12 exhibitions in the botanical garden in Zurich

The Old Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich. (Photo: Luca Zannier)

This year’s event takes place in Zurich from mid-August to early September Biennale Design instead of. It is the third edition of the event. The motto for 2021 is “On the way to confrontation.” Under the short title “Clash,” the most diverse values, traditions, and expectations must come together. It comes down to questions like: Are analog and digital in contradiction? How do reality and expectation meet? When does natural become artificial?

A total of twelve installations are shown. The topics are varied, but they are all completely new. It’s about recycling, computational design, digital animal worlds, data protection or virtual reality. The Design Biennale in Zurich was organized by Gabriela Chicherio and Andreas Saxer.

Gabriella Chicherio and Andreas Saxer, co-curators and initiators of the Zurich Design Biennale.  (Photo: Lucas Beller)

Gabriella Chicherio and Andreas Saxer, co-curators and initiators of the Zurich Design Biennale. (Photo: Lucas Beller)

Three Highlights of the Design Biennale

1. With geometric elements made of ice and textile dyes on the fabric, fashion designer Raphael Cotto symbolizes the melting of glaciers as a result of global warming. Crocodile Tears is a live exhibition, the composition is constantly changing. At the opening ceremony, the designer invited visitors to bring their second-hand clothes to be dyed as part of his installation.

2. In Thank You for Your Data, Nadja Häfliger and Basil Huwyler experimentally challenge viewers to think about the information that is generated through the use of digital spaces and what happens with that information.

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3. The statue by design duo Ortreport is striking. The 3D Infinity Loop opens up different perspectives of the sculpture and the park. Infinity goal? A built invitation to think and act in cycles.

In addition to: Various support program

The twelve exhibitions are accompanied by a diverse support program consisting of talks and workshops for designers. There is also a daily guided tour of the gallery. The meeting point is always at the Infinity Project, starting at 5 PM on weekdays and 11 AM on weekends.

In a glance

when?

From August 12 to September 5, 2021

where?

Old Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich, Pelikanstrasse 40, 8001 Zurich

Frank Mccarthy

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