Call for Schools at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will be held from 22 September to 4 November 2018.

Called A School of Schools, it is a multi-platform biennale that will use, test, and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond.

Individuals, collectives and organisations are invited to express interest, indicate availability and resources, and propose new and old educational models for implementation and exhibition. Educational models should be presented in the format of a ‘school’, whether workshop, laboratory, tutorial, university, online network, camp, field trip, or any other format.

The proposal should not only include research, methodology, process, and duration of the school – from one hour to one year – but also its outcome. Schools may be location-specific, travelling or digital; and can either be submitted with a predefined set of participants, such as an existing school with existing students, or open to establishing a group of learners. Schools that subvert or reframe traditional pedagogical theories and binaries such as teacher and student, question and answer, and demonstrate a clear exhibition output will be given preference.

More information:

To complete this form in Turkish:

Email address
#1 First things first
Individuals, collectives and organisations are invited to submit applications, however a single contact person needs to complete this form.
Name of individual/collective/organisation
Full name of contact person
Mobile number
Skype address
#2 Who are you?
Tell us who you are and what you are about.
We are a...
I am a...
Please provide a brief description of your activities to date.
How do your interests and experience relate to design and education?
Have you taken part in an Istanbul Design Biennial before?
Linkedin / resume link
Website/ portfolio link
#3 Getting down to school
Right, this is it... Tell us about your radical learning proposition.
School name
Please provide a one-sentence summary of the school.
Now tell us a bit more. Give us the 200 word elevator pitch.
What is the expected output of the school?
How will the process be documented?
The school relates to...
The school is...
Desired venue
Has the venue been confirmed?
Number of participants
Are there existing participants or is it open to participants?
Upload a PDF document that outlines the full scope of the school, including initial research, pedagogical intentions, project plan, and expected output. Links to videos can be included in the pdf.
Are you happy with your school?
How do you think it can still be improved?
What do you need to realise the proposal?
#4 General
Last few questions...
How good is your Internet access?
Rate your English language skills
What other languages do you speak?
Keep in touch
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