Open Call: BIO 26 - Associated Projects

The Museum of Architecture and Design, organizer of the 26th Biennial of Design (BIO 26) in Ljubljana, is launching an open call for entries for BIO 26 – Common Knowledge: ASSOCIATED PROJECTS, a program of parallel events that aims to give a broader view of issues addressed in COMMON KNOWLEDGE, a core biennial exhibition curated by Austrian design curator and cultural producer Thomas Geisler together with assistant curator Aline Lara Rezende.
The 26th Biennial of Design, BIO 26 – Common Knowledge, focuses on interrelations between the multidimensional information crisis and citizenship, and explores the role and potential of contemporary design in the shaping of knowledge and truth, and in the recalibration of our Infosphere. Working with content, structures, and stakeholders, the 26th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana hopes to find ways, unearth projects, and explore concepts and systems that can serve to turn this disruptive chaos in and of information into creative knowledge clusters. The notion of “common knowledge” relates and refers to what people know; more broadly, if refers to what people think and how they structure their ideas, feelings, and beliefs. Furthermore, the term “common knowledge” carries a sense of communal or shared knowledge.
Local and international designers, curators, creatives, educational institutions and cultural organizations are invited to take part in the ASSOCIATED PROJECTS program, which will accompany the biennial with a diverse program of events, exhibitions, lectures and other projects.
The ASSOCIATED PROJECTS program can feature individual or group presentations, new or established projects, exhibitions and events relating to a wide spectrum of activities in the field of design, more specifically related to the Biennial’s theme. We are looking for events that will connect the questions discussed by BIO 26 – Common Knowledge with local creative ecosystem and with general public. We are looking for projects in the intersection of art, culture, experiment, market and entrepreneurship that will establish a position in connection to the production of knowledge and the role of creativity in the society. The events and their locations will become points of convergence in Ljubljana, contributing to the creation of a rich and engaging program for the Biennial, which will take place from 14 November 2019–9 February 2020.
The committee consisting of BIO 26 and MAO curators as well as members of Centre for Creativity will choose the projects which will be shown as part of BIO 26 – Common Knowledge: Associated projects. The most important criteria in the selection process will be the project’s relevance to BIO 26 – Common Knowledge topics. Please describe in your project summary how your project relates to, confronts, questions, criticizes, supports or illustrates the main themes: information crisis and communal knowledge.
In order to participate it is necessary to submit the application form. Please send applications to – with the subject line BIO 26: ASSOCIATED PROJECTS_PROJECT NAME, with the following information collected in single PDF format (max. size 10 MB): 
Name of the project
Title of the applicant / project’s organizer
Legal form of the organisation (enterprise, NGO, society, faculty, public institution, private institution)
Applicant’s address
VAT ID number or tax number (if the applicant is a legal entity)
Applicant’s contact details – e-mail and phone
Brief project summary in relevance to BIO 26 – Common Knowledge topic (max. 500 words)
Project location (if known)
Project duration (in time of BIO 26 – Common Knowledge)
Photo material (included in the PDF document) or video (if available)
References (short introduction of the organisation, link to the website)
Projects submitted to the BIO 26 – Common Knowledge: ASSOCIATED PROJECTS program should be entirely self-founded. The production, equipment, installing and dismantling of the proposed activities, required licensing or other organizational and financial requirements are the responsibility of the applicants. Museum of Architecture and Design can advise the applicants regarding locations, but is not responsible for finding a location for the applied projects.
Among the applied projects Centre for Creativity reserves the right to choose the projects to support. The chosen projects, co-produced with the Centre for Creativity, will be entitled to financial support in terms of exhibition space and event organisation, but not to the support with the potential production of works. The right to the support have legal entities or natural persons conducting business activity, but not natural persons. More about Centre for Creativity on
Museum of Architecture and Design, organizer of BIO 26 – Common Knowledge, will publish, promote and communicate said projects in the Biennial's Program and Exhibition Guide, on the BIO 26 website, in online newsletters for foreign and domestic media, and across wider public and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
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Six projects commissioned for BIO 26


