- 27th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2016
Vít Havránek (1971) is a curator and art organiser based in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2002 he has been working as a director of the initiative for contemporary art tranzit (tranzit.org). He curated and co-curated exhibitions amongst which are: Ján Mančuška First Retrospective, City Gallery Prague, Muzeum Sztuki Łódź, Moravian Gallery in Brno; Report on the Construction of a Spaceship, New Museum HUB, New York; Adaptation, Steirischer Herbst; Encyclopedia of Failure, Jakarta Biennale 2013; Manifesta 8, Spain; Monument to Transformation, Centro Monthermoso; City Gallery Prague; tranzit workshops, Bratislava; tranzit – Auditorium, Stage, Backstage, Frankfurter Kunstverein; I, Secession Wien; Jiří Kovanda, Brno; Otto Piene, City Gallery Prague; action, word, movement, space, City Gallery Prague, and others. Edited and co-edited books and catalogues Eva Koťátková, Pictorial Atlas of a Girl…, H.U. Obrist Czech Files; Atlas to Transformation; Autobiographies; The Need to Document, Lanterna Magika; action, word, movement, space, and has written for contemporary books, catalogues (Green Room, Sterneberg Press, Promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Voids: A Retrospective, JRP Ringier), art magazines (Umělec, Springerin, Flash Art, Manifesta Journal, trouble and others). He lectured at the AAAD Prague, North Carolina University Prague Institute and had guest lectures and talks at various occasions (MIT Boston, Amsterdam University, Documenta 12, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, and others).
The Biennial will commence on 17 June 2016 with three days of lectures and presentations by world-renowned designers and design theoreticians.
This symposium will provide an opportunity to become acquainted with some of the leading figures in international graphic design, their work, and their opinions. There will also be space for personal discussion and critical debate. The official languages are Czech and English.
Moderated by Oliver Klimpel Oliver Klimpel is a designer, currently based in Berlin after living and working in London for more than 15 years. He has worked on numerous publishing and identity projects in the UK and abroad, combining design projects and research on visual culture and art. He frequently writes, and lectures internationally. From 2008 to 2015 he had been professor at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB) comprehensively re-positioning the System – Design class. Most recently, he was invited by the Taipei Contemporary Art Center to develop a design research project, which seeks to explore and define the idea of a more active and critical identity for arts and cultural institutions. In May he is to undertake a project on narrative structures in Tokyo.
The program is subject to change.