In 2019, when the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus is being commemorated all over Germany and the world, the 7th International Marianne Brandt Award will focus on the functional and metaphorical potential of glass as material, which has had an unrivaled formative influence on the visionary beginnings of the German school of design.
Taking the theme “I am all of glass” – quoting a poem by Marianne Brandt – prizes will be awarded in the categories of design, photography and art, (5.000 Euro each) and there will also be several special prizes. 60 works will be exhibited in the Industrial Museum Chemnitz, Germany.
Every day we see the world through glass: glasses are many facades, all the windows, most screens and the fiber optic cables through which the information passes, eyeglasses and also the windshields of vehicles. In the lenses of microscopes, telescopes and cameras, it is one of our most important allies in technically supported perception of our environment and allows insights into otherwise closed dimensions.
The 2019 Contest includes the following categories:
In this category, the contest asks for products that incorporate both glass-enabled functions and uses, as well as designs that develop practical and helpful artifacts with regard to the metaphor and characteristics of glass.
The category photography is about image-finding, which motivates a change in the perspicacious and sensory perspectives of the material and materiality of glass, and works that explicitly draw their characteristics from material observation and study.
This special category focuses on processes and designs for experimental and unconventional exploration of glass in design processes. Requested are experimental arrangements, studies and models to explore dimensions of the possibilities of the material as well as free artistic explorations of visions and nightmares on light and transparency.
The competition is divided into two stages.
In the first stage works are submitted in digital form. The participants register on the official website, after the receipt of the registration fee participants can upload their work in the form of a PDF file (file size up to 5 MB). An international jury selects and nominates 60 works for the exhibition.
The nominated participants will receive a message if they entered the second stage with further details for submission.
The International Marianne Brandt Contest is supported by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the City of Chemnitz and held every three years since 2001.
7th International Marianne Brandt Contest 2019 – Participation Fee
The participation fee is 30 Euro and it is payable at registration.
The postage for the entry and return of the nominated exhibits needs to be borne by the participant.