Brief

From the Great Wall to Pink Floyd, the wall has always been present in the history of humankind acquiring a symbolic meaning broader than any other architectural element.

The wall is an element of division. It marks a boundary and defines a space. It is expression of the human mind itself. The latter considers reality as divided into opposites, into abstract and intangible taxonomies that build imaginary walls between different expressions of what is known. Hot/cold, black/white, good/bad: physical or abstract concepts separated by a psychological border that distinguishes one entity from the other. 

The wall is an element of break, an impassable limit or a community perimeter. It has influenced painting, science and literature suggesting and encouraging a cultural production of unequaled fascination and importance. The walls are the canvas of artists like Raphael and Bansky. The walls enhance movies and literature. The walls, again, marked and still mark extremely painful moments of the international political scenario (from Berlin to Mexico).

 

For these reasons, the wall will be the protagonist of “The Wall”, the next exhibition of con-fine Art, a cutting-edge publishing house in the organization of high-cultural profile international exhibitions. Con-fine Art has already been the curator of “Dalì Experience” and the current “Bologna Experience”. With 100.000 visitors, both exhibitions successfully inaugurated a new concept of exhibition: an exhibition closer to the users, an exhibition that offers an immersive experience of the work of art. 

Through the exhibition of works of art by artists like Gianbattista Piranesi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Hitomi Sato, The Wall will tell and delve into the role of the wall in history, analyzing the meanings, connotations and tangible and abstract aspects that created the imagination and representativeness of this extremely fascinating element.

Consistently with a constantly changing artistic perception, opened to new unexpressed contributions, con-fine  Art invites all designers to design a series of installations. They have to be imagined in the most significant places of Bologna in order to involve the city in the thinking about the wall promoted by the exhibition.

 

“The Wall” gives designers a unique opportunity. With their creative contribution, they can take part in one of the most engaging exhibitions of the contemporary cultural scenario. They will boast a prestigious showcase to exhibit their work. With their ideas, they can also contribute to the international debate regarding the role and the meaning of one of the most inseparable protagonists in the history of humankind: the wall.

1° PRIZE / 5.000 € + EXHIBITION
2° PRIZE / 2.000 € + EXHIBITION
3° PRIZE / 1.000 € + EXHIBITION
n. 4 GOLD MENTIONS / 500 € + EXHIBITION
10 HONORABLE MENTIONS
15 FINALISTS MENTIONS

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giuria

Arnaldo Pomodoro
Massimo Iosa Ghini
IOSA GHINI ASSOCIATI
Edoardo Tresoldi
Franco Purini
STUDIO PURINI THERMES
TAM associati
TAMassociati
Valentina Silvestrini
ARTRIBUNE
Anna Rossellini
UNIBO
Alessandro Caruso
INSIDEART
Roberto Grandi
ISTITUZIONE BOLOGNA MUSEI
Patrizio Ansaloni
LOOP s.r.l.

faq

Where shall I upload the cover file?

The upload function for the cover file will be available at step 3 (project upload) from your team account a week before the deadline set for the project upload (November 13th).

Shall we design an installation for all locations you mentioned in the brief?

We require the design of an installation for at least one of the locations mentioned in the brief. Nevertheless,  you are allowed to design installations for more locations among those mentioned in the brief.

Where and for how long will the installation be exhibited?

The exhibition of winner projects will take place at Palazzo Belloni during the exhibition event  “The Wall. History, Art, Multimedia”. According to its feasibility, the winning project will be possibly realized following schedule and methods that will be set later.

Is there any height restriction?

No, there are no restrictions in height, as long as the installation is conceived in full respect of the surrounding architectural landscape.

Is there any budget for the design of the installation?

There is no specific budget set for the design of the installation. Nevertheless, taking a possible construction into consideration, the jury will positively evaluate economical sustainability and feasibility criteria.

Calendar / Fees

25 September 2017Start
15 October 2017End
“early birds” registrations     50 €/ team *
16 October 2017Start
12 November 2017End
“late” registrations     100 €/ team *
13 November 2017End
MATERIAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE
14 November 2017Start
Jury summoning
20 November 2017Start
Results announcement
*+22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect submission deadline.

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