London Design Biennale has announced its inaugural Summit, taking place from 25-26 June 2019. The Summit focuses on Resonance, the theme for London Design Biennale 2020, the third edition of the exhibition.
The Summit will address the impact of design: its power to cross borders, bridge cultures, and alter behaviours and societies. It will look at how this can improve a variety of major global issues, including climate change (our resonance with the planet); and international relations (how countries resonate with each other).
Es Devlin will headline a day of discussion on Day One (25 June) with a panel of thinkers from design, government and the diplomatic community. Taking place at Google HQ in King’s Cross, hosted by Google Arts & Culture, speakers and panellists include:
Es Devlin, Artistic Director, London Design Biennale
Francesco Bandarin, Former Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO
Pip Jamieson, Founder, The Dots
Priya Khanchandani, ICON Magazine
Jay Osgerby, Founder, Barber & Osgerby
Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Greater London Authority
The Future Laboratories
Dr. Christopher Turner, Keeper of Design, Architecture and Digital, Victoria & Albert Museum
Greg Williams, Editor, Wired Magazine UK
Further speakers will be announced soon.
Es Devlin explains, “As designers, thinkers, artists and makers operating in a global, digital era, we have the power to influence and amaze our audiences into profound shifts of perspective. Our aim is for this Summit to be a collaborative response to the urgency surrounding this inimitable moment in time."
Day Two will take place at Somerset House, London Design Biennale’s home. A series of surgery sessions, workshops and guided tours will build on the previous day’s discussions, allowing designers and embassies to develop ideas for participation at London Design Biennale 2020.
Will Sorrell, Managing Director, London Design Biennale said: "The Summit will gather together some of the best international thinking, with a mix of design thinkers, policy makers, and experts in international relations. This is a unique blend of speakers, and we look forward to furthering the coversation around the positive impact of design in the global challaenges that we face."
A limited release of tickets are available from £295. Tickets include access to all Day One events, including the forum at Google, and evening receptions. Places in the surgeries on Day Two are available on request to ticket holders. Book here: bit.ly/LDB19Summit