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The 4th Gwangju Design Biennale

  • Theme

    Dogadobisangdo (Design is design is not design)

    Artistic Director

    H sang Seung (CEO of IROJE Architects & Planners Ai Weiwei, CEO of Fake Design in China)

    The theme of the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011, “Dogadobisangdo” inspired by the first lines of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching – “The way that is the way is not always the way “- implies “design is design is not design” by replacing 道 (way) with 圖 (design), also meaning everything with certain names is likely to change. In other words, design is not aimed at creating something good but building a living foundation.This theme was chosen because designs in the 21st century have shifted the attention from objects to spaces and people.

  • Poster
Event Overview

Period : Sep. 2 – Oct. 23, 2011 (52 days)
Venue : Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, etc.

Main Programs

- Main Exhibition : Dogadobisangdo
- Special Exhibition : Named Design, Unnamed Design, Community, Gwangju Folly, Biennale City
- Academic Events : Academy
- Events : Festival, performances

Thematic Exhibition

Dogadobisangdo : The exhibition of Dogadobisangdo, the theme of the fourth Gwangju Design Biennale, serves as a venue to variously interpret, analyze and execute the notion, “Design is design is not design.”This abundant, vague excerpt from Lao Tzu’s Tao Tao Te Ching has inspired numerous Asian poets and artists for generations.
“Dogadobisangdo” is playing its pivotal role in studying how designs are affected or affect in terms of various media’s production, distribution and consumption that range from production of musical instruments as time-honored media, along with video and books that we are familiar with and that have strong bases, to recently emerging social network service and augmented reality (AR).

Special Exhibition

- Named Design, Unnamed Design, Community, Gwangju Folly

Event Scale
2019 광주디자인비엔날레 자문단
Participating Countries Corporations Designers Number of artwork Visitors
44 Countries 86 Corporations 146 persons 159 units 256,802 persons