The 11th edition of Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne

March 21 – April 22, 2019 Saint-Etienne, France

The Cité du design Saint-Etienne, under the auspices of the City of Saint-Etienne and Saint-Etienne Metropolitan Government, is hosting the 11th edition of Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne, from March 21 to April 22, 2019 around the theme ME/ YOU/ NOUS: Designing common ground.

If you are a designer, a professor with their students, a researcher, a policy maker, a creative company, a design activist … there will be something for you in the Biennale!

Big names of international Design (John Maeda, Alexandra Ginsberg) invited by the main curator Lisa White have prepared exhibitions on major economic, societal or environmental issues

With the Chinese UNESCO Cities of Design: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan as guests of honour, the Biennale recognizes the exponential growth of China and celebrates its place on the international design scene. A special exhibition dedicated to China “Equi-Libre” curated by FAN Zhe will present a panorama of contemporary Chinese creation. “Stefania” exhibition of the ESADSE will present more than 30 French and international schools that have worked with China.
These proposals will be completed by exhibition and events in Sino-French Contemporary Art Center in Chambon-sur-Lignon, a new place for international cultural exchanges.

The Biennale will gather the UNESCO Creative Cities of Design in a Forum on 21st and 22nd March, to reflect together on design as a strategic lever to build common grounds, for cooperation, and economic and cultural exchanges.

Special moments will be dedicated to companies, Higher education, Research.
cf. the programme highlights below and the details on https://biennale-design.com/saint-etienne/2019/en/home/

Following the identity of Saint-Etienne unique event, this 11th edition will be a Biennale for …

… Seeing, exhibitions supported by designers, artists and researchers.
… Participating, through a wide variety of events during a month. Whether in Cité du design – Manufacture, inside or outside the city.
…. Thinking, with conferences, debates, symposia, the city will be transformed into a laboratory of thoughts, confronting different points of view to shed light on the opinions and challenges of today.

*******BIENNALE PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS******
March 20 – March 24| Inaugural week – China Guest of Honour

March 20: Official opening at 6 pm

March 21: Forum UNESCO Cities of Design “Cooperation & Impact” at Cité du design 9h -12h30 roundtables animated by Laetitia Wolff with Gaël Perdriau- President of Saint-Etienne Métropole, Mayor of Saint-Etienne, Thierry Mandon, Director Cité du design , Eberhard Schrempf, Executive director, Creative Industries Styria, Graz, Ellen Schneider, Deputy Director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center , Kyung Ran Choi, CEO, Seoul Design Foundation , FAN Zhe, curator of Chinese design exhibition for the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2019, artistic director Sino-French Contemporary Art Center, Chambon-sur-Lignon , LIU Doreen Heng, Exhibition curator for Shenzhen, NODE architecture &Urbanism, WANG Min, Design curator, professor CAFA Beijing , YANG Jamy, Exhibition curator for Shanghai, WANG Xueqing, Graphic Designer, professor CAA Hangzhou & Macau University of Science technology , LEE Cindy, Deputy Section Chief, International Affairs, Wuhan Design Industry Promotion Office

March 21 afternoon at 14.30 : Business seminar France China at City Hall

March 21 at 14.00 conference Common Grounds with Lisa White and Cynthia Fleury

March 22: Forum UNESCO Cities of Design “Cooperation & Impact” at Sino-French Contemporary Art Center in Chambon-sur- Lignon
With a workshop Cooperation & Impact for UCCN and at 14.00 :Conference on contemporary Chinese architecture “Shenzhen constructs” in partnership with NODE and URBANUS – architecture & urbanism studios from Shenzhen :Inte, NODE Architectrue & Urbanism, commissaire de l’exposition Shenzhen-ness, Meng Jianmin, Architect, Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design Research, Wang Zejian, China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, Liu Xiaodu, URBANUS Architecture & Design, Doreen Heng Liu, NODE Architecture, Jean Nouvel (TBC) Odile Decq (TBC); 16:30: Ceremony of CHOW TAI FOOK Window Display Art & Design Award ; 17:30: Inauguration of the exhibitions on Chinese art and architecture in Sino-French Contemporary Art Center

March 23: Opening of Banc d’Essai 2019 – prototypes of urban furniture tested on public space

March 28-29 : Material Days
Conferences and meetings about sensitive, future and unusual material (mainly in French)

April 2 – April 7| International Design Networks’ & Business Week
April 2 : DZING DZING – Design Research in Art Schools: Our concerns (under the umbrella of Cumulus for EU Industry Days 2019)
April 3- April 5: Design & Innovation Forum for business, institutions and designers
April 4- April 5: Pre-Summit Meeting of Design Declaration for Signatory entities with ICoD

April 9- April 14 : Design Research Week
April 10: Italian Design Days conference : Pippo Ciorra, MAXXI Rome
April 10: Conference “Designing representative bodies”
April 11: Conference “Design and Anthropocene: Business as unusual”

April 16-April 21 : Chinese culture week
April 16: Lecture by François Jullien, philosopher and sinologist, introduced by Fan Zhe
April 17: Roundtable “Design Schools and China”

Information: https://biennale-design.com/saint-etienne/2019/en/home/

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