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

prodUSER by tristan kopp at istanbul design biennial

prodUSER by tristan kopp at istanbul design biennial image © designboom




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’.

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




the grima-curated exposition ‘adhocracy’ held within the galata greek primary school, presents international projects which collectively 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.

detail of metal component image © designboom


image © designboom

installation view of ‘prodUSER’ at the istanbul design biennale within the ‘adhocracy’ exhibition image © designboom

image courtesy of istanbul design biennale

  image courtesy of istanbul design biennale


image courtesy of istanbul design biennale


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 image © designboom


detail of alternative connectors which really portray this notion of adhocracy image © designboom


image © designboom

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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