Gwangju design biennale 2011

Another of the legacies predating the formation of antipodes café is a 3×6 meter mural called ‘Faces.’ Initially showcased in Gwangju in 2011, the collage can be publicly exposed and evolve over time, gluing atop newer original printed ephemera featuring candidates from political campaigns.* The placement of the collected prints is determined subjectively after a brief analysis of the image itself in relation to Nolan’s chart of political ideology.** Political views of the candidates or implied parties do not influence the choices, and there is no consideration of the image in relation to its original context. The same candidate may appear several times and on locations unrelated to their political views or parties. It’s essential to note that antipodes café does not endorse the aforementioned chart or any specific candidates.▪

* Political ephemera from:
Argentina, Basque Country, Brazil, Canada, Dominica, Estonia, Finland, Ålland, France, India, Italy, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Malt, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Perú, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Saint Lucian, South Korea, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela.

** Nolan Chart of political ideology
A political diagram popularised by the American politician David Nolan [1943-2010]. He reasoned that virtually all political action can be divided into two general categories, economic and personal. He developed the chart to illustrate the claim that libertarianism represents both economic freedom and personal freedom, in contrast to left-wing “liberalism,” which, according to Nolan, advocates only “personal freedom”, and right-wing “conservatism,” which, according to Nolan, advocates only “economic freedom”.

“What is design? The world is changing and so is design. The shifting networks and nodes of the global world, the movement of wealth and production, the emergence of new media, and the changing values of local and global communities have refocused the issues, problems, and potential of design. Inspired by the first lines of the Do Duk Kyeong (Tao Te Ching, 道德經), ‘the way that is the way is not always the way,’ the 4th Gwangju DesignBiennale sought to (re)place and (re)name the fundamental issues of contemporary design.” GDB

  “Gwangju Design Biennale 2011   More info
Host The Mertopolitan City of Gwangju, Gwangju Biennale Foundation   South Korea
Art directors Ai Wei Wei, Seung H-Sang    
Curator “unnamed” section Brendan McGetrick    
Artwork Faces, Political campaign images    
Visitors 800.000 (source)    

Lene Haus ©2011 -thanks!-


Sylvia Battaglino, Andrés Ridao, Heidi Uusivirta, Marina Ridao, Alberto Nanclares, Miguel Fascioli, Mister, Josefa y Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, Marcelito Díaz, Lucía Fernández, Carla Hernández, Hugo Sánchez, Josué Vázquez, Pablo Rey, Manuel Neves, María del Mar Reyes, Melisa Dvorak, Uchena Ikunne, Rosario Sánchez, Fernando Fascioli, Synøve Flobak, Shabnan Hosseini, Ambassador of Uruguay in South Korea Ms. Alba Florio, Republic of Korea National Election Commision, Korean Democratic Labor Party, Korean Democratic Party, Kaapelitehdas Helsinki, PCF, Parti Socialiste Français, NPA (France), Estonian Reform Party, Estonian Social Democratic Party.


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Outlook Magazine #15 “Building perspectives: smart future”. Germany.