Under the theme ‘Emotional States’ the most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators, architects, and creatives types come together at London Design Biennale at Somerset House between 4 and 23 September 2018 to celebrate the power of design. The second edition of the London Design Biennale sees more than forty countries and territories present installations and art pieces that provoke conversations, invite individual interpretations, and create an immersive and engaging experience. The theme followed the idea of the 2017 Gallup report on Global Emotions. It begged for deeper connections from various design disciplines. Dr. Christopher Turner, artistic director of the London Design Biennale and now Head of Design, Architecture and Digital Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum explains the Biennale theme as an extension of the report and a good way to ‘feel the global pulse’, considering the relationship between design, strong emotional responses, and real social needs. Seeing design through architecture and design creations, installations, and exhibits give visitors a chance to learn more about how design affects lives, how it can be a catalyst for social change, and further economic growth. The London Design Biennale is a platform for creativity that uses the language of design to attract talents, ideas, and thoughts. The exhibits were curated by renown museums such as V&A, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian, Triennale (Milan), and the Qatar Museums. In collaboration with the founder Sir John Sorrell, Ben Evans and Christopher Turner, who are all personally active in the success of the event, the jury and international advisory committee has put together a stunning laboratory of ideas and a vibrant exhibition. Somerset House, an 18th-century historic building that was always a place for discussion and debate, is the perfect location for this global event that should serve to ‘create positive conditions for human flourishing’ according to Turner. While the Gallup Global Emotions report concluded that Paraguay is the country with the highest positive emotional experiences (out of 142 countries), the eclectic jury at the London Design Biennale is still out which country and installation will dominate the international design conversation. The projects address major challenges of the world, including sustainability, social equality and interpret these through the use of among others artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, performance, and other visions of the future. This September’s cultural and artistic destination is certainly at Somerset House – at least until the London Design Festival opens on 15 September 2018. Read more about the attractive and active London Design scene: KEC London event, London Art Fair, FX Awards London.
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