International Design Biennial 2010

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International Design Biennial Saint-Etienne

Biennial 2010

20th November to 5th December

The Biennial of 2010 is built around the theme of teleportation. Around an extreme vision of our society, an ideal space (or not) to be attained to solve the different problems that face us today, be they related to pressing ecological issues, transport constraints or the continual lack of time which puts our daily life under such pressure. Or again the difficulties stemming from new modes of communication, which produce today a form of ubiquity: we work from home, we send information or documents to the office, everything is fine; but when something goes wrong it is not surprising that we want to be teleported. Teleportation seems to be a desirable dream, the pursuit of which, however, with all that is involved in terms of the acceleration of time and the de-materialization of movement, can also be double-edged: loss of roots, loss of bearings and identity...

The themes developed around this subject refer to ubiquity, mobility, the global shrinking in relation to the acceleration of transport, the possible conquest of new space, under the sea or in the air; new planets, the overtaking of reality by a virtual reality, the instant "T", the disruption of notions of time and space, or, on the contrary, the idea of perpetuity, being rooted to the ground, and by extension to the notion of comfort, for, as Virilio said, "to be, is in situ, and here and now, hic and nunc; whereas this is disrupted by cyberspace and by instantaneous globalized information"
If physical teleportation is not yet real, communication techniques enable us, in any case, to be mentally teleported towards any part of the planet, and digital techniques allow us the possibility of evolving in a parallel world, without limits, but fashioned by ourselves.

The Biennial proposes to open up paths of discovery which will, in its extreme vision, tend towards this possible teleportation, this de-materialization of movement which appears as an idea so incredibly revealing of our time.

Constance Rubini
General curator




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Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2008
Biennale International Design Saint-Etienne

Biennial 2008

15th to 30th November

For the second time, the Biennial -organized by the Cité du design, a new public institution created in 2005 by the City of Saint-Etienne and Saint-Etienne Metropole - invited curators to expose their personal vision of design. The principal aims of this sixth edition were to open up new fields of application, explore new modes of practicing design, and to be an actor of innovation. To achieve this, to escape from the superficiality of things, the Biennial experimented, took risks, and sometimes surprised.
The Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial resolutely asserted itself as a prolific event, inspired by the success of the first editions produced by the Saint-Etienne School of Fine Arts. It celebrated its ten years of existence from the 15th to the 30th November 2008.
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International Design Biennial Saint-Etienne

Biennial 2006

22nd November to 3rd December

The Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial 2006 invited professionals and the general public to an opening out on the world. Many sites in the city and the region held exhibitions which became highlights of thematic circuits linked to their own centres of interest.
The proposition is an approach to design based on a diversity of points of view: non-exhaustive, strong standpoints, this Biennial talks above all about innovation, and attempts to provide multiple and complementary illustrations....technical, technological, scientific, cultural or social innovations. For the visitor, the enthusiast, the initiated, or just the curious, it represents a different way to become interested in design; a demonstration of the interaction of design with several other fields, such as research, science, art, sociology, philosophy...or even cuisine. Here are all kinds of different approach which link the professions and points of view, providing, in the end, the opportunity to conceive a new outlook on our daily lives, here and elsewhere, today and tomorrow.
This Biennial built on the success of the four previous editions, run by the Saint-Etienne School of Fine Arts, under the impetus of Jacques Bonnaval, its director in 1998. The Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial 2006 was designed and organized for the first time by the Cité du design team, under the direction of Elsa Francès, general curator of the Biennial. The 2006 Biennial team put together this programme of exhibitions by bringing together invited exhibition curators, both French and from abroad, the curators of the Cité du design team, French and foreign designers and creators, numerous regional, national, and international firms and students from the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design, and from some fifty other schools from around the world.
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Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2004
International Design Biennial Saint-Etienne

Biennial 2004

General Manager
Jacques Bonnaval
Director of the Saint-Etienne Regional School of Fine Arts

General exhibition curator
Vincent Lemarchands
Director of the design department of the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2002
International Design Biennial Saint-Etienne

Biennial 2002

General Manager
Jacques Bonnaval
Director of the Saint-Etienne Regional School of Fine Arts

General curator
Céline Savoye
designer

For its third edition the The Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial sought to draw parallels between design over the ages and the state of contemporary design. "Domestic arts 1920-1970", "Pedal cars and their big sisters", "What was it like 50 years ago", Fashion design from the 80's to the present day". Another major exhibition, "From Military to Civil design" demonstrated the influence of military research on our daily lives. The international exhibition brought together propositions from designers of 70 countries.
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International Design Biennial Saint-Etienne

Biennial 2000

General Manager
Jacques Bonnaval
Director of the Saint-Etienne Regional School of Fine Arts

General curator
Eric Jourdan
Designer and professor at the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design.

The International Design Biennial of 2000 questioned « inventive energy ». The principal exhibition "Civilization of the object" offered a perspective on the diversity of design in the world, bringing together independent designers, agencies, publishers, enterprises, schools, design institutes, reviews...from 100 different countries.
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International Design Biennial Saint-Etienne

Biennial 1998

General Manager
Jacques Bonnaval
Director of the Saint-Etienne Regional School of Fine Arts

General exhibition curator
Vincent Lemarchands
Director of the design department of the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design

The first edition proposed a panorama of contemporary design (50 countries represented), and demonstrated the design approach by revealing to the public the ideas and processes of design which constitute the hidden reality of an object. The 1998 International Biennial also set out the issues confronting design in an economic world where for many globalization means banality.