Mattering of a Productive MythologyAslı Uludağ

12.42 Research Presentation
Material Histories: Sands, Soils, Recipes and Other Archives, Counterspace

12.45 Video Podcast
The Avocado ToastLinda Schilling Cuellar & Billie Muraben

12.55 Film Screening
Unclaimed latifundium: Eat more, fish further! (Partnerships)FRAUD

13.12 Video Podcast
object*oriented*magicAyşenaz Toker and Merve Tuna & Billie Muraben

13.25 Film Screening
Satellite KitchensTiriLab

13.40 Landscape of Voices
Rebel KitchensAnna Puigjaner (MAIO) & Alina Abouelenin

13.48 Video Podcast
Mush RoomsBUREAU (Daniel Zamarbide) & Billie Muraben

14.00 Virtual Tour
New Civic Rituals

14.04 Film Screening
The Cosmogony of (Racial) CapitalismDele Adeyemo

14.17 Response to the Film and Performance Lecture
The Cosmogony of (Racial) CapitalismDele Adeyemo, Ibiye Camp, Dámaso Randulfe

14.50 Thirst Walk
In Search of the Pluriverse: Thirst WalkSophie Krier & Erik Wong

15.05 Abandoned Land Visit
Mediterranean stories among the olive fields (The Care of Seed: An Entangled Kinship)Luigi Coppola, Vivien Sansour, Pelin Tan

15.40 Virtual Field Walk

15.55 Interview
The Garden of the Worm and the Bird (Earthable)Aslıhan Demirtaş

16.15 Video Podcast
Nature is HealingIlana Harris-Babou & Billie Muraben

16.25 Interspecies Conversation
Microbial Fruits of IstanbulOrkan Telhan & Uriel Fogué (elli architects)

16.38 Performance Lecture
The Tent as an Image of the CosmosBlack Athena Collective

16.48 Dance Performance by Waves
Dansbana! KalamışDansbana!

16.50 Book Launch and Closing Remarks
Mariana Pestana, Deniz Ova (moderated by Can Remzi Ergen

5th Istanbul Design Biennial supporters

The 5th Istanbul Design Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) under the sponsorship of VitrA and with the support of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Borsa Istanbul supports the biennial as the Foundation with the Highest Contribution.

Biennial’s panels are sponsored by VitrA, whereas biennial’s Experience Sponsor is Digilogue, a Technology and Creativity platform, powered by Zorlu Holding and Zorlu PSM.

Other contributing corporations and institutions of the biennial are Arçelik, Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB), Tempo, Ek Biç Ye İç, Nippon Paint, Yıldız Entegre and Jofebar Panoramah!.

The biennial also receives support from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Kültür AŞ, Beşiktaş Municipality, Kadıköy Municipality and Beyoğlu Municipality.

Contributing institutions of the biennial are, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul, Acción Cultural Espaňola (AC/E), IASPIS, Goethe-Institut Istanbul, Prohelvetia, British Council, Graham Foundation, Onassis STEGI, The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua I.P., Pláka Porto, Matadero Madrid, Het Nieuwe Instituut, MAAT Fundaçao EDP, SAHA Association Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Galata M84, Stimuleringsfonds, Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, Gate 27, Weitzman School of Design andBerliner Festspiele / Immersion.

Venue supporters of the biennial are, Pera Museum, ARK Kültür, Fenerbahçe Park Community Garden, Saint-Joseph Private French High School and Istanbul Bilgi University. .

The Founding Sponsor of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) is Eczacıbaşı Group, İKSV Hotel Sponsor is The Marmara Group, the Insurance Sponsor is Zurich Sigorta, Recycling Sponsor is Coca-Cola and the Service Sponsors are Plaza OSG and Somera.