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London Design Biennale


Nieuwe Instituut is acting as both overall artistic director and commissioner of the Dutch pavilion at the fourth edition of the London Design Biennale, which takes place from 1 to 25 June 2023 in monumental Somerset House.

31 May 2023 - 24 June 2023

Under the biennale’s theme of The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations, the institute wants to encourage all the participating pavilions to engage in international collaborations that go beyond the usual biennale format, facilitated by the use of a specially developed, web-based game. Nieuwe Instituut, together with the Embassy of the Netherlands in London, is also commissioning the Dutch pavilion, for which spatial designer and editor Colin Keays has been appointed as curator. In Out of Joint, the pavilion’s theme, he responds to the sense of disorientation triggered by the many global crises of our time through the lens of the biennale’s theme of transnational interaction.

Out of Joint – Dutch pavilion

Spatial designer, editor and curator Colin Keays focuses on disorientation in his biennial contribution – the feeling of the ground shifting under our feet, or not knowing exactly where we are in a space.

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A collage of design sketches, laid over a photo of an empty room with white walls and multiple doorways.

The Global Game

In addition to commissioning the Dutch pavilion, the Nieuwe Instituut is also the artistic director of the 2023 edition of the London Design Biennale. The institute is experimenting with an alternative approach to the usual biennial format. The theme, The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations, asks countries and regions to shape and visualise new forms of international cooperation and participation in joint activities and manifestations.

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Screenshot from The Global Game. It shows a white background with an outline of a map, where different countries and regions are labelled.

Remapping Collaborations Working Group

During the London Design Biennale, the Nieuwe Instituut, in collaboration with Creative Industries Fund NL, is bringing together an (inter)national working group to research issues arising from this edition’s theme, The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations, and to develop tools and propose new ways of working for future international events.

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Studio Makkink & Bey, Design Diorama. The Archive as a Utopic Environment. London Design Biennale, 2016. Photo Thijs Wolzak.
An image from the outside of Somerset House, where the London Design Biennale is taking place.

London Design Biennale. Photo: Taran Wilkhu

About the London Design Biennale

The internationally oriented exhibition and expertise programme of the London Design Biennale brings together leading, innovative and creative design from around the world. The event reveals the enormous potential of design: how designers are able to respond to changing social and environmental needs with radical inventions; the contribution of design to the global economy and its ability to drive change and find solutions in the public interest. Participants in the exhibition have been invited to present compelling ideas from their different perspectives and most diverse design disciplines since its inception in 2016 and the successful 2018 and '21 editions.