An emblematic experimentadesign project, the EXD Biennale, which first occurred in 1999, was dedicated to design, architecture and contemporary creativity.
The EXD Biennale catapulted Lisbon and Portugal into the circuit of great international cultural events, standing as a global platform that was dynamic and bold, promoting contemporary culture through debate, reflection and the sharing of knowledge.
EXD organized and presented original projects, concepts and ideas through different formats: conferences, projections, exhibitions, urban interventions, workshops and debates.
The main vector of the Biennale was design in its broadest sense, encompassing not only the multiple strands of product creation but also design as an operative discipline and work methodology. The second vector was architecture in its multiple forms and levels. Assuming project culture as a central axis of an integrating perspective, the Biennale presented contents in the areas of industrial design, architecture, communication design, film, set design, photography, multimedia, sound design, light design, video and the visual arts.
EXD fostered interchanges, intersections and stimuli within the creative and academic community, having operated a network of national and international collaborations and co-productions with cultural agents and institutions, teaching establishments, companies and theorists.
The Biennale acted as a pillar for the diffusion of emerging talent and vanguard creative practices, and was in permanent transformation and growth, flexible, and receptive to new contributions and challenges. Every two years, it activated a multifaceted dynamic that spread throughout the urban territory of the city where it took place, programming less known edified spaces, involving speakers from different areas and stimulating the rediscovery of the city through strategized visitation routes connected to the organized events.
Promoting ideas and individuals, the programme of the Biennale held the objective of transmitting contents and incentive to specialized audiences and the general public alike, disseminating information and stimulating critical debate. Committed to the democratization of knowledge, the dissemination of information and the updating of competencies, EXD defended the role of culture as a transversal vector of development.
After 18 years and 9 editions, one of them in Amsterdam (2008) and the last one including Lisbon, Porto and Matosinhos, 2017 will be the final year of this event.
During its 9 editions, the EXD Biennale received a total of 1.135.107 visitors, averaging 116.123 per edition. It invited 1.833 national and international participants, from 48 countries, producing completely original projects.
To celebrate the end of the Biennale – as well as all those who participated in its programme, those who worked to make it possible, and its audience – Experimenta produces EXD’17, its last edition, with a special format on the 30th of September 2017.
BEFORE & BEYOND
Exploring the theme BEFORE & BEYOND, the EXD'17 was the last edition of the Biennale. It approached the themes from the previous editions, engraining them into memory while also directing them towards new areas of thought, both in the present and the future. In this year it presented a special format, focussing on the Lisbon Conferences. They were accompanied by the launch of the book experimentadesign 1999-2017, the audio-visual presentation Inside and the exhibition Drawing in Stone, which encompassed the work of 24 international participant.
AS FAR AS THE MIND CAN SEE
12.11.2015 — 20.12.2015
Lisbon, Porto, Matosinhos
In 2015, the theme of the 8th edition of the design, architecture and contemporary creativity Biennale was As Far As The Mind Can See, inviting to reflect about the relation between the mind, the individual and creativity. The all program was divided between the cities of Lisbon, Porto and Matosinhos, bringing together international authors, leading in their fields, and gathering a work set which address the various dimensions of the theme, from the perspective of contemporary culture. This year it were presented 45 events that gathered the work of 268 participants of 21 countries.
07.11.2013 — 22.12.2013
The seventh edition of the design, architecture and contemporary creativity Biennale. In 2013 the theme No Borders launched the discussion about expanding frontiers and overcoming obstacles. The city of Lisbon hosted 70 events and the work of 92 participants from 25 countries, in 40 programmed spaces.
28.09.2011 — 27.11.2011
The sixth edition of the design, architecture and contemporary creativity Biennale.
Taking place in Lisbon since 1999, the Biennale involves an international network of agents from a variety of sectors, promoting design, innovation and project culture as vectors of sustainable development on all levels. With the theme Useless, EXD'11/LISBOA brought together 164 participants from 18 countries, articulating a programme of 132 events, of which 25 were nuclear, 60 lateral and 47 educational.
IT'S ABOUT TIME
09.09.2009 — 08.11.2009
The fifth edition of the design, architecture and contemporary creativity Biennale. The 2009 edition launched an exploration of the multiple impacts of time on design, architecture and contemporary creative practices, looking at how these can in their turn contribute to the formation of new definitions of urgency, velocity and deceleration. EXD'09/LISBOA presented 127 events which involved 287 creative professionals from 28 countries.
Space and place
18.09.2008 — 02.11.2008
2008 marked a new stage for the Biennale with its internationalization. For the first time ever the Biennale took place in another European capital, Amsterdam, having been invited by the City Council in collaboration with DroogDesign.
With the theme Space and Place, the Biennale incorporated 33 events with a total of 65 participants establishing a truly unique dialogue with the Dutch capital, similar to what continuously happens in Lisbon.
In a reflection on public space, identity, belonging and sharing within collective urban everyday living, Droog Event 2: Urban Play represented the base of EXD'08/AMSTERDAM's program. Eighteen urban interventions by renowned creators formed a route along the riverbank, creating playful experiences and interactions between the people and the city.
Peter Zumthor: Edifícios e Projectos 1986-2007
06.09.2008 — 02.11.2008
LX Factory + Aula Magna
Warm-Up marked the official launch of the 2009 Biennale. Through an exceptionally high quality program and media hype, it was designed to launch the EXD'09 theme the year before it's opening, with the objective of involving the highest number of people within its spectrum.
Peter Zumthor: Buildings And Projects 1986-2007
Apart from examining Zumthor's remarkable body of work, the exhibition echoes and introduces the theme for the 2009 Biennale – "It's About Time" - in an incisive, multidimensional manner, in sync with the prevailing trends and lines of discussions in culture today. The exhibition was developed through a profound collaboration with the architect himself and the Kunsthaus Bregenz over a period of two years, having only been exhibited in Bregenz and Lisbon.
Peter Zumthor's lecture underscored the presentation of his first major exhibition in Lisbon with a sold-out conference at the Aula-Magna, speaking to an audience composed of 1652 people.
The Medium is the Matter
15.09.2005 — 30.10.2005
The 4th edition of the Biennale focused on the communicational objects, the medium, and matters of transmission that are perceptible within the gap between those who create and those who receive. The program also focused on the importance of the message as well as of the actual process of interaction as generators of contents and meaning. This edition integrated 18 events with 226 participants, welcoming 101,234 visitros. Among the most emblematic events of EXD'05 was Stefan Sagmeisters urban intervention which was also part of his ongoing project: "Things I have learned in my life so far." which has been presented around the world.
17.09.2003 — 02.11.2003
Dedicated to the theme "Beyond Consumption", the program for EXD'03 Lisboa reflected on pressing issues of the current material and cultural production: What ideas and creations reflect the aspirations and needs of consumers? Do we really understand the experiences that construct consumption and the use of design, of cinema, of music, of food or of architecture? Do we eflect on the possibilities and problems that these experiences bring? How can we explore the idea of consumption? To what extent do designers and creative minds integrate these questions into their practices? And what bout users? What conscience do they have of these issues?
The third edition of the Biennale listed 376 participants in 27 events (17 nuclear and 10 tangential).
16.09.2001 — 31.10.2001
The second edition of the Biennale reflected on the specific methods and processes of project production, on the influence of new technologies and the emergence of new territories of intersection between disciplines, while critically analyzing historic or established forms of modus operandi.
One hundred and eighty creators, theorists and opinion makers participated in 26 events (20 nuclear and 6 tangential). A special mention for the EXD Magazine, a television program created by EXD'01, that was broadcast weekly on RTP2 during the Bienal, and that reached 790.000 viewers.
Intersections of and in Design
12.09.1999 — 16.10.1999
The first edition of the EXD Biennale brought together 150 national and international participants in a total of 14 events. Launching the foundation of what would become its design and model of execution, the program of EXD'99 presented exhibitions, conferences, workshops, cinema and a mixed media event scattered around Lisbon. The EXD Biennale thus created a new platform of critical reflection on design and project disciplines in Lisbon, galvanizing Portuguese students and professionals, as well as international theorists and creators.