BIO 26: Common Knowledge


How do we recognize 'fake news'? Which sources do we trust? How can we be sure of the information we use to build our knowledge? The 26th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, BIO 26| Common Knowledge, is taking on one of the greatest challenges of our time: information. From 14 November 2019 till 9 February 2020, BIO 26| Common Knowledge invites you to dive into the global information crisis. 
BIO 26| Common Knowledge, curated by Austrian design curator and cultural producer Thomas Geisler together with assistant curator and journalist Aline Lara Rezende, focuses on interrelations between the multidimensional crisis in information and citizenship, and explores the role and potential of contemporary design in shaping of knowledge and truth. Discover six major commissioned projects, enjoy an impressive central exhibition at MAO and experience multiple side events, which are all trying to shine a light on the issues caused by the overload of information and different types of data. 
In an attempt to pin down the comprehensive theme, BIO 26| Common Knowledge adopted the data–information–knowledge–wisdom (DIKW) Knowledge Hierarchy diagram. The DIKW system will be used as a base to structure the central exhibition, commissions, catalogue and public programs at BIO 26| Common Knowledge. The central exhibition and accompanying catalogue, which will be released as a magazine of 5 issues, will be divided into five thematic chapters: the four components of the pyramid diagram -data, information, knowledge, and wisdom- and one introductory chapter dedicated solely to the 'information crisis' as a whole. 
BIO 26| Common Knowledge is organised around an exhibition of historic and contemporary projects that will be presented at MAO, the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana. At the central exhibition prominent works of Superflux, Dunne & Raby, Otto Neurath, Orson Welles, Viktor Papanek, Forensic Architecture, Otl Aicher, acclaimed infographist Jaime Serra, editorial designers Mark Porter & Francesco Franchi and the intrinsic Institute of Patent Infringement project will be on show. The 26th Biennial of Design is proud to collaborate with international partners, such as ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany and MU artspace Eindhoven from The Netherlands. Both are showing exciting exhibitions on the framework of the biennial. The pharmaceutical company Lek is contributing a presentation of the Bohuslav Lavička Pharmaceutical and Medical Collection.

Six institutions, six projects
The central part of BIO 26| Common Knowledge are six major commissioned experimental projects by multidisciplinary teams selected through a designathon process. For the commissioned projects BIO 26| Common Knowledge has partnered with six institutions central to knowledge production and dissemination, such as a museum, library, university and newspaper, but also a botanical garden and retirement home. The six winning teams have been guided by a professional and international team of Design Mentors, namely Commonplace, Paolo Patelli, Apolonija Šušteršič, Kathrina Dankl, Futurefarmers and Bureau d'études. The six Design Mentors will also present their own work(s) in the central exhibition at MAO.


MAO, Rusjanov trg 7

Entry fee

 6 Euros, discounted 3 Euros, families 8 Euros