3, 2, 1 ... TEST
On 18 September 2014, the results of an unprecedented collaborative effort will take the stage at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as the Biennial of Design opens its doors to the public unveiling of the results of an ambitious six-month work process by more than 100 international participants from 20 counties under the guidance of interdisciplinary mentors and partners, engaging in the themes of Affordable Living, Knowing Food, Public Water Public Space, Walking the City, Hidden Crafts, The Fashion System, Hacking Households, Nanotourism, Engine Blocks, Observing Space and Designing Life.
In the year of its 50th anniversary, the main show will be accompanied by historical exhibition The Biennial of (Industrial) Design over Fifty Years, the first such review of the history of biennial, shedding light on the transformation and shifts in the discipline of design, our society, and ultimately everyday life.
A steady course of events will mark the opening of the Biennial, including the presentation of award, the opening of two major exhibitions and a rich network of events in the city. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Biennial of Design, which seeks to redefine what a design event can be!
18 September—7 December 2014
Closed: Mondays, 1 November
Adults - 6,00 €
School children, students, retired people - 3,00 €
Pre-school children, the disabled, the unemployed, attendants, journalists, MAO members, members of professional societies - free
Families (1-2 adults + children) - 8,00 €
Group by prior arrangement
Admission and guided tours for adults – 6,50 €
Admission and guided tours for schools, students and retired people – 3,50 €
Admission and workshops for school children and students – 3,50 €
Admission, guided tours and workshop for school children and students – 4,00 €
The ticket is valid for all three BIO 50 venues. Reduced ticket is valid with ID and a card.
During a period of six months, 120 international designers and multidisciplinary agents engaged in a large-scale collaborative effort to devise possible futures for design. Working on eleven themes that impact diverse aspects of everyday life, they were brought together by 3, 2, 1…TEST, the experimental framework that shaped BIO 50, the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana.
Different groups tackled the themes of Affordable Living, Knowing Food, Public Water Public Space, Walking the City, Hidden Crafts, The Fashion System, Hacking Households, Nanotourism, Engine Blocks, Observing Space and Designing Life, creating specific projects to be implemented during the Biennial and beyond.
Founded in 1964, BIO was the first design biennial in Europe. In 2014, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, it undertakes an ambitious transformation, from a traditional industrial design exhibition into a six-month collaborative process. BIO 50 strives to strengthen local and international design networks, searches for alternatives to implemented systems where design can play a role, and creates bases for resilient structures that can develop through time, beyond the duration of the event. In its experimental approach and ambitious goals, this edition of the Biennial becomes a case study for what design and design events can be in the contemporary world.
BIO 50 is shaped by the exhibition 3, 2, 1 TEST, which presents the process and projects developed by each of the groups. It is further enhanced by the retrospective exhibition The Biennial of (Industrial) Design over 50 Years, and complemented by BIO 50: NOW, a lively program of parallel events.