Ghost Project 2014: Call for International Design Competition

MIKSER FESTIVAL 2014 CALLS FOR INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION
„GHOST PROJECT 2014: SOCIAL INNOVATION”

ABOUT GHOST PROJECT
Ghost Project is an international platform for talented individuals in the area of product design. Starting as a small local exhibition of unexecuted projects in 2006, Ghost Project has grown to one of the largest regional reviews of design talents from around the world, enhancing the exchange between designers from different cultural backgrounds and giving unique insight into upcoming design resources.

THEME
The Ghost Project’ slogan: Social Innovation calls for new concepts, initiatives and solutions that use design tools to strengthen community. We encourage projects whose innovative features are driven by social demands rather than the market. Competition embraces creative re-combination of existing assets: human capital, cultural heritage, local craftsmanship and accessible innovative technology aiming at establishing communication, sustainability and sense of common well-being within a contemporary civic society.

COMPETITION SUBJECT
Design concepts, community projects, products, furniture, lighting, interior elements, everyday objects, home accessories, fashion garments, stationary, aid products, recycled materials, etc. that offer innovative yet rational solutions to everyday problems. Criteria appreciated by the Jury: innovative features that enhance the quality of contemporary life; ergonomics; rational production costs; use of materials available locally; environmentally friendly production process; significant social impact.

JURY
Ana Kraš, Product designer, Photographer, Illustrator, New York City, USA
Jelena Matić, Furniture Designer; Professor, Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade; Serbia
Jovana Zhang Furniture designer; Design Director, Pinwu studio, Hangzhou, China
Maja Lalić, Architect; Creative Director and Founder, Mikser Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
Nikola Radeljković, Product Designer; Numen / ForUse, Zagreb, Croatia
Salih Teskeredžić, Product Designer; Professor, Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

GENERAL TERMS
The competition is open to all persons aged 35 years and younger, from all over the world.
Applicants may be individuals or groups of creators.
Each applicant may submit more than one entry.

DEADLINES
The competition is open from 30 March – 30 April 2014. The jury will announce the results of competition: The Exhibition, Ghost Project, on 5 May 2014. The Ghost Project exhibition takes place from 3 - 8 June 2014. The Mikser Festival Awards Ceremony will be held at the last day of the Ghost Project exhibition at the Mikser Festival 2014.

REGISTRATION AND PROJECT SUBMISSION
Applicants will be able to register and submit their projects by filling in a Ghost Project form online at http://ghost.mikser.rs/ until 30 April 2014.

AWARD
Award – Participation in Mikser Festival 2014:
Ghost Project Exhibition / Design Marathon - Portfolio Presentation / Design Workshops / Mikser Awards Ceremony

Winners of the Competition will become participants of the Mikser Festival 2014, Southeast Europe's largest regional festival of creativity and innovation taking place in Belgrade’s creative quarter of Savamala, from 3-8 June, 2014. The award includes:

a) Participation in the central talent exhibition Ghost Project 2014: Social Innovation;
b) Public presentation of the winner’s work at the international Design Marathon;
c) Active participation in one of the festival Creative Workshops* run by mentors who are renown international professionals coming from various fields of creative disciplines.
d) International Jury made of respectful professionals, guests of the Mikser Festival, will award the best projects with special recognitions in several product categories which will be announced at the Mikser Awards Ceremony, on the last day of the festival.

*detailed program of workshops and the list of the Jury members to be announced with the final program of the Mikser Festival 2014 at the beginning of May 2014

IMPORTANT NOTES
By submitting this application, designers commit - if selected to participate in the Ghost Project 2014 exhibition - to produce prototypes and secure their presence at the Mikser Festival in Belgrade at their own expense, to take active participation in the Mikser workshops and presentations, to bring their prototypes to the festival venue on 2 June 2014, and remove them from the festival venue on 9 June 2014.

MIKSER will exhibit the winning entries during Mikser Festival, from 3-8 June 2014. Upon the announcement of the competition results, the Organizer will contact the laureates to provide them with the official invitation letter to accompany their prototypes during the transportation and local information for affordable accommodation.

The decisions of the jury are final. Any claims arising in relation to the authorship of the design or of possible plagiarism thereof, will be the responsibility of the designer. In the event of non-fulfillment of any of the rules herein, the design submitted will be excluded from the Competition.

Inquiries:
ghostproject@mikser.rs

ORGANIZER:
Mikser Association

www.mikser.rs

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