September 02, 2021 08:31
The ninth Gwangju Design Biennale opened its doors in the southwestern city on Wednesday.
This year's event is billed as an exploration of the world of design in the post-coronavirus pandemic era. It showcases design and technological advances inspired by the fourth industrial revolution -- a term used to describe the automation of manufacturing and industrial practices.
The annual event runs until the end of October with more than 1,000 works from over 400 artists around the world.
Noting the current depressing atmosphere due to the pandemic, the biennale's general director Kim Hyun-sun said one of the underlying themes of the event is the beauty of differences in "environment, disabilities, race, gender, ideology and culture," which goes beyond "notions of practicality and utility."
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