BIO 26

The sad stats behind Ljubljana design biennial identity

Each cheerful design application is a representation of unsettling data

BIO 26, the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, just launched an open call for participation in the 26th edition, titled Common Knowledge. The biennial will take on one of the greatest challenges of our time: information. Concerned with the widespread crisis in information, BIO 26 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 new biennial identity takes the topic very literally: information is in crisis. Short attention spans, infobesity and an overload of visual content forced designers to rethink their role in the information society. As gatekeepers, they can hamper or feed the culture of post-truth.

The identity for BIO 26 questions the design representation of the real world with an intentional emphasis on form over substance. Manipulating objective facts to the point of beauty, Ljubljana-based design studio Ljudje created cheerful infographics based on sad, alarming or plain mundane data about our world. From global causes of death to probability that people who attend a Facebook event will actually turn up, the design puts the biennial topics into the context of the media where identity appears.

This years’ biennial is curated by Austrian design curator and cultural producer Thomas Geisler and assistant curator Aline Lara Rezende. You can apply to BIO 26 before April 21, 2019.

About BIO26

BIO – The Biennial of Design in Ljubljana is organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), and is an international platform for new approaches in design. BIO was founded in 1963 and has since seen design transition from its birth at the crossroads of industrialization and modernism to a discipline that permeates all layers of life and human endeavour. Today, BIO works as a testing ground, where design is employed as a tool to question and improve our daily life, among different design approaches that touch systems, production, services, scientific research, humanistic issues, unexpected conditions for the production of our habitat. www.bio.si

 About Ljudje

Ljudje – Slovenian for “people” – is a strategic design studio based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. A team of designers, artists, stategists and writers uncovers problems and reshapes systems in various design fields. Ljudje design for the people and with the people. They believe great things only happen when humans step closer and work together. www.ljudje.si