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Bandung Design Biennale

In an excavation process, each finding will certainly be an indication of the involvement and connection of each element: discipline, actors, and the knowledge contained in it. Thus in the process, BDB'21 will undergo the stages of identification, interaction, and participation which are expected to jointly be able to bring up alternative thoughts and practices, as well as enrich the potentials and solutions for the community. Curated by Prananda L. Malasan [Design Science Researcher], Krishnamurti Suparka [Interdisciplinary Practitioner], and Herry Sutresna [Designer], BDB will respond to various ideas, objects, and practice findings into several programs in the format of showcases, discourses, and public archives.

BDB'21 invites all actors and the public to convey all forms of thoughts, objects, and actions, as responses to the general themes. The submissions will be processed in the format of showcases (exhibitions, installations, etc.) and discourse (seminars, discussions, etc.), or as contributions in the process of mapping via public-archive submission (artifact/documentation of text and photos, etc.) that are reflective to the kinds of thoughts, objects, and actions of the Bandung creative ecosystem.

Bandung Design Biennale 2021 aims to dig more into how creative explorations can be shifted outside the conventional exhibition format. How might open-ended experiments and critical questions that touch economy, environment, society, and culture can be the first step for all of us to re-answer.

Prananda L. Malasan

Prananda L. Malasan, has an interest in developing research in the field of design science. Currently a researcher at the Design Ethnography Lab, Faculty of Art and Design, ITB.

Krishnamurti Suparka

Krishnamurti Suparka or Nishkra is an interdisciplinary researcher and practitioner. Currently a lecturer at DKV Binus Bandung and curatorial coordinator at Sembilan Matahari.

Herry Sutresna

Herry Sutresna, by profession as a designer and creative director. Part of the Grimloc Records collective and founded his graphic studio, TYP:O since 2007.



Ardo Ardhana
Ardo Ardhana
Head of Director

Multidisciplinary practitioner, ranging from publishing to creative placemaking. Currently running busy developing Grammars, and broadcasting tunes from Norrm Radio.

Sama Saga
Sama Saga
Managing Director

Sama Saga has a diversity of team representatives. We work in a unique collaborative model and offer creative solutions that help companies across all geographies and sectors develop deliver results that help our clients thrive.

POT Branding House
POT Branding House
Artistic Director

A Brand design & communication consultancy that helps brand owners to reflect their core potential and consciously manifest themselves into a more authentic expression of their soul, through research, strategy, and design.

Dengan Senang Hati
Dengan Senang Hati
Technology Director

We believe that by helping and accelerating existing businesses will make us more innovative and meaningful in carrying out our passion in technology.

Suasana Scenery
Suasana Scenery
Event Director

Entertainment agency company based in Bandung and Jakarta. Providing production, content generation, and event management for events and activations. Sister company of Rekacitra Indonesia.

Another Business
Another Business
Editorial Director

A micro-publisher company celebrates youth and the way they live that comes into being through printed matter. Along with the individual and small-scale community, we collaborate, contextualize, and produce publications to be an indispensable resource and notion related to architecture, design, and culture.



Visitors 7000
Days 31
Participant 53
Educational institutions 7
Location 14
Design studio 22
Open house studio 10
Events 30
Talk Shows 5
Exhibitions 25
Workshops 7


Visitors 2000
Days 31
Volunteer 50
Participant 133
Curator 5
Educational institutions 7
Location 85
Design studio 81
Open house studio 15
Events 85
Talk Shows 40
Exhibitions 49
Workshops 27

What is Bandung Design Biennale?

Bandung Design Biennale is an event that is held every 2 years, as a forum to bring together creative ideas of designers/activists/artists. BDB also strives to provide solutions to the problems that surround us.

What’s the theme for BDB 2021?

The theme for this years’ BDB is “Excavate: Mapping the Commons Across the Spectrum."

What can i submit?

It can be in any form, but later it will be put into 3 categories, namely thoughts, objects, and actions. Examples: artifacts, documents, posters, words, etc.

How can i become a participant?


Is there a limit to the number of submissions?

It is unlimited! each individual or group has no limit on the number of submissions.

Will BDB 2021 be conducted online, offline, or hybrid?

The initial plan was to have it in 14 venues (2 large venues, 4 medium scale, and 8 small scale). However, in response to the current situation, BDB 2021 will be held 50% online and 50% offline.

How long does the submission process take, and what is the curation process like?

The open call submission period is held on August 2nd - August 27th (3 weeks). Regarding the curation process, the range will be very wide.

Should the participant's submission theme be adjusted to this year's Excavate theme?

No, the submission theme can be adjusted according to each participant's response. It is hoped that participants do not need to be too locked up by the word "excavate". e.g. “The role of typography in social change”, how is font design used in visual communication for social change? Or how do designers contribute to space problems in Bandung? Through this theme, we invite the participants to explore as much information as possible.

Can colleagues outside the city of Bandung participate in BDB 2021?

Of course you can! At BDB 2021, we wish to optimize the digital infrastructure to engage with friends outside the city. Regardless whether or not they’ve had specific connections with Bandung (birthplace, study, work, etc), all is welcome to participate.

Does BDB 2021 charge a fee?

There is no charge to become a participant.

Since the nature of this year's BDB is quite different, what will BDB 2021 be like?

In the process, there will be more emphasis on the process itself, so that the peak event will be in November. It is slightly different because it places more emphasis on the “Excavate” point itself, explores the potential that did not exist before, and wants to explore new perspectives on the design ecosystem from outside Bandung.

If I don't pass the curation, can I still participate?

There is always the possibility of not being selected, but the potential is very small. Our task is to respond to what we receive and to process them according to their suitable outcomes.

Are we able to nominate/recommend an individual/group, even if they don’t apply for submissions themselves?


Are there any small events leading up to announcement of Open call submission results 7th of September?

There will be several activities, such as discussions via social media and websites. There will also be several pre-events leading up to September 7th.

Our Findings

Let's discover every subject involved, type of artifacts, events, and public archive in Bandung Design Biennale 2021. Visit them!

Bandung Design Biennale 2021

Open Call submission
1st of August - 27th of August

BDB'21 invites all actors and the public to:

convey all forms of thoughts, objects, and actions, as responses to the general themes. The submissions will be processed in the format of showcases (exhibitions, installations, etc.) and discourse (seminars, discussions, etc.),


contribute in the process of mapping via public-archive submission (artifact/documentation of text and photos, etc.) that are reflective to the kinds of thoughts, objects, and actions of the Bandung creative ecosystem.

All the results of the submission will go through the phase of curation and will be published through the website directory.

Take part in BDB’21 to reveal, proceed, and record any design related artifacts and features in Bandung.
Download Submission Details Here
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*submission announcement will be inform later via email