CALL FOR ENTRIES
EXHIBITION ''TOWARDS A CRITICAL RURALITY''
The Rural Design concept derives from the need to develop a new gaze that interprets the territory in a dynamic way, focusing attention on the connections within an organism and between organisms. This gaze is capable of advancing concrete planning proposals, immediately expendable, but also implementable over time.
Specifically, the design must be oriented by ecological and systemic criteria.
The designer (in its broad sense) must conceive production processes in which the output of one system can become another’s input (circular economy) and elaborate visions and plans that take into account the whole system that generates processes, products, services and environments, as well as the flows of materials and energy between the different phases that distinguish their life cycles, favoring the use of renewable or low environmental impact resources and a proper end-of-life treatment. Until a few years ago, all these aspects were not taken into account in the design practice.
In this new scenario, new images of the agricultural environment are elaborated: not only as a place for material goods production, but also as a source of symbolic goods
Nature, the main producer of the symbols of this environment, is the foundation for a new conception of rurality and to redefine city-countryside relationships. By being aware of the complexity of these processes, we are also forced to confront the generosity and fragility of nature itself. In this framework, cultivating – in its broadest sense of managing the soil seen as a common heritage and of primary activity for human existence – deserves special attention and requires a critical reworking of the rurality itself.
PURPOSE of the CALL FOR ENTRIES
Artists, designers, architects, start-ups and researchers from all over the world are invited to participate in this call, by sending works which adhere to this redefinition of rurality, investigate the relationship between the urban and the peripheral areas, as well as those between human activities and natural cycles. Candidates are invited to confront and engage, primarily, but not exclusively, with the resources typical of the Matese area – raw materials, production waste, construction techniques, local crafts – that will host the first edition of the Rural Design Week.
The participants in the exhibition “Towards a Critical Rurality”, part of the first edition of Rural Design Week, regardless of the resources – natural, economic and socio-cultural – that will be used for their works, can contribute to the following categories:
- Category A: Rural design / systemic design objects
- Category B: New naturally-based materials
- Category C: Projects or processes inspired by the principles of circular economy and systemic design.
All the selected works – e.g. artifacts or products, installations, new materials or processes – will be exhibited (or realized in situ, in agreement with the authors/designers) in the Municipality of San Potito and in the surrounding areas.
VISITS: For those interested, the proponents of this call will be available to conduct visits of the territory. Visits can be booked until 26 April, to do so please send an email to email@example.com
Ru.De.Ri – Rural Design per la Rigenerazione dei Territori
HOW TO APPLY
Download the documents provided below
If you apply for an individual work/project please download the document clicking the “Individual Project” button, if you want to apply as a team please click on “Team Project”
The documents (Annex A, Annex B, Privacy) must be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If the attachments exceed 20MB, they can be sent via WeTransfer to email@example.com
For clarifications on the call, it is possible to send enquiries up to 26 April 2019.
Deadline: 5 May 2019
Once the authors have been notified of the selection of their works (13 May 2019) they will receive an invitation to send their contribution by 24 May 2019 to be set up (the withdrawal should be communicated to the organization by the 19th of May 2019).
To apply for this call it is necessary to fulfill the administrative fees with a contribution of €40.00, to be paid by bank transfer to:Recipient: RU.DE.RI Rural Design per la Rigenerazione dei Territori
with the following payment description: “Participation RDW 2019”.
Please attach the receipt to the application.
Official languages: Italian and English
The call is free and open to all, without age or nationality restrictions.
To participate, you must send your application by the 5th of May 2019, by filling the Annexes A, B and Privacy and attaching the bank transfer receipt.
JURY COMPOSITION and WINNERS SELECTION
The jury is presided by Mario Festa (architect, President of the Ru.DeRi Association) and composed of:
- Marco Scotini – Head of NABA Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies Department (Milano, Italy)
- Iain Chambers – Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies at the Oriental University in Naples and Founder of the Center for Postcolonial and Gender Studies of the Oriental University.
- Michael Obrist – Architect, partner of Feld72 studio and Professor of Housing Construction and Design at the Technische Universität of Wien (Austria)
- Rihards Funts – Designer – Latvia
- Serenella Sala – Scientific Officer and Scientific Project Manager at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission – Italy
- Ugo La Pietra – Designer – Italy
- Maria Thereza Alves – Artist – Brazil
- Fernando Garcia Dory – Artist- Agro-ecologist – Spain
The jury will evaluate the contributions to be set up in the Matese Regional Park and included in the exhibition catalog. The selected works will be notified by 13 May 2019).
Three winners will be selected, one for each of the following categories:
- artifact related to rural design/ systemic design
- new material based on natural components
- project or process based on the principles of circular economy/ systemic design
The winners (one for each category) will receive a prize of €1,500 and will be invited to publicly present their contribution during the Matese Rural Design Week (travel expenses, board and lodging will be covered by the organizers).
In addition, the jury will select other works of particular note, which will be exhibited from May 31st to June 9th 2019 in the San Potito municipality and surrounding areas, both indoors and outdoors, taking into account the specific characteristics and needs of the individual contributions.
The jury will also assign a special mention to one of the selected works: an art residency (from 10 March to 7 April 2020) at the Art Center “La Regenta”, an exhibition space in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The residency, offered by “La Regenta”, includes: accommodation (with kitchenette), €400* for board expenses, a production space, a €500* fee and the chance to present the work to the public of the Art Center at the end of the residency period.
(*VAT must be deducted from the two amounts, based on the percentage in force in the winner’s country of residence)
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read Privacy and Annex B documents.
26 APRIL: Enquiries about the call and booking visits to Matese territories
5 MAY: Deadline to send the application
13 MAY: Notice of selection of works/projects
19 MAY: Notice of withdrawal
24 MAY: Deadline to send artworks/projects