Startup the Future, Gwangju Design Biennale 2017

Start-ups challenging tomorrow. As the environment changes, the concept of work is also changing. Previously, a big company used to make and sell things, but now, individuals begin to make creative goods and services. Startup the Future is an exhibition that shows the vision for the founder and the direction for small design company. Now 3D printing and startup is getting more attention not only from the business side but also from the cultural side. In this exhibition, this phenomenon is introduced including start-up founding cases, developed products and creative works of designers.

Improving our future through design, 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.


Gwangju Gazebo
by Michael Hansmeyer
The “Gwangju Gazebo” demonstrates how innovations in both fabrication tech-nologies and design tools can make new architectural worlds tangible.

9 to 6 by EMART 24
by Hong Seung-hye
convenience store dark shadow of capitalism, which has marked its place as an inevitable part of our lives. it shows somewhat playful&optimistic installations which fuse the languages of art&design.

The project includes main issues: Create useful products specific to a site from the waste generated there; The legitimacy of creating new objects by keeping the enjoyment of making without the guilt.

by Ariane Prin
The RUST range is created by mixing metal particles originating from key cutting and other metalworking workshops across London, with gypsum and acrylic.

Playhouse is an interactive education program which allows children to produce creative works and materialize them using a 3D printer.

Magpie house project.
by Sungkyunkwan University
Magpie house project,the ecology-inspired project,is an objet that tries to interpret robustness and comfort of a magpie’s nest in the nature from the integrated perspective of design and engineering.

3D Printing Lab
by FAB365
Unlike existing products,the showcased items do not need any support and assembly, or they do not know the limitation of size, because they are printed via various types of 3D printers.

Holster hack
by Dov Ganchrow
the Holster Hack design project was designed under the backdrop of the politically/ideologically driven violent reality on Israeli city streets

Man Made
by Dov Ganchrow
Man Made is a series of hand-axes which combine rocks sourced from the Negev Desert in southern Israel and plastic handles created with 3D printing.

3D Printed Light (2017)
by Kim Kihyun
3D Printied Light is deigned based on the study of efficient modeling of 3D printing technology (fused deposition modeling, FDM) for mass production and approaches to graphic design of 3D structure.

by Vincent Guimn
In the age where people can meet and make friends transcending time and space thanks to the Internet and social media, the artist chose the theme of “conditional meeting.”

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.