The 26th Biennial of Design, BIO 26 – Common Knowledge, curated by Austrian design curator and cultural producer Thomas Geisler together with assistant curator Aline Lara Rezende, is taking on one of the greatest challenges of our time: information.
For the Biennial of Design we are commissioning six projects. The projects were selected through a designathon process—a three-day intensive, hands-on, sprint event in which curious and motivated people, non-designers and designers alike, collaborated on design challenges.
Seventy-eight participants selected through the BIO 26 open call engaged in the second round of selection at Designathon #1, which took place in May in Ljubljana. Nominated in eighteen teams, they had the opportunity to work with prominent designers and knowledge mentors from six different partnering institutions of knowledge production and knowledge transmission in Ljubljana—a library, museum, university, retirement home, botanical garden, and newspaper—to create innovative solutions for the challenges proposed in the designathon.
An international jury of prominent experts selected the best projects by institution to progress to the next phase:
1. Library
Group challenge: How can knowledge exchange between the National Library and external sites open access and add new value to the collection?
Participants: Thomas Hügin, Maja Kolar, Yuxi Liu, Alicia Lu Lin, Motong Yang, group manager Špela Pavli Perko
Design mentors: Commonplace Studio
Knowledge mentors: Žiga Cerkvenik, Irena Eiselt, Janko Klasinc
2. Museum
Group challenge: How can visitors reconnect with the essential physicality of dance at the Temporary Slovene Dance Archive at MSUM?
Participants: Cyrus Clarke, Juliana Lewis, Monika Seyfried,  group manager Matevž Straus
Design mentor: Paolo Patelli
Knowledge mentor: Ida Hiršenfelder
3. University
Group challenge: Can a new knowledge production program stimulate exchange between faculties and civic actors to negotiate hierarchies and to give value to the everyday life of students and professors?
Participants: Gențiana Dumitrașcu, Adrian Judt, Simon Platzgummer, Andreja Pogačar, group manager Janja Štorgelj
Design mentor: Apolonija Šušteršič
Knowledge mentor: Tomaž Deželan
4. Retirement Home
Group challenge: How to rethink retirement
Participants: Guendalina Ballerini, Rebecca Carrai, Emilia Izquierdo, Natalia Skoczylas,  group manager Barbara Peterca
Design mentor: Kathrina Dankl
Knowledge mentors: Monika Šparl, Matija Puškarič, Monika Vrhovnik Hribar
5. Botanical Garden
Group challenge: How to create a living seed bank
Participants: Eliza Chojnacka, Kamila Kantek, Gabriela Szalanska, group manager Aleš Kobe
Design mentors: Futurefarmers
Knowledge mentors: Jože Bavcon, Blanka Ravnjak
6. Newspaper: Group 3
Group challenge: How to use news archives as a new stakeholder in the media landscape to re-value news institutions
Participants: Maxime Benvenuto, Petra Matić, Aneta Pawlik, José Pérez, Zuzanna Zgierska, group manager Jurka Mihelin
Design mentors: Bureau d’études
Knowledge mentor: Ali Žerdin
The six winning teams listed above will participate in a second designathon—prototype to product—taking place from July 12th to 14th in Ljubljana. Their projects will receive funds to be developed further into validated prototypes, installations, services, or systems to be exhibited during the biennial.
From November 14th, 2019 to February 9th, 2020 in Ljubljana, the 26th Biennial of Design, BIO 26 – Common Knowledge, will present the outcomes of the exploratory work of the winning teams.

BIO 26: Creative atmosphere above Ljubljana at the Designathon #1

From May 17th do 19th over 100 creatives from 17 countries took part at the Designathon #1, combining the creative, entrepreneurial world of start-ups, tweaking it with a curatorial approach, thus starting the production process of BIO 26.

