28 September – 04 November 2018
Pera Museum is one of the main venues for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial A School of Schools. Engaging multigenerational, transdisciplinary practitioners from Turkey and abroad, A School of Schools brings together old and new knowledge, academic and amateur, professional and personal, focusing on the process as much as the outcomes. Pera Film’s program, Life as School presented as part of this biennial aims to reflect on the methodologies and ways of implementation of cohabitation in society and how this trickles down into our private lives. As life is a never-ending school, this program hopes to capture the long lasting as well as fleeting moments in our daily colossal existence. The phenomenon of life, approached in several ways may pertain to life as it is known and studied on planet Earth; life imaginable in principle; and life, by hypothesis, that might exist elsewhere in the universe. This selection includes documentaries and fiction films tackling life on earth and how such vast notions play into the abstract as well as the physical. The 4th İstanbul Design Biennial diligently puts it as: “The amount of information in the world is more than doubling every two years. People know more than ever before. Lifelong learning is touted as the only way to keep a job and keep your head. Chalk and talk, and reciting multiplication tables has no chance against the animated distractions in our pockets. Meanwhile, the machines themselves have started learning too. What will be left for humans to do and which mental faculties remain irreplaceable are hot topics. Is it time to go back to school – and redesign it?” Pera Film’s Life as School explores the infinite ways of life and how learning and life are inseparable.
* This program’s screenings are free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations.