Mikser Festival 2017 Open Call For International Design Competition "Ghost Project 2017: The New Nomads"!
ABOUT GHOST PROJECT
Ghost Project is an international platform for talents in the area of design concepts and product design. Starting as a small local exhibition of unexecuted projects in 2006, Ghost Project has grown to one of the largest regional reviews of design talents from around the world, enhancing the exchange between designers from different cultural backgrounds and giving unique insight into upcoming generation of designers who will be shaping our future.
The Ghost Project’s slogan for the year 2017 is “THE NEW NOMADS”
Everyday commuting and transportation, intense tourist influx to global destinations, massive ecological, economic and war-instigated displacements of people across the entire continent are becoming inevitable challenges of our times. At the same time, mobility remains the ultimate ideal of creative people’s freedom and independence, inspiring visions of objects, spaces, services and technological solutions that support nomadic way of living.
Under the slogan “THE NEW NOMADS”, Ghost Project 2017 calls for young designers to share their vision on how prompt design interventions can improve lives of people on the move, be their mobility deliberate or forceful, and enable them to make a new place their home. We are looking for innovative design solutions for multifunctional domestic objects, mobile workplace units, learning tools on the move, portable street shelters, transformable public space furniture, adjustable environments, sustainable life concepts for the nomads of our times, balancing the eternal human need for freedom of movement with sense of belonging.
COMPETITION SUBJECT AND CRITERIA
Design concepts, products, indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, interior elements, everyday objects, home accessories, fashion garments, stationary, aid products, recycled materials, etc. that offer innovative yet rational solutions to challenges arising from the global and local movement of people, from work-related daily commuting, holiday-driven seasonal travels, war-instigate refugee movement, economic-driven migrations, to roaming the globe in search for knowledge and life experience.
Criteria appreciated by the Jury: innovative features that enhance the quality of contemporary life; ergonomics; rational production costs; use of materials available locally; environmentally friendly production process; recycling; compact packaging for transport; significant social impact.
Manuel Polanco, Basurama - Spain
Nikola Radeljkovic, Numen / ForUse - Croatia
Cvetka Pozar, Museum of Architecture and Design – Slovenia
Jelena Mijanovic, Co-Design - Sweden
Jesper Koefoed-Melson, GivrRum - Denmark
Jelena Matic, Faculty of Forestry University of Belgrade – Serbia
Maja Lalic, Mikser Festival – Serbia
Competition is open to all persons aged 35 years and younger, from all over the world.
Applicants may be individuals or groups of creators. Each applicant may submit more than one entry. When submitting online applications, applicants may submit concepts, sketches and 3d images, but if selected for the exhibition, they must provide functional prototypes of the winning designs.
DEADLINES AND PROJECT SUBMISSION
The competition is open till 27 April 2017. Applicants are able to register and submit their projects by filling in the online application at ghost.mikser.rs until 27 April 2017 at midnight. The jury will announce the winners whose projects will be featured in the Ghost Project 2017 Exhibition on 1 May 2017. The Ghost Project exhibition takes place from 25 – 28 May 2017 within the Mikser Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. The Mikser Festival Awards Ceremony will be held on the last day of the Ghost Project exhibition at the Mikser Festival 2017, 28 May in the evening.
Participation in Mikser Festival 2017:
• Ghost Project Exhibition
• Design Marathon
• Creative Workshops
• Mikser Awards Ceremony
Winners of the Competition will become participants of the Mikser Festival 2017, Southeast Europe's largest regional festival of creativity and innovation taking place in Silos of Žitomlin mill in Belgrade’s first industrial zone in Lower Dorćol, from 25-28 June, 2017.
The award includes:
• Participation in the central talent exhibition of Mikser Festival - Ghost Project 2017;
• Participation in public presentation of the winner’s work at the international Design Marathon – Portfolio reviews with mentors from the design field;
• Active participation in one of the festival Creative workshops* run by mentors who are renown international professionals coming from various fields of creative disciplines;
• International Jury made of respectful professionals, guests of the Mikser Festival, will award the best projects with special recognitions in several product categories which will be announced at the Mikser Awards Ceremony, on the last day of the festival, 28th May, while all participants of the Ghost Project exhibition “The New Nomads” will receive the participation certificate.
• Recipients of the Mikser Award who are coming from the Balkans will be able to join the second round of the Young Balkan Designers Competition 2017 and pitch their ideas to five respectable furniture manufactures based in the Balkans.
• All participants of the Ghost Project 2017 exhibition will have free access to public sessions of the festival programs and free access to all music performances*.
*Detailed program of workshops, lectures, exhibitions and concerts of the Mikser Festival will be announced at the beginning of May 2017
By submitting this application, designers commit - if selected to participate in the Ghost Project 2017 exhibition – to produce and personally bring prototypes to Mikser Festival in Belgrade at their own expense, to take active participation in the Mikser workshops and presentations,
to bring their prototypes to the festival venue on 24 May 2017, and remove them from the festival venue on 29 May 2017, carefully following instructions which will be sent out to each winner by the Organizer after the announcement of the competition results.
MIKSER will exhibit the winning entries during Mikser Festival, from 25-28 May 2017. Upon the announcement of the competition results, the Organizer will contact the laureates to provide them with the official invitation letter to accompany their prototypes during the transportation, detailed instructions on time and place of prototypes delivery and pick-up, information for affordable accommodation in Belgrade, as well as the festival program of lectures and workshops that winning designers are obliged to attend.
The decisions of the jury are final. Any claims arising in relation to the authorship of the design or of possible plagiarism thereof, will be the responsibility of the designer. In the event of non-fulfillment of any of the rules herein, the design submitted will be excluded from the Competition.
INFO & INQUIRIES
Balkan Design Network
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