DECODE competition is open for entries yet again. Young artists can enter in the categories of art and architecture. Choose your favourite project and tell us the story behind the concept! Thanks to the supporters and the popularity of the event the renumeration of the award this year is 1,200,000 HUF in total. In addition to these good news the exhibition will not only be accessible in person but virtually as well.

BORD Contemporary Architectural and Art Foundation is organizing a prize competition and exhibition entitled DECODE. The organizers is expecting entries that are built around stories. The aim of the exhibition is to demonstrate the thoughts or philosophical ideas behind architectural and artistic projects that make them unique and valuable artifacts.

A professional jury comprising of prestigious artists and architects will select the materials to be exhibited and awarded. The total renumeration of DECODE in two categories (architecture and visual/applied art) altogether is a net sum of 1,200,000 HUF. The exhibition featuring some the applications will take place 11-18 November 2020 in Faur Zsofi Gallery, Budapest.

 

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DECODE competition rules

The competition invites all Hungarians and foreigners who are aged 18-35 and have a degree from a university or art school (or are still students, intern or scholarship holders in any of these institutions) in architecture or visual/applied art (designer, fine artist, artist, new media/video artist or photographer).  The organizers accept team applications as well and it is particularly appreciated if mixed teams apply. In the case of a mixed team (architects and artists) an application can only be entered in one category  chosen by the team itself.

In order to take part in the competition, applicants must register.

Applicants can register on decode@bordstudio.hu with the subject: “registration” until 18 October 2020. Applications are to be sent in after receiving the confirmation for the registration until midday, 22. October 2020.

The registration email must include:

  • name of applicant(s)
  • birth date of applicant(s)
  • short professional CV (max 1000 characters)
  • category (architecture or visual/applied art)

The method of the digital uploading of the registered projects for the competition will be sent in email by the organizer. The registration email must not contain any questions.

Enquiries and questions about the competition must be sent in a separate email to the same address: decode@bordstudio.hu but this time the subject must be “enquiry”. The deadline of sending in enquiries is 5. October 2020.

Subject of DECODE Competition and the material to be handed in

The task of competitors is to present an own work that is built on the concept of a philosophical idea. How is a creation born? There is a given task or topic, in the case of architecture the location which is accompanied by an idea or inspiration that will build up a story. This story building up the concept will appear throughout the creative process the end result of which is a strong, unique artifact. Our task is to draw attention to the philosophical background of art and introduce that in a widely comprehensible way. Therefore the main element of the competition project is to present its concept.

The applications and videos of the previous competition can be found on the following channel: DECODE ARTHITECTURE YouTube

Applicants can enter in two categories: architecture or visual/applied arts.

Category of Architecture

Competitors are expected to create a concept the result of which is an implemented or a non-implemented architectural work. The task is to make a presentation that focuses on the strong ideas behind the work that reflects on the location or function. In a way it makes the “story” widely comprehensible and we can even experience it as we are being shown around in the building.

Applicants must hand in:

  • the detailed presentation of the work that introduces the background story of the concept based on which the project was implemented or not implemented. Entry works must be handed in in the form of a single, maximum 3 minutes, minimum 30 seconds long media file (mp4, avi, wmv. e.g.: saved from PowerPoint, wmv, pdf, Prezi, etc., any screen recorded media file) in HD quality (1280×720). The media file can contain a slideshow, animation, film, plan, photos, stop-motion, hand made or digital drawings or charts, subtitles, sound, music, narration, etc. The best entries will be projected at the DECODE exhibition, therefore this presentation must include all information necessary to understand the entry’s topic. If the presentation includes sound /narration it needs to be subtitled. If the presentation includes music the applicant must consider legal and technical issues about sharing it publicly (copyright laws, mentioning musicians/composers. etc.) If the presentation includes written text it should not be longer than 250 words and  should follow the pace of natural reading.   Its language should be either English or Hungarian.
  • The above presentation can be supplemented by a mockup or scale model. The winners will have the opportunity to exhibit this item (based on prior discussions ref. logistics and adhering to the physical limits of the gallery).
  • A short summary (a ‘statement’) of the project’s concept and background in no more than 2500 characters in En/Hu in .docx or .pdf format.

