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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Artcity 2005 TRANS Design Competition Brief 

Arcity Festival is a celebration of contemporary visual art, architecture and design, held every September in Calgary, Canada. Artcity opens possibilities for conversations, debates and realizations about how and what artists, architects and designers do and how they see and shape the world around us. In 2005, Artcity Festival will explore the ideas and concepts associated with the term Trans.

Artcity Festival encourages you to become involved in the 2005 city-wide festival by submitting graphic and interactive design work to our competition. A one-thousand dollar prize is on offer!

Competition Brief

In keeping with this year’s theme for Artcity of TRANS, the competition is for designers working in a trans-disciplinary way. Relevant graphic and interactive designers are opening up new spaces between design and art, science, commerce, politics, the printed page, and the interactive screen. A trans-disciplinary approach toward communication is borne of an increasingly sophisticated definition of “information”. Whether it is the informational riot to be found on CNN, or the scientific visualization of molecules, visual design is charged with offering us a peculiar kind of complex clarity: language, performance, maps, composition, art and knowledge all intersect to form this contemporary discipline.

Requirements for Entry

The work may be pre-existing projects submitted for their relation to the theme, or they may be original works produced for the purposes of the competition. We ask that team submissions be limited to five members or less. Submissions may include:

- Poster-sized inkjet prints;
- Interactive websites;
- Flash or Director projectors;
- Motion graphics;
- Composited films;
- DVDs;
- Software.

Artcity reserves the right to reproduce the works for exhibition purposes. All works will be exhibited on three public access 17” kiosk computers throughout the festival. Work will also be projected during a lecture / prize award event; our celebrity judge this year is renowned design educator and commentator Denise Gonzales Crisp, chair of the graphic design department at NC State University.


- All materials should be accompanied by a design rationale that does not exceed 500 words;

- Include all the names of the participants and/or studio name in alphabetical order;

- Clearly indicate any special technical or installation requirements;

- Digital work should be submitted on CDR or DVDR as appropriate; you may submit work by posting it via http or ftp protocol, in co-ordination with the programming committee;

- Disks and hardcopy documents should be sent to:

Artcity Festival
#200, 137 – 8th Avenue SW
Calgary AB T2P 1B4

If you intend to participate, take a moment to email with the subject: “I’m in!” It will give us an idea of the number of submissions we can expect, so that we can plan accordingly.

If you have any further questions, please let us know. Good luck!

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