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BIO27 Satellite Programme

27 May - 2 Oct 2022

Cukrarna Palace, Ambrožev trg 3, Ljubljana

Exhibition opening: 27 May 2022, at 18:00

Opening hours: From tuesday to sunday, 10:00 to 18:00

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Super Vernaculars, the theme for BIO27, explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design and architecture to shape a radical vision for a more responsive and resilient future. Alongside the main exhibition at The Museum of Architecture and Design and other commissions within the city centre, we are showcasing three different international design shows as part of the Satellite programme which intends to further explore and juxtapose alternative narratives and mythologies to the industrial and technocentric.


Aiming to bring together practitioners and thinkers who challenge value systems and our conventional understanding of linear production and the relationship we have with the perishable present and the unknown future, we have selected projects from Austria, Germany and Poland that range from established to emerging artists, designers and design collectives that all make connections across larger cultural and societal conversations.


Each project invites visitors to explore important topics such as the food industry and rethinking our eating habits, reconsidering material production, and a poetic and scientific investigation of the dialogue between humans and the natural world. Focusing on the values in society today and acknowledging the need for change, these exhibits are inspirational starting points that pave the way towards a sustainable revolution:

  • DNA of Things (Marcin Rusak)
  • The Ideal Eating Experience (Kathrina Dankl in collaboration with Vienna Design Week, Vienna Business Agency and Austrian Culture Forum)
  • The School of the Untold (Design Campus in collaborations with German Design Graduates and Goethe Institut)

DNA of Things

DNA of Things marks a decisive step forward in the field of scientific research applied to Marcin Rusak’s creative method, linking it back to one of Rusak’s very first investigations. In the Flower Monster project (2013–2014), the possible implications of genetic mutation applied to natural evolution were studied. Such a contrast marks a new dialogue between man and the natural world – one that can annul the limits imposed on our materiality by the factor of time. In this exhibition, the stages of Rusak’s ongoing research are presented as a Living Archive, a review of techniques and experiments crystallising deterioration, celebrating transformation, and reducing entire processes down to a smell or a material. The Unnatural Practice manifesto has ignited the studio’s collective conscience, leading to a more pronounced dialogue between science and technology, human and non-human.

The Ideal Eating Experience

Everyone needs to eat. But how? In the Urban Food & Design project, Vienna Design Week, together with the Vienna Business Agency, demonstrates which roles design can play in the production, distribution, and consumption of food. The project curated by design researcher Kathrina Dankl invites us to playfully explore local and international positions on the subject in the familiar setting of a shopping situation, to try something new – and to possibly even alter a few of our habits. This “supermarket of ideas” has now travelled from Vienna to Ljubljana in collaboration with Austrian Culture Forum and, in keeping with the theme of Super Vernaculars, employs a scoring system that offers information on the ecological impact of our eating habits and the food industry. Appropriate solutions are served up on the side!


Today, designers, architects and artists can be critical agents in the transformation of global systems. As the earth's resources are being depleted, we are facing an urgent need to revisit our knowledge and education of material production. This year the Design Campus Summer School in Dresden, Germany (18 July – 26 August 2022), will be radically rooted in an expansive understanding of the realities that shape today’s world. The three projects on display are awardees at The School of the Untold, coproduced by the Goethe Institute Ljubljana in collaboration with German Design Graduates, a network of design schools and alumni hosted by the German Design Council. The graduates were selected because of their affinity for materials and the utopic potential of their final projects and will also receive scholarship for the Design Campus in Dresden.