Design! The Future, part 1, Gwangju Design Biennale 2018

What will our lives look like in the future? Thoughts about the future conjure excitement and anxiety. But the future doesn’t just happen – we make it. So we must take control and create the future we want. This exhibit assets that design is a driving force to change the world. We’ll also take a look at the smart technologies that experts think could bring about the fourth industrial revolution.

An exploration of ways to improve the future through design. Discover designs that solve social issues, improve our homes, and promote health and sustainability using smart technology. An exhibition in collaboration with research institutes, universities and design groups. The exhibition presents projects suggesting how smart technologies can tackle future challenges. It consists of two parts – student projects and guest projects of professional designers.


Open Kite
by Oh Se-hun
Open Kite aims to show people how sharing-based design can have a positive impact on their lives. People can print the decorative kite with a 3D printer, and create the shape and size they want.

The Safe Water Book
This product uses filter paper to convert polluted water into drinking water. The filter paper can remove 99.99% of bacteria in water, and just one sheet can purify approximately 100 liters of polluted water.

Smog Free Project
by Daan Roosegaarde
The Smog Free Project provides a local solution for clean air in public spaces. Sharing a Smog Free Ring is the equivalent of donating 1,000 cubic meters of clean air to the city.

Jellyfish Barge
by Antonio Girardi, Cristiana Favretto, Pnat
The Jellyfish Barge is a floating agricultural greenhouse. It promotes urban agriculture using a system that generates clean water and energy using only solar energy.

Jellyfish Barge is a floating greenhouse for crop cultivation, able to purify water using solar energy. The world population is growing while arable land is decreasing. Jellyfish Barge is a new type of floating structure that can solve the problem of food security only with solar energy.

Real Prediction Machines
by James Auger, Jimmy Loizeau
Now that everything can be interpreted as data, the future is no longer unpredictable. Real Prediction Machines use big data and applies it to the home in order to enrich people’s daily lives.

Creation of Taste
by Iris van Bossum, Fleur Simons
Using a 3D food printer, this product provides specific nutrients needed by patients. There is also a community platform on which patients can share tasty and nutritious 3D food printer recipes.

Lumos Helmet
by Eu-wen, Ding, Jeff Haoran Chen, Bilal Raja
The Lumos Helmet makes bicycle riders clearly visible both at night and during the day. The LED light on the helmet lets drivers know the speed of the bicycle, and has indicators.

Smart Home Self Life Style
by Kim Eui-hoon, Jeong Wooramsol, Kim Hee-ju, Yoo Heonseok, Lee Haebin, Park Jusung, Jung Soen, Jin Hyojeong, Lee Nahyeon
The Self Healthcare System is made from real moss. The Green Wall can control the humidity of a space, purify the air, and generate white noise.

Happy Life
by Reyer Zwiggelaar, Bashar Al-Rjoub
Happy Life works with profiling technology to gather and identify continuously changing data. It analyzes the emotional state of a family member and shows the results.

Post/Biotics Toolkit
The Post/Biotics Toolkit is a set of tools that can be used to make antibiotics using materials collected directly from nature, freeing people from their reliance on pharmaceutical products.

Gwangju Design Biennale
The Gwangju Design Biennale, hosted by Gwangju City and organized by the Gwangju Design Center (GDC) Foundation, is held biennially at the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall within the Gwangju Jungoe Park and other downtown areas in odd-numbered years between September & October, with various exhibitions and events. Along with exhibitions containing the discourses as the Design Biennale’s values, the Gwangju Design Biennale, is attempting to present the future and expand aesthetic, practical and economic values as designs’ attributes.

Located in the South West of the Korean peninsula, Gwangju has been known for its historical tradition of art and culture. Gwangju Biennale has contributed to its budding progress and to the emergence of Korean art on the international stage. The Gwangju Biennale, as such, has been a driving force for the contemporary art of Korea and an agent linking the arts throughout the globe.

For the last twenty-three years, the Gwangju Biennale has emerged as a network for international cultural exchanges and a platform for the visual arts, while producing discourses on contemporary art. Embodying the general value of human civilization through the medium of the visual arts, the Gwangju Biennale will continue to disseminate messages of democracy, human rights, and peace throughout Asia and the world, as well as within local communities.

The Gwangju Biennale will always reflect the vigor of its establishment and endeavor to lead aesthetic discourses on experimental and cutting-edge arts, while providing opportunities for more communication with the public and exploring the spirit of our time. We pursue for constant change and innovation to always seek for something new in order to solve our concerns and uncertainties about the present and the future.