Questions of design at Gwangju biennale

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Questions of design at Gwangju biennale


“Sweet Parliament Home” by architect Andres Jaque is part of the “Named” exhibition at the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011, which starts tomorrow.

The “Named” exhibition will show works by famous designers such as Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo and Canadian design company Bruce Mau Design.

Included among the 129 artists and 74 companies from 44 countries participating in the biennale are people who are not necessarily considered to be designers in the traditional sense, such as a Norwegian farming group and a Ghanaian carpentry workshop that makes coffins in the African style. Many of these “designers” in the extended meaning will present their works in the “Unnamed” exhibition.

Seung H-Sang, a Korean architect and the co-director of the biennale, said at a press conference in July that this year’s biennale will focus on the question of what constitutes design and will not be limited to a narrow definition of the term. Provided by the organizers
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