VENICE DESIGN BIENNIAL // DESIGN AFTER DARWIN. ADAPTED TO ADAPTABILITY
May 23rd - June 17th 2018
VENICE DESIGN BIENNIAL 2018
Design After Darwin. Adapted to Adaptability.
Press point: Palazzo Morosini Gatterburg, Campo Santo Stefano,
San Marco 2803, Venice.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00, closed on Tuesdays.
VENICE DESIGN BIENNIAL is an exhibition platform in which antique palaces, galleries, old warehouses, closed shops and empty houses are temporarily transformed into design spaces. VENICE DESIGN BIENNIAL combines the unicity of the design creation with the immersive experience that Venice itself entails.
The curatorial theme of the 2018 edition of VENICE DESIGN BIENNIAL was “Design After Darwin. Adapted to Adaptability” and was curated by Luca Berta, Francesca Giubilei and Alice Stori Liechtenstein.
What happens when the function of an object or a space continuously evolves, or becomes stratified as it is duplicated, triplicated, and multiplicated?
The theme of VENICE DESIGN BIENNIAL 2018 "Design After Darwin. Adapted to Adaptability" aims to showcase design’s ability to be receptive to alternative uses as the function multiplies and stratifies, contrary to a notion of any singular predetermined use. Our occupation of space and our utilization of objects change repeatedly. The allocation of function loses definition, replaced by a polymorphous management process of time and the use of space. Work and leisure are superimposed and often exist simultaneously in more and more spaces.
The group show, which takes place at Palazzo Morosini Gatterburg, one of the historical venues of Generali Italia, focuses on this curatorial concept exalting the extensive value of design, seen through its readiness to incorporate other uses, and the use by the others. This facet of the nature of design becomes an active component in the transformation of everyday life due to the power to integrate with the unpredictable paths of the future, and a reinvention of what was only previously imaginable.