COUNTDOWN is an international design platform aimed at exploring and supporting brand new research, experimentation and emerging experiences in the field of contemporary design.
It develops through a show-in-progress, a designer residency, site-specific and material-specific projects, and through an auction: so the COUNTDOWN marks all the creative process, from the realization of the artwork by the designer until the confrontation with the market and the alienation to the user.
The first edition is devoted to the topic of UP-CYCLING. It concerns not just the re-use of trash, but also a new and different use of obsolete and waste materials elevating them to a higher environmental value.
The UP-CYCLING edition will take place in 2012 in Bolzano, South Tyrol.
Ready, steady, go. The first phase of COUNTDOWN is a call for proposals. It is addressed to emerging or established designers, artists, architects from Italy and abroad, without limits based on nationality or age; students and young designers are encouraged to apply, too.
As COUNTDOWN is a wide platform, there are different ways to participate.
– sending a piece of work for the show-in-progress;
– coming to Bolzano to realize/end a piece of work during a designer in residence;
– coming to Bolzano to realize a site- or material-specific piece of work during a designer in residence.
There is no application form.
The project proposals have to consider the current edition topic.
Each designer may participate with one or more pieces of works. The proposed works may also not be recent and do not need to have been conceived and created specifically for COUNTDOWN.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS deadline is February 17, 2012.
All the selected works will be presented in the frame of COUNTDOWN platform in a show-in-progress and during weekly presentations to the public at the COUNTDOWN venue in Bolzano from February 1 to March 17, 2012.
The show will end with an auction that will sell to the public a selection of the exhibited pieces. Each participating designer is free to decide to submit his/her work for the final auction. It will be held in the frame of kunStart 12 – Biennial Art Fair for Emerging Contemporary Art and will be organized by Bozner Kunst Auktionen.