istanbul design biennial: prodUSER by tristan kopp
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oct 15, 2012
istanbul design biennial: prodUSER by tristan kopp



‘prodUSER’ by tristan kopp

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designboom is just back from turkey where we attended the opening of the inaugural istanbul design biennale.
on show until december 12th, 2012 the two part exhibition curated by local architect emre arolat and joseph grima
explores the theme of ‘imperfection’ from the individual perspective of each of its curators, organized under sub-themes of
‘musibet’ (‘calamity’ in turkish) and ‘adhocracy’.

the grima-curated exposition ‘adhocracy’ held within the galata greek primary school, presents international projects which colletively
offer a survey of the contemporary design scene in the wake of a wave of social and technological revolutions which have inevitably
transformed creative practice in recent years. here, ‘prodUSER’ by french designer tristan kopp is on show, a system which takes the bicycle
as a marketable consumer product, reducing it to only a set of connectors which are located at the main junctions of a bike frame.
this offers the owner flexibility to what the actual modules and framework structures are composed of; whereby aspects of color, size, materials
and add-ons are under the discretion of the owner, allowing one to customize their two-wheeler. though these initial parts have been conceived by kopp,
‘prodUSER’ has the potential to be an open-source system where the connection and secondary parts can be designed, shared, and produced
by an external network of consumers, designers and small-scale manufacturers alike.


this example of ‘prodUSER’ connects tree branches to form the frame of a bike

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detail of metal component
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installation view of ‘prodUSER’ at the istanbul design biennale within the ‘adhocracy’ exhibition

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to show the potential of ‘prodUSER’ being an open-source system, another bike displayed connectors made from plastic connecting metal tubes to form the bike’s framework

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detail of alternative connectors which really portray this notion of adhocracy

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istanbul design biennial
october 13th – december 12th, 2012

with
the aim of underlining the importance of design for production,
economy, cultural interaction and quality of life, the first istanbul
design biennial
will be realized in 2012 by istanbul foundation for
culture and arts. istanbul design biennial will be open to all
disciplines of the creative industries in
major fields such as urban
design, architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic
design, new media design and fashion design, as well as their subfields.

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