Dino Korca, curator of the Albanian Pavilion during the conversation with Dr. Christopher Turner - part of the London Design Biennale 2016 Talks Programme.
The Talks Programme brought together industry’s leading designers, curators, artists, and writers that included British Designer Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, in conversation with Sir John Sorrell, President of the London Design Biennale, Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Design & Architecture at MoMA, and Alice Rawsthorn, art critic & writer for the New York Times.
Korca deliver a talk titled “In The Pursuit of Happiness”, exploring the inaugural theme Utopia by Design. “A map of the world that does not include utopia is not even worth glancing at,” wrote Oscar Wilde “for it leaves out the country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realization of Utopias.”
Following the presentation, Dino Korca engaged in conversation with Dr. Turner, director of the Biennale exploring the idea of progress, where the pursuit of the idea is more interesting than the final destination. Utopia has come to mean a place of ideal perfection, for Korca, however, utopia is a journey rather than a destination. He says: “There is no such thing as a perpetually perfect place, because life itself is but motion, always in a state of change”.