Observations, Lessons and Solutions from the Geographic Periphery
The Arctic Design School, Urals State University of Architecture and Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia, is now inviting proposals for a joint exhibition scheduled for April 2020. The exhibition is a part of a fundamental project “Arctic Design” supported by the Russian Science Foundation (project #17-78-20047). With this exhibition, the Arctic Design School aims to continue the ASAD network initiative to organize collaborative events that encourage visitors to engage with research in Arctic art and design. The detailed description of the topic is provided further.
The exhibition is designed to be mobile, i.e. transportable to different physical settings – various public spaces, for example, galleries of participating universities. Thus, the variety of accepted media is limited to: Photography, Digital Graphic, Digital Visual Design, and Video. Participation is free of charge and the organizers will cover printing/exhibiting costs.We encourage students and research/teaching staff of the universities – members of the ASAD network – to apply. We also welcome proposals from external artists and designers and art/design educators.
The Thematic Focus
The idea of the exhibition comes from The Indigenuity Project by artists Joar Nango and Silje Figenschou Thoresen. In 2010-2012, they conducted a journey through northern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway to examine the concept of indigenuity, which is the local and indigenous ingenuity in everyday design in severe Arctic conditions.
In our exhibition, we would like to pick up where they left and put the investigation of the local and vernacular design tradition on a new level: to discuss what designers can learn, how they can creatively and ethically utilize this local knowledge, and how to integrate this knowledge into the art/design educational practice.
We encourage the widest possible understanding of this topic, where the following contrasting viewpoints can meet, interweave or collide:
- Design in the Arctic: a merely geographical association based on what the land can provide, without giving anything in return. This statement is probably best evident through the examples of the extractive industry and that of Arctic/Northern tourism.
- Design with the Arctic: a mutually beneficial engagement with the land and the people, with an emphasis on inclusive participation.
- Design from the Arctic: technologies and know-how that the Arctic area can export to the rest of the world, particularly in connection with the need of a more sustainable and sensible use of resources.
The Exhibition Venue
The exhibition will be held at the Ural Design Development Centre (UDDC, see http://ucrd.ru/)), which is a part of the USUAA and is located conveniently in the central area of the city of Ekaterinburg. The UDDC provides three floors of vibrant exhibition space for students, staff, alumni, visitors and the local and wider community. Together with the Museum of Ural Architecture and Design (which is also a part of the USUAA), UDDC occupies the historical building of the iron and steel mill which gave birth to the city in 1723. The UDDC and the Museum regularly host conferences, exhibitions and other activities.
• Submission of artwork proposals and by 15 January 2020. Successful contributors will be notified by 31 January 2020.
• Upload files by 14th February 2020.
• Exhibition 13-30th April 2020.
Curators of the exhibition:
Alexandra Raeva, Research Fellow, Arctic Design School, Ural State University of Architecture and Art, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Svetlana Usenyuk-Kravchuk, Head of Innovation and Creativity Research Lab, Arctic Design School, Ural State University of Architecture and Art, email@example.com.
CONTRIBUTOR APPLICATION FORM
• Authors/artists (list the names of all authors/artists including yourself if you are the author/artist in the order in which you wish them to appear in the printed text).
• Short biography, please include affiliations, contact details including email, and/or website (maximum 100 words).
• Please list title, technique, medium, year, and size of the artwork. Please keep in mind that the variety of accepted media is limited to: Photography, Digital Graphic, Digital Visual Design, and Video. The maximum printed size is A0;
• Limit to 3 artworks, or one educational project;
• Artist’s Statement (please explain in no more than 150 words how the work meets the topic of the exhibition);
• A clear description of space and devices needed for showing the artwork;
• Please attach max three (3) photos of the proposed artworks. Artwork photos must be print quality (resolution 300 dpi, jpg format, file size max 8Mb)
Please, complete and return the APPLICATION FORM by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15 January 2020.
If you have any questions, need more information or if we missed something important, please do not hesitate to contact us,
Svetlana and Alexandra
email@example.com (+7 922 015 96 77)
firstname.lastname@example.org (+7 901 150 22 15)