Monocle on Design

London Design Biennale

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8 June 2021

Episode 504

30 minutes


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The team touches down at the London Design Biennale at Somerset House. We speak to this year’s artistic director Es Devlin and the curators and designers behind the Ghanaian, French, Chilean and African Diaspora pavilions.

8 June 2021

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Global Goals Pavilion – ‘Forest of Change’

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Es Devlin, artistic director for this year’s London Design Biennale, takes us through the foliage set in the centre of this year’s event. The ‘Forest of Change’ pavilion highlights the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

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Chile – ‘Tectonic Resonance’

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Focusing on ancestral stone-built technologies, the interactive installation uses musical instruments consisting of rocks – or lithophones. We speak to co-curator Carola Ureta Marin.

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Ghana – ‘Amplify’

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The Ghanaian pavilion explores the engagement between Ghana, the UK and Denmark over 400 years. We meet the pavilion’s co-curators, Chrissa Amuah and Alice Asafu-Adjaye.

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Special Project ‘Metronome’

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We meet curator Anne-Laure Pingreoun to discuss the multisensory installation designed by Alter-Projects in partnership with award-winning Paris-based studio Servaire & Co. ‘Metronome’ makes use of the senses of smell and sound to elicit memories from visitors.

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Chapter 5

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The Pavilion of the African Diaspora – ‘The Sail’

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On the river terrace of Somerset House ‘The Sail’ is the first of a series of three architectural follies by US-Nigerian designer Ini Archibong.

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