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Curating Curation – Shenzhen Biennale

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Professor Paolo Ciuccarelli at CfD Launch Event. Photo by Brandon Farrell.

Paolo Ciuccarelli, IDV faculty and director of the Northeastern Center for Design, has developed with IDV and CAMD students a massive 1 kilometer long public data display: A visual atlas of the curatorial process behind – and before – the Eyes of the City. The body of the curatorial process has been dissected into eleven charts that expose the richness of the corpus of metadata and descriptions attached to each and every one of the submitted applications.

The aim is to unfold the complexity of the curatorial process, to make it legible, and to re-constitute the ensemble of all the applications as a (big) picture of the current status of design and research in architecture and urban planning. Who applied, from where, when, and what do all these proposals have in common in terms of topics and imagery? Navigating the flows and the nets of data you can find the answers and step into the tree of decisions that builds an exhibition, before entering it.


Paolo Ciuccarelli

Full-time Faculty


Paolo Ciuccarelli, Lead Designer

Yinan Dong, data visualization

Yuan Hua, data visualization

Todd Linkner, data visualization

Yuqing Liu, data visualization

Nicole Zizzi, data visualization