Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2017:
an IN series of exhibitions in 10 stages on the Cité du design site

Shifting work paradigms
The mutations and shifting paradigms of work… This is the theme of the 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne, which will take place from 9 March to 9 April 2017 under the scientific direction of Olivier Peyricot, director of the Cité du design Research Center. Under the title of Working Promesse, somewhere between taking stock and major experimentation, this edition will present a giant experimental workshop focused on the changes in the way we work. A third generation of the Biennial will be launched in 2017 to create a new dynamic for transforming Saint-Étienne into a place of experimentation in new uses.

Visitors to the Cité du design site will follow a walkthrough series of exhibitions made up of ten stages that investigate this theme. Focussing on the question of shifting work paradigms, the Biennial will address the following three specific topics:
– Digital Labor
– Share utopie
– Existences Futures

Design is also undergoing transformation: from the object to the service, from the urban dimension to the social dimension, the scales of intervention of design have increased many times. Through the medium of design, Working promesse, shifting work paradigms will question both our present and our future ways of life.
For this edition, Olivier Peyricot has brought together major names of international design such as Akoaki – Anya Sirota & Jean-Louis Farges, Éric Fache, Didier Faustino, Ilona Gaynor, Catherine Geel, Joseph Grima, le collectif G.U.I (Nicolas Couturier et Benoît Verjat, Cyril Magnier), KVM – Ju Hyun Lee & Ludovic Burel, Christophe Marchand, Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan, Jerszy Seymour, Thomas Thwaitesand many others who will present their viewpoints on design – such as the science fiction authors Alain Damasio and Norbert Merjagnan,and the filmmaker Olivier Bosson – inviting them to intervene in various formats during the Biennial..

Detroit, UNESCO city of design, guest of honour at the 2017 Biennial. Post-industrial Detroit (Détroit post-industriel) is now being revitalized. The mutations of this resilient city will be highlighted through the various dynamics driven by the former Motor City/Motown’s present urban players. Carte blanche has been given to the AKOAKI collective
(Anya Sirota & Jean-Louis Farges) which will present the development of the city’s ideas and its ingeniousness in reinventing itself, and also an
exhibition of DC3 (Detroit Creative Corridor Center), stage No. 10 of the walkthrough series of exhibitions on the Cité du design site. A Biennial faithful to its values: aimed at people of all ages and types, open to the economic world, attractive, vibrant and international. Roll on March 2017!