International Marianne Brandt Contest 2016
What do the questions of the classical modern era mean to today’s designers, artists, and photographers? Since 2000, the International Marianne Brandt Contest in Chemnitz has been asking the world how design debates that influenced the historical Bauhaus and therefore also the Chemnitz Bauhaus representative Marianne Brandt can be made productive today. In 2016, the topic was “material effects,” asking the question: “How does material inspire design?”. For the exhibition in the Chemnitz Industry Museum and for this book, 60 works by young designers and artists were selected from over 400 submissions from more than 30 countries in the categories “Experiments”, “Photography” and “Product designs.” Essays by Sophie Aigner, Chiara Isadora Artico, Patricio Farrell, Linda Pense, Steffen Reiter, Chiara Scarpitti, and Andy Scholz incorporate the presented works into an extensive material discourse.
The sponsor of the competition is the art association Villa Arte e.V. Chemnitz. The competition is supported by the Industry Museum Chemnitz, Vitra GmbH and Smow GmbH, as well as the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the city of Chemnitz.