24th Biennial of Design
Ljubljana, Slovenia
18. 9.—7. 12. 2014
3, 2, 1 ... Test
29 August 2014 — #Feature

BIO 50 Opening Day

On Thursday, 18 September 2014, the results of an unprecedented collaborative effort will take the stage at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, as BIO 50 opens its doors to the public unveiling of the results of an ambitious six-month work process with eleven teams.

The presented results will be reviewed by the international jury - industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, design critic Alice Rawsthorn and designer and professor Saša J. Mächtig. The jury will grant an Award for Best Collaboration at the BIO 50 opening. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Biennial of Design, which seeks to redefine what a design event can be!


PRESS TALK at the Museum of Architecture and Design followed by GUIDED TOUR with curatorial team and jury at all three locations (only with accreditation to the form).

Alice Rawsthorn, design critic, author of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life
Justin McGuirk, writer, critic and curator, director of Strelka Press
Jan Boelen, Z33, BIO 50 curator

  • Alice Rawsthorn is an internationally renowned design commentator (International New York Times, The Guardian etc.), the author of the book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life and lecturer on design at important international events, including the World Economic Forum in Davos.
  • Justin McGuirk is a writer, author of the book Radical Cities, critic, curator and director of Strelka Press. He has been the design critic of The Guardian, the editor of Icon magazine and the design consultant to Domus. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban Think Tank.
  • Jan Boelen is the BIO 50 curator, ciritic and curator, founder and artistic director of Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium, head of the Master Department Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven; and chairman of the committee for Architecture and Design of the Flemish Community.

BIO 50: 3, 2, 1…TEST, Award Ceremony
Matevž Čelik, the Director of Museum of Architecture and Design
Janez Škrabec, the Chairman of the BIO Organising Committee
Lilijana Madjar, the Directress of the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region
Alice Rawsthron, BIO 50 jury member
Jan Boelen, Maja Vardjan, Cvetka Požar, BIO 50 curatorial team

DJ/VJ: Belo smetje and Felis Catus / Softskinson (dmnp), video: Mina Fina

BIO 50, exhibition preview (only with accreditation to the form)
Museum of Architecture and Design, Pot na Fužine 2, Ljubljana
Museum of Modern Art, Tomšičeva 14, Ljubljana
Jakopič Gallery, Slovenska 9, Ljubljana