Handmade

For centuries, the Swiss tradition of Emmentaler AOP cheese production has focused on the art of cheesemaking, on artisan skills and on HAND MADE expertise, all underpinned by a caring attitude towards nature, time, materials, know-how and the vital energy of the environment we live in.
 
Swiss Original Handmade Creative Project  
Swiss Original Handmade Creative Project

In order to be able to continue to read, refresh and interpret its own values in an innovative, contemporary and disruptive way, from the outset Emmentaler Switzerland has always been very keen and interested in engaging, supporting and promoting the world of art, talent and creativity for all.

As was the case in past competitions, exhibitions and communication initiatives, Emmentaler Switzerland is launching a new open creative competition for the collection, valorisation and exhibition of a broad selection of works and thematic artworks.
 
THE SWISS ORIGINAL
As part of the new globalisation of recent decades, we have learned to appreciate not only certain values and products shared by many civilisations, but also values and products expressly linked to the geographical, historical and cultural origins of specific local areas.
This competition aims to collect, valorise and exhibit artworks that tell stories of Swiss originality. Originality intended in terms of both methods and content that are more specifically and quintessentially “Swiss”, as well as those that are more ironic, interpretative and disruptive.
 
 
Guidelines
 
For the correct realisation of your proposals, keep into consideration the following guidelines:
 
HANDMADE CREATIVE PROJECT
The value, practice and symbolism of HAND MADE has always been a foundational element shared by the world of fine artisan production and many forms of art and expression.
 
In this competition, HAND MADE refers to two possible approaches and types of works and artworks:
 
– Physical Objects: works, artworks and design artefacts (also hybrid: hardware/software), all with a significant component of manual craftsmanship and technique
– Digital Products: works that tell stories of manual skills, manual skill processes, and expressions and valorisations of forms of hand craftsmanship
 
So far as the work is concerned, it can be submitted in one of two Macro Categories:
 
Physical Work – any technique
Digital Work – divided into three sub sessions
 The specific techniques are defined in the CATEGORIES section below.
 
CATEGORIES
 
In order to embrace a broad selection of contemporary artistic and expressive multimedia, the competition includes 2 technical Macro Categories, Physical Works and Digital Works, each with three awards and 3 special mentions.
 
– Physical Work
 
Any artwork that for exhibition purposes has a tangible, physical and three-dimensional presence. The artwork may be produced using any technique, such as for example: Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics, Collage, Origami, 3D Printed, Interactive or Reactive Structure (Internet of Things), Organic Structure, Food Artworks… and any Mixed Technique using any material and combination.
 
– Digital Work
 
Any artwork that for exhibition purposes has an exclusively digital dimension, produced exclusively using one of the three following techniques:
– Video: the production of a video story of any kind and produced using any technique, with a duration from 45 seconds to 180 seconds.
– Photography: the production of a photo story, with a sequence/composition of from 1 to 9 photographs
– Short Message Story: the production of a short textual story, of max 420 characters including spaces (NB: an English version is required in all cases; a version in the artist’s native language, if not English, is optional and welcome).
 
 
 
Evaluation criteria: in the evaluation of your submissions the Jury will take into account the following criteria:
 
Physical Work
– Originality: the work must be unpublished and clearly original
– History: the description of the project’s ‘reasons why’ that motivate one’s work
– Methodology: the description of the technical/production process of the work
– Handmade: the evidence of handmade excellence of the work and of the quality of its execution
 
Digital Work
– Originality: the work must be unpublished and recognisably original
– History: the description of the project’s ‘reasons why’ that motivate one’s work
– Methodology: the description of the technical/production process of the work
– Handmade: the subject at the core of the representation of one’s work
 
 
Contest timeline
Upload phase: 29th April 2019 – 5th September 2019 (1.59 PM UTC)
Community Vote: 5th September 2019 – 19th September 2019 (1.59 PM UTC)
Jury Vote: from 5th September 2019
Winner announcement: during the Exhibition-Event, in November 2019
 
Eligibility and submission
 
Entering the competition is free and open to everyone over the age of 18 on the date of registration, without any limit of nationality, profession, education, expertise or other form of restriction, except for being 18 at the time of participating in the contest.
 
Award
 
The total award pool amounts to €36,000.00, split into 6 awards and 6 special mentions, as indicated below.
 
Physical Work (Award Pool €18,000)
– €15,000 split into three First Awards of €5,000 each for three works (assessed as ex aequo, independently of the support, material, technology and technique used to produce them)
– €3,000 split into three Special Mentions worth €1,000 each for three works (assessed as ex aequo, independently of the support, material, technology and technique used to produce them)
NB: The Physical Work must have been physically realised by the author and be presented through photos and/or videos, at the author’s discretion, in order to allow for the correct and better evaluation of the interpretative and manufacturing qualities of the work by the panel of judges.
 
Digital Work (Award Pool €18,000)
– €15,000 split into three First Awards of €5,000 each, one for each of the three categories: Video, Photography, Short Message Story.
– €3,000 split into three Mentions of €1,000 each, one for each of the three categories: Video, Photography, Short Message Story.
 
The selection of the winners will be the result of an unquestionable evaluation by the panel of judges.
 
NB: The panel of judges has full discretion, without prejudice to the total award pool of €36,000, to assign two awards to the same project, based on the final qualities of the works submitted.
 
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