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THE PHAISTOS PROJECT
OPEN CALL

Visual language and societal shifts correlate.

THE PHAISTOS PROJECT | FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS is accepting entries from around the world: Deadline is December 15, 2016. This international call is open to:

→ Art & design faculty interested in integrating the project into their teaching.

→ Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students in visual communication, visual arts, design, typography, and related areas.

THE TOPIC

Why is visual language more important than ever?

The project is inspired by the 3600-year-old Phaistos Disc, which is stamped with forty-five cryptic symbols and is one of the first known media technology artefacts––specifically movable type and typographic systems.

Instead of a clay disc, today’s medium will be code to create a curated archive of global voices addressing current issues: globalmurmurs 16/17. Entries should deal with at least one of the following categories: → transforming gender → shifting cities → changing world.

A printed publication (encyclopedia/dictionary/lexicon) and a travelling exhibition are planned.

More information on the
FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS website

THE CHALLENGE

What's the assignment?

The challenge is to use your strength as a creative individual to develop a set of forty-five symbols that tells your individual message in a specific visual language.

You may visualize political, economic, ecological, or social challenges for us as individuals or as society––in the past, present, or future. You may also address personal concerns, ideas, or imaginations in a more poetic, artistic, or aesthetic way.

While each symbol of the set is a discrete element, their entirety should convey a sense of responsible global citizenship that is driven by personal agency.

THE CATEGORIES

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PHAISTOS DISC: 01 PEDESTRIAN

transforming gender

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  • Gender Identity
  • Subjective experience of my own gender
  • Social identity, gender binary & transgender
  • Subculture and queer
  • Xenophobia, homophobia and racism
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PHAISTOS DISC: 17 BEEHIVE

shifting cities

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  • Physical urban space & digital networks
  • Surveillance, being a data provider and a data receiver
  • Municipal services & social integration of the different population groups in a community
  • Sustainable gentrification of urban areas without displacement
  • rural depopulation, refugees
  • Urban growth, pollution and environmental degradation
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PHAISTOS DISC: 25 FISH

changing world

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  • Climate Change
  • Adaptation versus migration
  • Unbalanced living circumstances & sustainable systems
  • Consumption, overproduction, oversupply
  • Limited ressources vs renewable ressources
  • Financial systems and economic growth



WHY PARTICIPATE?

What's the deal?

The FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS project started in 2013 and united a global and diverse community of students and scholars through workshops, classes, publications and an exhibition.

Become part of the project and our community! Connect with international peers and get published in a brand new publication in 2016.

Entries will be evaluated by an international jury and selected for the next printed magazine and the website.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Entries have to be submitted as a zip file to:
globalmurmurs // at // 45symbols // dot // com

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    Schedule

    May 2016
    Project launch and open call
    October 2016 --- EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 30th
    Register your project, your class or your group through this form at the end of the website
    December 15, 2016
    Submit your work
    January 2017
    Jury meeting and participation selection for website and publication/exhibition

  • 3

    How to submit

    Entries have to be submitted as a zip file to:
    globalmurmurs // at // 45symbols // dot // com

    One folder with all Symbols as PNG
    black and white only
    1800x1800 pixel
    naming conventions: myproject001.png -- myproject045.png

    One folder with all Symbols as EPS
    black and white only
    1800x1800 pixel
    naming conventions: myproject001.eps -- myproject045.eps

    One PDF that includes (in English)
    A project description of max 200 words that explains how the symbols create a narrative to address a current issue that matters.
    A title and optional description for each symbol (100 words max each).
    Contact Info: Name, Postal Address, Email, Telephone number, Name and Address of Institution.
    Your Bio-data/Personal Information: Maximum of 200 words.

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    Terms & Conditions

    Projects need to be registered through a faculty member of an art or design school.

    Participants are entirely responsible for the legality of their designs.

    Participants are also responsible for making sure that their works do not infringe any third-party rights. The organisers are not responsible for the accuracy of information provided by participants.

    Project organisers will ensure that projects submitted to the competition will not be used for commercial purposes without a written permission of their rightsholders.

    Entries and parts thereof may be published only for informational purposes and to promote the competition.

    Participants agree that their work will be transformed into a webfont and published online.

  • 2

    Organizer

    The project is hosted by the working/research group “45 symbols”

    Pascal Glissmann, Assistant Professor
    Parsons School for Design New York

    Andreas Henrich, Professor
    Academy of Media Arts Cologne

    Olivier Arcioli, Lecturer and researcher
    Academy of Media Arts Cologne

    Alex Lardaro & Carolina Acosta
    Research Assistants 2014/15

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CASE STUDIES

The FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS project was launched in 2013. More than 120 students participated in classes and workshops to express ideas, identity, concerns, or appreciation in visual systems. The following projects were developed during this initial period and respond to some kind of social change. They reflect the spirit of globalmurmurs.

Putin’s Russia

Alexander Breyley

Suburban Midwest

Taylor Childers

Wonderland

HUI Hong Man

Nomad Script

Clarisa Diaz

Motherland

Daniela M. Casado

What drives you?

What makes you angry?

Why are you happy?

Where is change needed?

FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS workshops in NEW YORK, BOGOTA, FALMOUTH AND COLOGNE

THE JURY

Selected entries will be published in the 2016 FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS publication and transformed into webfonts for the 45symbols website. The curating committee consists of global experts, professionals and scholars working in the field of visual language, fine arts and design. Confirmed are:

Randa Abdel Baki

Associate Professor Communication Design
Lebanese American University Beirut

Olivier Arcioli

Lecturer & Researcher
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
&
Founder
atelier grün

Annelie Franke

Associate Professor Communication Design
Universidad de los Andes Bogotá
&
Founder
AF Photography

Pascal Glissmann

Assistant Professor Art, Media & Technology
Parsons School for Design New York
&
Founder
subcologne design studio

Andreas Henrich

Professor
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
&
Founder
henrich design studio

Mariko Takagi

Assistant Professor Typography
Hong Kong Baptist University
&
Founder
mikan design studio

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