Theme of the contest

In a saturated consumer market where design is everywhere (and nowhere) there are objects from the recent past whose traces are being lost.
They are anonymous or everyday objects, on a small scale or mass production.
The aim is to build a large memory atlas dedicated to the anonymous design of the countries of Central Eastern Europe, therefore in this year’s competition, participants are asked to identify an object from the collective memory, which demonstrates design skill, it can be simple or complex as long as it is meaningful. The object could be a household tool or alternatively professional equipment or small objects for building. Once the participants have singled out their object they must photograph it on a white backdrop, outline in writing a brief history, comment on the motivations behind the choice and then proceed onto a reuse and redefinition project, which could take shape in a ready-made project or simply a change of function.
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 About the contest

Participation in the competition is free of charge.
The competition is open to all designers born in CEI Member States (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine) as well as Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey. The potential groups should only comprise participants born in the countries listed above.

The online application form should be filled out in full in English or Italian and the submitted project must comply with the specified terms. The application and attached project – complete with the material described in ART. 3 together with an ID document – must be presented by midnight (Italian time) of the 31st May 2012.

The jury will be headed by Gillo Dorfles and comprise international experts and representatives from CEI and the Trieste Contemporanea. It will convene in the month of June 2012 and will evaluate the projects in the competition according to the following criteria:
1. Originality and depth of research in the study of the memory object;
2. Creation and innovation of the reuse proposal;
3. Completion and clarity in presentation of the work submitted.

The prizes are the following:
- SELECTED PROJECTS: the jury will select a number of works which will be shown in an exhibition in Trieste and published in the online catalogue provided.
- BEBA PRIZE for the youngest designer among those selected: 1000 Euros.
- CEI PRIZE for the best designer from one of the CEI countries not an EU member: 3000 Euros.
- GILLO DORFLES PRIZE – TRIESTE CONTEMPORANEA DESIGN 2012 for the best project: 4000 Euros.
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