The 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale wanted to explore and widen the definition of what design can be. A concept developed by renowned artist and architect Ai Weiwei. I was part, first through my school as a student and then as an employee, of a small research and design team addressing these issues. First in Beijing in collaboration with Ai Weiwei’s Fake Design studio, then in Oslo and at the end in Gwangju, South Korea, finalizing it.
Trough months of mapping and research, we came up with a selection of unconventional work of what we called unnamed design, which would be compared to another section in the biennale called named
design, that represented the conventional and the widely accepted use of the term ‘design’. The unnamed design could be everything from a computer virus for sabotaging the Iranian nuclear program, to manuals showing nonviolent protest tactics, handed out during the Egyptian uprising on Tahrir Sq in Cairo in february of 2011
This shows a small selection of the work out of over 60 exhibits, so it mainly focused of the exhibits I was deeply involved in.

The unnamed section of the Gwangju Biennale was voted by the NY Times as one of the best contemporary design shows of 2011.

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