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Biennial: 26th Biennial of Design BIO 26| Common Knowledge in Ljubljana

Text by CLOT Magazine

From November 14, 2019, to February 9, 2020, at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in Ljubljana takes place the 26th Biennial of Design 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?. Fake news, deep fake news (misleading videos created using artificial intelligence), Facebook running fake ads to manipulate elections, you name it. China has committed a criminal offence to publish deep fake or fake news without disclosure to protect public opinion from manipulation and misleading information. Everything counts. 

Curated by design curator and cultural producer Thomas Geisler and curator and journalist Aline Lara Rezende BIO 26| Common Knowledge takes on one of the greatest challenges of our time: information. The biennial is organised around a central exhibition focused on the interrelations between the multidimensional crisis in information and citizenship and explores the role and potential of contemporary design in shaping knowledge and truth. Works of Superflux, Dunne & Raby, Otto Neurath, and Forensic Architecture, among others, dive into the issues caused by the overload of information and different types of data. 

The central exhibition and accompanying catalogue, which will be released as a magazine of 5 issues, are divided into five thematic chapters: data, information, knowledge, and wisdom- and one introductory chapter dedicated to the “information crisis” as a whole.

BIO was founded in 1963, making it the first design biennial in Europe and over the last 56 years, BIO has seen design transition from its birth at the crossroads of industrialisation and modernism to a discipline that permeates all layers of life and human endeavour.

(Media courtesy of BIO)
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