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Wedstrijd voor recycledesign
Wat doen we met de berg (afgedankte) materialen die nergens meer voor gebruikt worden? We Beat The Mountain organiseert in samenwerking met stichting Blue Ribbon een ontwerpwedstrijd voor functionele designproducten die volledig zijn vervaardigd uit gerecycled materiaal.
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Open Call for Artists: Tallin Applied Art Triennial 2012/ The Art of Collecting
Open call for artists: Tallinn Applied Art Triennial 2012: “The Art of Collecting”. Curator Love Jönsson. Deadline for phase 1 (submission of digital images for the competition): March, 5, 2012. More info on:
Collecting is a human activity that does not cease to fascinate. Anything can be an object for collecting, from worn-out everyday utensils to the most desirable works of art. We collect things as a pastime, as a mission in life, or just because we can’t help it.
Any kind of collection establishes links between the collected items and constructs borders between what is in the collection and what isn’t. Thus collecting shines a search light – directly or indirectly – on the relationship between objects. Needless to say, it also turns our attention towards the relationship between mankind and its objects.
Speaking in general terms, to collect is to place in order, to systematise and to establish control over things. Thus, collecting can be described as an attempt to avoid chaos or to simply make the world more comprehendible and meaningful in our minds. For the individual collector, however, it is for the most part an act of love. Collecting is never done half-heartedly. It can be a struggle, a passion and a source of despair. In extreme cases, it can become an obsession.
Needless to say, people do not only collect things. For many people, collecting experiences is just as thrilling – birdwatching perhaps being the most striking example. The rise of digital, virtual reality has not diminished the desire for a true live experience, be it to see another rare specimen or to bring together a collection of objects.
Like all human activity, collecting also carries with it a social dimension. On various extremes of the scale we find the thousands of pairs of high-end shoes acquired by Imelda Marcos during her time as first lady of the Phillippines and the shocking, depressing homes of compulsive hoarders documented in television reality shows.
Among the institutions whose primary task is to collect – museums – their approaches vary. If natural science museums often house meticulously ordered collections of minerals, plants and animals, reflecting a desire to compile a complete record of the world, then folk museums are often marked by more whimsical collecting strategies, focusing on objects that are familiar, odd, or simply old.
One of the peculiarities of collecting is that its underlying goal towards coherence and clarification sometimes fails, since objects refuse to conform or adhere to established categories. The ceramic artist Edmund de Waal once commented on the “unexpected, poetic moment” he found in a taxonomic list of museum objects: alongside 5090 pieces listed as vessels, one was listed as “a vessel, perhaps”.
The Triennial welcomes entries that in any form deal with themes related to collecting and collections. The exhibition is open for individual creators as well as artists’ groups from all disciplines of the applied arts. Apart from traditional object types such as vessels, utensils, sculptures, tapestries, clothes and pieces of jewellery or furniture, the triennial also welcomes works in other genres.
Love Jönsson (Sweden)