Established in 2016 by Sir John Sorrell CBE and Ben Evans CBE, London Design Biennale promotes international collaboration and the global role of design with exhibitions and installations that demonstrate the ambition to create universal solutions to problems which concern us all.
The fourth edition of London Design Biennale will take place 1 - 25 June at Somerset House. Spain and Peru collaborate to demonstrate how historic design practices might offer alternative means of collaboration today, as symbolised through the ‘cajón’. This percussion instrument, part of the Afro-Peruvian tradition later brought to Spain, has become the ’traditional’ instrument of flamenco music. TThis project is led by the Círculo de Bellas Artes and has the support of Acción Cultural Española.
This edition’s Artistic Director is the Nieuwe Instituut, the Netherlands’ national museum and institute for architecture, design and digital culture, led by General and Artistic Director, Aric Chen. The theme of ‘The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations’ sees the Nieuwe Instituut experimenting with the Biennale’s format of national and territorial pavilions by asking participants not only to explore themes of collaboration, but to collaborate with each other with the help of an online game. ‘The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations‘ prompts and encourages participants to find new ways of partnering with each other.