Six international, multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with six institutions, six Slovene mentors – Knowledge mentors and six international mentors – Design Mentors put their minds and hearts together to solve a design challenge. The aim of the collaborations is to open up the networks, creating projects and structures that could develop through time.
This year's edition of the 26th biennial of design – BIO 26 is curated by the Austrian curator and cultural producer Thomas Geisler and co-curated by Austrian curator, designer and journalist Aline Lara Rezende. The jury and BIO 26 advisory committee consists of Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum London, Johnny Golding, Philosopher and professor at the Royal College of Art, Amelie Klein, Curator, Vitra Design Museum, Germany, Maja Vardjan, Curator, MAO and Aleš Pustovrh, Professor and economist.
The participants were thrilled about the event and the creative atmosphere and it will not be an easy task for the jury to choose only six projects that will be further developed (from prototype to product) at the Designathon #2: taking place from the 12th to 14th of July 2019 in Ljubljana
The theme of BIO 26: Common Knowledge is one of the greatest challenges in our society: information – how we manage it, shape it, process it and distribute it.
You are kindly invited to see all the photos (by Janez Klenovšek) in the Flickr gallery.

Future Architecture announces selected creatives of 2019

Future Architecture members and 2018 alumni selected 21 ideas from the 357 received at Call for Ideas 2019. The authors will be invited to the Matchmaking Conference as part of Creative Exchange 2019 taking place from 13-15 February 2019 at Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana, where they will present their ideas on Future Architecture and get the chance to become a part of Future Architecture programme of events.

The 23 members of the platform voted for the following authors and their ideas:
Céline Baumann (Switzerland) with Queer Nature 
Katerina Frejlachova, Miroslav Pazdera, Tadeas Riha, Martin Spicak (Czech Republic) with Logistic Landscapes
Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe (Sweden) with Under Construction
Urban Works Agency (Janette Kim, Neeraj Bhatia, Antje Steinmuller and Christopher Roach) (USA) with A seat at the table
Forum for Architecture Theory (Fabio Don and Marco Zelli) (Switzerland) with F.A.T.
Shift (Elizaveta Dorrer, Dmitry Alferov, Arthur Röing Baer, Christian Lavista) (Germany) with Shift
Spaces like action (Marco Ferrari, Cristina Gallizioli, Maria Giulia Milani) (Italy) with Spaces like Actions
Sonja Dragovic (Montenegro) with The Beautiful Ruins We're Made Of
Traumnovelle (Léone Drapeaud, Manuel Leon Fanjul and Johnny Leya with Roxane Le Grelle, Sébastien Lacomblez, Claire Trotignon, Philippe Braquenier and Jurgen Maelfeyt) (Belgium) with Eurotopie
Meisje Trabajo (Netherlands) with The 0.75 Scale
para-sight (Cyprus) with Visual Mediations
Elian Stefa (Albania) with Art(i)leria
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Dubravka Sekulić (Switzerland) with Curriculum Revolution 
Yuan Chun Liu (Cam Liu) (Netherlands) with Expansion as the second Layer of the City
SO? (Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktaş) (Turkey) with Hope on Water
Outsider (Slovenia) with Outsider
Lodovica Guarnieri (Netherlands) with (UN)just Peace
Ateliermob/Working with the 99% (Portugal) with Working with the 99%

Last year's alumni selected the following ideas and their authors:
Klodiana Millona (Netherlands) with It's time for an Architecture of De-Growth
Vojtěch Rada (Czech Republic) with The Crimson Clouds: Sequel
Giorgia Scognamiglio & Lorenzo Zandri (United Kingdom) with Unsent Postcard

The selected participants will be joined by winners of the Young Talent Architecture Award - YTAA 2018 Julio Gotor Valcárcel (Switzerland) with the winning project Perdido (Lost), which was also selected by the members, as well as Hendrik Brinkmann (Germany) with Neue Bauakademie Berlin and Matthew Gregorowski (UK) with Deplorable Framework.

The selection of 25 creatives is completed with the public’s favourite idea. Followers of the Future Architecture website and social media have through an online vote selected Architecture through the butterfly effect by Benart Shala (Kosovo) as their favourite.

The selected author for parallel writers call FINAL_FINAL the First dpr-barcelona Writer's Grant are Martina Freitagová and Lucie Kohoutová with their proposal Fables and Constructions. The criteria used for the selection and a more detailed overview of the selection process will be announced by dpr-barcelona.

Full results of the selection process>>

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