In 2019, when the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus is being commemorated all over Germany and the world, the 7th International Marianne Brandt Contest will focus on the functional and metaphorical potential of glass as material, which has had an unrivalled 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, and there will also be several special prizes.
“I am all of glass,” wrote Marianne Brandt in 1922 in one of her poems – a year before she resolved to give up painting at the Bauhaus in Weimar and become a designer of useful things. At the Bauhaus she wanted to be everything other than appear fragile; neither “dainty”, nor soft, i.e., in no way correspond to the clichés of femininity also dominant among the Bauhaus men. She thus held her ground at the Bauhaus not only as the only woman in the tough metalworking section, but created numerous hollowware pieces in Weimar – like the tea infuser developed out of austere spherical geometry – and other objects, which are revered today as design icons.
The 2019 Contest includes the following categories:
• Product Design – 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. A product, a study or an image documentation with a maximum of three variations can be submitted.
• Photography – 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. Three single images or a series of maximum five images can be submitted.
• Experimental Design – 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. A product, a study or an image documentation with a maximum of three variations can be submitted.
Submissions can be uploaded in PDF format (max. 5 MB/max. 5 pages) to this platform: www.contest.marianne-brandt-wettbewerb.de. The contest is divided into two phases:
The first phase contains the digital submission of the exhibits. Participants may upload a digital version of their exhibit as a single PDF document (max. 5 MB/max. 5 pages) to this platform: www.contest.marianne-brandt-wettbewerb.de. The jury will then nominate the exhibits for the second phase.
The second phase includes the submission of the exhibits by mail. In case participants are nominated for this phase they will receive further details for their submission by mail. The postage fee for submission and return by mail is covered by the participant.
Prizes will be awarded in the categories of design, photography and art and there will also be several special prizes. The 60 works will be exhibited in the Industrial Museum Chemnitz, Germany.
The participation fee is 30 Euro.
A prize of €5,000, as well as three awards will be bestowed in all three categories. Special prizes will be awarded by well-known companies, among others: vitra GmbH Weil am Rhein, smow GmbH Leipzig, Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin. There will be other special award donor.
Each participant will receive a free copy of the catalog.