Continually recurring phenomena such as the course of the seasons, the alternation of day and night or ebb and flow once structured the individual´s rhythm of life and personal sense of time. These were replaced by ideal measuring systems like calendar, plans and clocks. They regulated and structured the conception of time, and they set the pace for the accelerated rhythm of industrial production. As these systems are being transformed into a web of digital structures, a new, more flowing awareness of time is developing.
Acceleration and effective time management play an increasingly important role in numerous branches of the economy, such as in the finance, communication, transport and traffic sectors. At the same time, many people feel a growing need for alternative resting and recreational phases during working hours, for self-determined periods that can be spent alone or with the family or friends. Time has, in the meantime, become one of the most limited and most precious immaterial goods. At the same time, we associate time with concrete objects and spaces that can become the bearers of our memories. When we replace things or part with them, this can result in a process of realisation or of forgetting.
The topic, »Time«, is of high current and global significance and brings up a multitude of interesting creative and practical, but also design theoretical or socio-cultural questions in environmental, economic, ethic and social terms.
We are looking for designs from all over the world that examine the topic, »Time« – be it product- or processoriented. It may include inventing new services or suggesting innovative applications or user strategies but also designing products that address our treatment of time as a precious resource in a socio-critical, narrative, poetic, sensual, functional or humorous way.
Prof. Vincenz Warnke
The number of entries is limited to one entry per participant or participating team.
After the online registration (starting on the 2nd January 2017) participants/teams may submit a maximum of five DIN A3 posters mounted on solid board (such as foam core, cardboard, etc.), showing products, designs or concepts (i.e. design drawings, models, animations or prototypes).
Additional information can be submitted in digital format as video
(as H.264, Quicktime, MPEG4, max. length three minutes) or interactive presentations (as PDF, Flash). Alternatively a permanent link to the digital media can be listed in the online registration form.
An envelope with the name of the participant/s, containing a short CV (max. half a DIN A4 page per participant) and a description of the entry (max. 550 characters including blank space) and a short description (max. 200 characters including blank space) in German or English must be submitted. These documents should be submitted both online in digital format as well as printed and posted with your application.
All posted entries and documents must be legibly marked with the name of the participant/ participating team and registration code (you will receive this code by mail after the online registration).
The submission is only valid if a printed and signed copy of the ‘Conditions of Participation’ form is enclosed. This form will be sent to you by mail after the online registration.
Entries that do not comply with the formal regulations and which have not been submitted by the closing date (January 31, 2017) will not be taken into consideration (the effective date is the date of receipt). Please consider long postal routes from abroad.
Submission address and further
information on the competition
Designpreis Halle (Saale) e. V.
D-06108 Halle (Saale)
Phone: +49 (0) 345 7751 – 528 (Tu and We, 10 am to 6 pm (CET))
Fax: +49 (0) 345 7751 – 546
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