This Thursday, the Porto Design Biennale (PDB) announced the eight winning Open Call projects that the organization has launched as part of parallel programming and that will integrate the event’s satellite activities planned for July this year.
In a statement, the PDB, which is funded by the municipalities of Porto and Matosinhos and organized by the Research Center of the Higher School of Art and Design (ESAD), will take place in the two cities between June 2nd and July 25th under the theme of alter realities : Design the present. “With the central theme of reflection on the general theme of this issue, the selected applications draw a notebook with activities, installations, workshops and creations intended to draw new lines of communication between local communities between digital and public space. to discuss diversity and environmental protection and to show ways into a future that will change the balance of power and combat social exclusion, ”explains the organization.
Yugen App by Alexander Burenkov; A Recolectora by Alexandre Delmar; Other landscapes: Petit Folies on the Douro by Ana Neiva and João Nuno Gomes; and caring assemblies. The design for a better future by Bartlebooth – Antonio Giráldez, López and Pablo Ibáñez Ferrera are four of the selected projects. The remainder selected for the PDB’21 satellite activities are Control Wars Laboratorio by Grace Turtle; For the record: The Politics of Design in Music Videos, by Het Nieuwe Instituut; Exploratory with effect: Participatory design for the 99% living space by Inês Alves and Lara Plácido; and here are dragons from Luis Galan.
The organization adds in the statement that “games, applications, workshops, conversation cycles, guided tours, dinners, installations and performances” are also some of the proposals that will integrate the program of activities to be developed in the months of June and July.
“The graphic design team that will develop the visual image of the Biennale will also be selected. This year it will be in the hands of the 1234 collective, which consists of Irina Pereira, João Castro, Miguel Almeida and Serafim Mendes, ”the organization also says.
The PDB emphasizes that “the great challenge of the event for this new year is to invite society, science, industry, institutions and cultural actors to a dynamic reflection on the construction of a” glocalized “future”.
In 2019, the 1st edition of the PDB mobilized around 50,000 people on 81 days in a program that included around 300 projects and 60 events such as exhibitions, workshops, performances, installations and talks, which were presented in 37 rooms in the cities of Porto and Matosinhos with 20 curators and 310 participants from 18 nationalities.