BIO 26: Open Call Announced


The 26th Biennial of Design (BIO 26) will take on one of the greatest challenges of our time: information. Concerned with the widespread crisis in information, BIO26 seeks to harvest the best ideas that explore ways to creatively take charge and react to it, as well as to propose experiments and present alternatives to the ways we currently deal with information and knowledge.

The open call invites designers, architects, scientists, artists, communicators, educational professionals, sociologists, and the general public on a sprint journey to revisit the fundamental structures of knowledge production and transmission in society, going back to the Enlightenment.

This year we will commission six projects for the biennial through a designathon process—a three-day intensive, hands-on, sprint event in which curious and motivated people, non-designers and designers alike, will collaborate on design challenges. Selected participants will explore real challenges posed by the BIO26 curatorial team together with a partnering museum, library, university, botanical garden, and retirement home, as well as news and media organization to rethink their roles in the twenty-first century. Six esteemed designers will lead the groups as mentors until the exhibition presentation. They are: Bureau d'études, Futurefarmers, Commonplace Studio, Paolo Patelli, Apolonija Šušteršič, Kathrina Dankl. BIO 26 is curated by Austrian design curator and cultural producer Thomas Geisler together with assistant curator Aline Lara Rezende. Deadline for applications is 21 April 2019.
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The castle is located in the Fužine area which received its name after the ironworks once operative on the river Ljubljanica. Built on commission from the Khisl family in mid-16th century, it is the only remaining renaissance castle in Ljubljana. Guided tours in English every last Saturday of the month! more »


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Guided tours of exhibition


The guided tours of exhibitions in MAO are organized for different age groups. Featured content is enriched with the interpretation, observation amd conversation. They can be accompanied with worksheets or workshops. Join us on these special explorations! more »
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