After graduating in Industrial Design at the Politecnico di Torino in 2004, Giovanni Innella freelanced as a graphic designer and visual designer, to then work for the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea . In 2005 he engaged with Interaction Design Lab , becoming a partner soon after. In 2008 Giovanni graduated cum laude from the IM master course at the Design Academy of Eindhoven and has been selected to exhibit his thesis project at the Droog gallery in Amsterdam and the National Architecture Institute of Maastricht. In 2009 he held the position of Senior Researcher at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute . During his career as a designer he worked on projects in Europe and Africa , exhibiting at the International Design Biennale of Saint-Etienne, the Fuorisalone of Milan and the Van Abbe Museum of Eindhoven , amongst other venues. Giovanni’s jewellery piece for brand CHP...? is part of the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. With Agata Jaworska , he initiated Institute of Relevant Studies , a network that comes together and collaborates with other Institutes on demand. Currently in a state of beta , IoRS develops new models for business and culture as a form of design and expression . In 2014 Giovanni completed his PhD at Northumbria University. His research aim lies in understanding how the growing presence of design in the media - and the media in design - has impacted the profession of contemporary designers. This also represents his direction for articulating a clearer design critique expressed in both written and visual form . Currently, Giovanni is an Assistant Professor at Chiba University, Japan. Currently, Giovanni is an Assistant Professor at Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology (Tokyo Metropolitan University), and a visiting lecturer at Chiba University. In 2019-20, Giovanni Innella was appointed as a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 2020, Gioavanni Innella started working as an Assistant Professor at VCUarts Qatar.
EXHIBITIONS AS CURATOR
2016, The Life Fair. New Body Products at The New Institute, Rotterdam (NL). Co-curatorship with A. Jaworska.
2016, Domestic Affairs at The FireStation, Doha (QA). Co- curatorship with A. Jaworska.
2015, Domestic Affairs at The Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Shenzhen (CH). Co-curatorship with A. Jaworska.
2014, Domestic Affairs at Passagem, Shenzhen (CH). Co- curatorship with A. Jaworska.
2014, Coming Soon. Real Imaginary Futures at NAiM, Maastricht (NL). Co-curatorship with L. Feireiss, L. Schrijver, A. Jaworska, P. Vollaard, R. Klap, S. van Stein.
2009, Design that Thinks in Lecce, IT. Co-curatorship with A. Jaworska
EXHIBITIONS AS EXHIBITED AUTHOR
2019, -162°C, Trading Powers at FireStation, Doha, QA. With VCUarts Qatar. Collaboration show.
2019, GeoMerce for Broken Nature (curated by P. Antonelli), at La Triennale Design Museum, Milan, IT. With G. Gatto. Group show.
2019, Design and Its Double (Scarf) for Vienna Biennale for Change, at MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, AT. Group show.
2018, -162°C, Trading Powers at Wieden+Kennedy Gallery, Tokyo, JP. With VCUarts Qatar. Collaboration show.
2018, Dowry at DESIGNART TOKYO, Tokyo, JP. Curated festival.
2018, Design and Its Double (Scarf) for Storie (curated by C. Alessi), at La Triennale Design Museum, Milan, IT. Group show.
2017, Design and Its Double at Ayumi Gallery CAVE, Tokyo, JP. Solo show.
2015, Money Weaver for TransActing: A Market of Values, at Chelsea College of Art, London, UK. With T. Drori. Curated festival.
2015, GeoMerce at Fuorisalone, Milano, IT. With G. Gatto. Collaboration show.
2014, Money Changer for Design Destinations show at MAXXI of Rome, IT. With T. Drori
2010, Predictions at International Design Biennale St-Etienne, FR. Group show.
2008, Master Pieces at Droog Gallery, Amsterdam, NL. Group show.
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND MEDIA APPEARANCE
Petroni M. (2020). Il Progetto del Reale, Postmedia Books, Milano. Pp. 50-51
Biasini Selvaggi C., Catricalà V. (2020). Art and Technology in the Third Millennium. Scenarios and Protagonists. Electa, Verona. p. 145
Dameron A. (2017). The Life Fair. Curators in Rotterdam present an exhibition that questions the often-unsettling future of technology as a constant presence from cradle to grave. Dwell Magazine. March/April issue. pp. 30-32
La Rocca F. (2016). Design e Delitto. Critica e metamorfosi dell'oggetto contemporaneo. FrancoAngeli, Milano. p. 95-96
Dardi D. (2016). Phenomenology of Design, Domus web
Petroni M. (2016). Mondi possibili. Appunti di Teoria del Design, Edizioni Temporale, Milano. pp. 94-96
Alessi C. (2016). Design senza Designer. Editori Laterza, Milano. p. 98
Petroni M. (2015). Food For Soul, FlashArt #322. p. 101
Alessi C. (2015). Exercises in Political Design, Interni magazine #648. pp. XX
Marelli C. (2015). Geomerce, Domus web
Alessi C. (2014). Dopo gli Anni Zero. Il Nuovo Design Italiano. Editori Laterza, Milano. p. 115
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