Het Nieuwe Instituut has been appointed Artistic Director of the fourth edition of the London Design Biennale, which takes place from 1 to 25 June 2023 at Somerset House. Led by its General and Artistic Director, Aric Chen, Het Nieuwe Instituut aims to experiment with the biennale’s format of national and territorial pavilions through the theme The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations.
London Design Biennale
London Design Biennale is an international exhibition and thought leadership programme featuring world leading design innovation and creativity from countries across the globe. The event reveals the potential of design to respond radically to changing social and environmental needs, its contribution to the world economy and its power to drive change and find solutions for the benefit of all. Launched in 2016, with successful editions in 2018 and 2021, the exhibition asks participants to present compelling ideas from a diversity of viewpoints and across a broad range of design disciplines.
2023 Theme and Het Nieuwe Instituut as Artistic Director
London Design Biennale 2023 invites participants around the world to respond to the theme, The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations, set by Artistic Director Het Nieuwe Instituut. The theme asks countries and territories to imagine and enact new forms of international cooperation and participation, including with each other, through the medium of design. The Global Game, a web-based collaboration game developed by Play The City, is designed for the biennale’s participants and curators, as well as design enthusiasts worldwide, and will launch in autumn 2022. It allows participants to “explore potentialities for new forms of collaboration that can result in real-world collaborations,” which will manifest at the 2023 biennale.
Playing The Global Game is like using a dating app, but one that offers a way for the biennale’s participants to find each other by creating their own profiles, searching for others based on mutual interests and developing collaborations (with the support, if requested, of Het Nieuwe Instituut). The game will enable a process for national and territorial pavilions, their curators, designers, and supporters to learn, think, create and act together on London Design Biennale’s international stage. As they meet and form new collaborations, the game will influence the way participants approach and conceptualise their pavilions and how ideas and inspiration are exchanged between design teams and visitors and through the Biennale’s public programme.
Open Call Dutch pavilion
Het Nieuwe Instituut launched an open call for (individual) curators and collectives to send a proposal for the Dutch presentation at the London Design Biennale 2023: The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations.Together with the Dutch Embassy of the United Kingdom, which is supporting the Dutch contribution to this biennale edition, Het Nieuwe Instituut invited curators and collectives to send a proposal that represents the Dutch design field and builds on its strengths in international collaboration. Spatial designer, writer and editor Colin Keays has been selected as the curator for the Dutch pavilion with his proposal ‘Disorientation pavilion’. Read more about Keays and his proposal here.