BIO 25: Faraway So Close
Museum of Architecture and Design
Pot na Fužine 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nearly 50 participants, designers, architects, multimedia creators, will meet for the first time at MAO and actively begin their research and design process, which will be presented at the 25th Biennial of Design BIO 25: Faraway, So Close. BIO 25 will present possible scenarios in the form of seven episodes that will attempt to enquire into global as well as local issues.
FARAWAY, SO CLOSE will investigate what is distant, but not yet remote enough to penetrate our memory because it is still waiting for a semantic connotation and will turn the attention to what is close, but so close in space and time that it neither catches our attention nor our intention.
BIO 25 is conceived as a production platform and speculative scenography, where spatial and design practice starting from the existing Slovenian environment will be articulated. Slovenia will act as a charter for stimulating, discussing and testing this theoretical approach.
The participants chosen at the open call will start their work in 7 groups, where seven Slovenian individuals well known for their unique personal and professional projects outside the field of design will each be paired with an international creative figure chosen for their ability to use design and architecture as tools for investigating contemporary issues.
Each pair will act in a specific location that becomes a setting for a screenplay to be developed. UNDERGROUND RELEASE in the subterranean world of caves, OCCUPYING WOODS in the omnipresent forest, AFTER UTOPIA in a soon to be closed mining landscape, BRAND NEW-COEXISTENCE inside a contemporary urban ruin, COUNTRYSIDE RELOADED in a rural playground, RESILIENCE OF THE PAST in a quiet alpine setting that was once a battleground, NEW HEROES on the looming sea.
By testing disciplines outside their comfort zone, FARAWAY, SO CLOSE will present possible scenarios in the form of seven episodes that will attempt to enquire into global as well as local issues.