Category of Visual/Applied Arts

The task of applicants is to create an own artifact (or specific local project carried out on any building) that is centred around the “story” and is inspired by the atmosphere of any fictitious, real, abstract or metaphorical place. The entry can be either a concept plan or a ready made artifact.

Applicants must hand in:

  • the presentation of the work that redefines the selected project’s story. The presentation must be a detailed elaboration on how a plot can transform into something new: a unique and unreproducible artifact. Entry works must be handed in in the form of a single, maximum 3 minutes, minimum 30 seconds long media file (mp4, avi, wmv. e.g.: saved from PowerPoint, wmv, pdf, Prezi, etc., any screen recorded media file) in HD quality (1280×720). The media file can contain a slideshow, animation, film, plan, photos, stop-motion, hand made or digital drawings or charts, subtitles, sound, music, narration, etc.. The best entries will be projected at the DECODE exhibition, therefore this presentation must include all information necessary to understand the entry’s topic. If the presentation includes sound /narration it needs to be subtitled. If the presentation includes music the applicant must consider legal and technical issues about sharing it publicly (copyright laws, mentioning musicians/composers. etc.) If the presentation includes written text it should not be longer than 250 words and   should follow the pace of natural reading.   Its language should be either English or Hungarian.
  • The above presentation can be supplemented by an artifact. The winners will have the opportunity to exhibit this item (based on prior discussions ref. logistics and adhering to the physical limits of the gallery).
  • A short summary (a ‘statement’) of the project’s concept and background in no more than 2500 characters in En/Hu in .docx or.pdf format.

Prizing and exhibition of competition entries

In the second round members of the jury will decide on the awarded works in each category from among the shortlisted applications. The exhibition material will comprise of the winning entries and the projects of BORD and its guest exhibitor(s). The jury will select maximum three entries in each category.

Assessment criteria:

  • uniqueness of presented story and coherence with plan or artifact
  • visual outlook of the presentation

The prizing of the DECODE Award competition in each category is:

  • One 1st prize: net 500,000 HUF
  • Two “promising project” prizes worth net 50,000 HUF each

Winners of DECODE competition will be announced in Faur Zsofi Gallery (Budapest XI. 25 Bartók Béla út)   at 6pm., 11. November 2020 at the representative opening of DECODE exhibition. The exhibition will be open to visit until 18. November 2020. The award ceremony and the opening will be organized in line with the latest pandemic regulations so as to protect and look after each other. It might be possible that the number of visitors at the events will be limited or the entire event will be streamed on a digital platform. Throughout the exhibition a day will be dedicated to each awarded participant when they will expect visitors to the exhibition and talk to them about their works personally.

As part of the programme there is going to be a round table discussion titled DECODEing with the winners on 18. November 2020. The round table discussion will be organized in line with the latest pandemic regulations. It might be possible that the number of visitors at the event will be limited or participants will be obliged to register in advance or the entire event will be streamed on a digital platform if necessary.

Schedule and deadlines of  the DECODE Award Competition and Exhibition

  • 01 September – competition launch
  • 05 October – handing in questions and enquiries strictly in written form to decode@bordstudio.hu
  • 12 October – publishing answers for questions and enquiries
  • 18 October, 24:00 – online registration deadline in email to decode@bordstudio.hu
  • 22 October, 12:00 – deadline of handing in entries
  • 11 November – exhibition opening, announcement of results, award ceremony
  • 18 November – round table discussion with winners of categories
  • 11-18 November – exhibition in  Faur Zsófi Gallery
  • 19 November – artifacts and exhibition material is handed back to applicants

Members of the professional jury of DECODE

  • Péter Bordás, Founder of BORD Architectural Studio, Head of Jury
  • Levente Szabó DLA, Ybl- and Pro Architectura Prize awarded architect, Head of Department at Technical University of Budapest, Faculty of Architecture
  • Anthony Gall Phd, Ybl- and Pro Architectura Prize awarded architect, Professor and appointed Dean at Faculty of Architecture, Óbuda University Ybl Institution of Architectural Engineering
  • János Golda, Ybl- Prima and Pro Architectura Prize awarded architect
  • Borbála Kálmán, Art Historian, Curator of Ludwig Museum – Contemporary Museum of Arts
  • Etentuk Inemesit, Cultural Manager, Founder of Artlocator application and Artlocator Magazine
  • Krisztián Kukla, Art Director of Art Quartet