Gwangju Design Biennale

The city of Gwangju is to be hosting a major international event, the Gwangju Design Biennale 2005, with the purpose of exploring the vibrant emerging culture and world of design at the dawn of the 21st Century.

The First Gwangju Design Biennale, following the Design Pre-Biennale hosted last year, is a global design festival based on the theme of "Light into Life" and seeks to delve, from various perspectives, into the values of Asian design and culture, and to probe numerous intriguing aspects of design and its possible effect on future human life.

Objectives Lighting a Beacon: Design for the Future
This event envisions delineating the value of design and the breadth and potential of Asian design, as well as actingas an epicenter for future world design development. The Biennale also hopes to foster Korea's unique design industry through setting new paradigms for life and designinthe 21st Century.

Title Gwangju Design Biennale 2005
Theme Light into Life
Director Soonjong Lee
Period October 18, 2005 (Tue) - November 3, 2005 (Thu): 17 Days
Venue Gwangju Exhibition Convention Center (GEXCO), Geumnamro, Cheomdan District in Gwangju, Korea
Contents Exhibitions (Main Exhibitions & Special Exhibitions), International Conferences, Seminars & Workshops, Various Events
Host The City of Gwangju
Organization Gwangju Biennale Foundation

Theme: Light into Life
Light: Gwangju, Beacon, Brightness, Lamplight, Hope and Truth
Life: Being, Existence, Spark

Main Exhibition
Main Exhibition 1 - Future Life
"Future Life" is an experimental design exhibition seeking to suggest possible future lives for humankind.

Invitation : Entry is open to designers, organizations, institutions and companies.
For a participation inquiry, contact to Design Exhibition Team (+82 62 608 4420 /
October 18, 2005 ~ November 3, 2005, GEXCO

Main Exhibition 2 - Asian Design: Hidden Treasure
"Asian Design: Hidden Treasure" will exhibit both traditional and modern designs that reflect the very different cultures of Asian nations.
October 18, 2005 - November 3, 2005, GEXCO

Special Exhibition
Special Exhibition 1 - Design in Korea: Industry, Culture, History
Special Exhibition 2 - Future City Gwangju: Prayer
Special Exhibition 3 - Design Out of Gwangju
Special Exhibition 4 - Designers' Hall of Fame
Special Exhibition 5 - New Wave in Design

International Conference
Conference 1: Life and Design in the Future
Conference 2: World Design Cities Summit Conference
Conference 3: Vision for a World Design City
Seminar : New Design Paradigms for the Future

* The above schedule is liable to change.
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