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Stefan Simchowitz and his arts organization, simco’s club, are excited to announce the inaugural edition of a biennial virtual architecture and exhibition design competition. This as an opportunity for architects to develop low-risk, digital interactions between art, architecture, and viewer that differ in form and medium from the traditional museum and gallery white box model.
We recognize that most architectures remain unrealized and exist solely within the archives of design firms or publications. Such projects are flexible, productive, and provocative real estate for staging web-based digital art exhibitions. For us, online infrastructures have proven unconventional, yet highly effective grounds for engagement with the arts.
The primary objective for participants is to curate a virtual art exhibition within an unrealized project site. Applicants will submit the final layout via a set of eight or fewer digital media files. A ‘digital media file’ in this case is defined as any file format presentable on a website and which does not require specialized softwares or hardwares. Examples include renderings, architectural drawings, video walkthroughs, VR (hosted on YouTube, etc), or photography, among others. A successful entry will effectively demonstrate a firm’s unique architectural sensibilities, curatorial prowess, innovativeness within the space of exhibition design, and originality in documenting their virtual exhibition.
We strongly suggest that participants hold a restorative eye to their archives instead of conceiving new projects expressly for this competition. Their selections should not be museum or gallery typologies. Think outside the white-box. Upon registration, participants will be provided with a link to a cloud folder that contains a sandbox of high resolution images of artworks by artists. Competing firms will also be given the contact information of contributing artists, should they wish to collaborate more closely over the course of this project. It is then up to the participant to curate from this selection to stage the show, and to document accordingly. Both solo and group presentations are valid. Further specifics will be provided upon the time of registration.
The submission process is exactly four-month long, running from 07/16/2018 to 11/16/2018. A diverse panel of judges will select the twelve most successful projects and publish them for online exhibition, one per month, in alphabetical order of participants’ titles. This same committee will also select the two winning entries, which will be named at the culmination of the year-long exhibition process. This panel will be multi-disciplinary in nature, consisting of well- established architects, critics, historians, and philanthropists, the names of
whom will be made public at the end of the judging process. The first-place entry will receive a $10,000 prize, and the second, a prize of $3,000. In addition, the winning two firms will be invited back in consecutive years to curate and exhibit more shows, should they wish to do so.
To initiate the application process, a firm must email a brief introduction demonstrating interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include the email addresses of all parties wanting access to the cloud-based dossier. Please also note that this competition is open to practicing firms only. The deadline to register is 06/22/2018. The portal for submissions will open on 07/16/2018. It will then close on 11/16/2018 at 8:00PM EST.
Edward S. Curtis
Frederic Bruly Bouabre
Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
Jeffrey Alan Scudder
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Takunda Regis Billiat
Tony de los Reyes