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Open Call for the Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2020

Open call  /  29 Jan 2020  -  31 Mar 2020
Published: 29.01.2020
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Intro
SILVER Festival 2020 has been canceled officially. Exhibitions within the framework of Legnica SILVER Festival, including the 29th International Jewellery Competition Still Human?  will be held in 2021, during the next SILVER Festival. The competition will also be settled and the results announced then. The deadlines for submitting and returning the works to their authors, dates of jury proceedings and the announcement the winners (Festival culmination) have been changed (postponed). Other arrangements remain unchanged.

>> Updated Terms & Regulations of the 29th International Jewellery Competition Still Human?
>> Official media release concerning the cancellation of the Legnica SILVER Festival.

 
A holographic Whitney Houston is just setting off on a European tour, and she is not the first pop idol resurrected to perform “live” again...  You can plan a holiday in space because in two years' time a hotel on orbit will be available for an exorbitant price of nearly $800,000 per day!

A brave new world? Is it really for us?

We, humans, are drowning in depression - in ten years' time, depression will be the most common disease of mankind, although even today only 5% of the population are considered thoroughly healthy. Obesity kills three times as many people as famine, while death from exhaustion happens every second in the world, with half the food produced globally being wasted. In our civilized world, wars, attacks, assaults and massacres still pay off, and two out of five murdered women in the world are killed at home by their partner.

Today, as the philosopher writes ominously, we can only fear ourselves.(1)

Even ethnocentrism and the Copernican Revolution have not cured us of selfishness, nor have they taught us humility in the face of nature’s greatness and the power of its elements. Living in a post-human reality shared with humanoid mutants, clones, cyborgs and hybrids, we still refuse to accept the crisis of anthropocentrism.

In an era when machines are smarter than people and it is with them that we spend most of the day, when we irreversibly overgrow with plastic (it is deposited in our bodies and at the bottom of the oceans), when we are able to examine, produce and sell everything, we continue to argue about the humanity of the zygote, the primitive tribes, the coloured races, or finally the urban existence that isolates us from nature and the natural rhythm of day and night, replacing the bonds of neighbourhood with media-communities. We still need bodies, but aesthetic medicine and medical nanotechnologies, body art with Orlan and Stelarc at the forefront, body hacking and virtual reality evidence the fact that we are just crossing this immemorial border. We haven’t got rid of the reptile's brain, but we have gained a smartphone thumb, we haven’t freed ourselves from animal instincts, but we get cybersex and adrenaline... in the cinema chair.
Would the first cloned sheep Dolly or Alba (the fluorescent rabbit by Eduardo Kac) forgive us? And the lions, elephants and whales killed mindlessly on a whim, or dolphins, whom we defined as non-human persons in 2013, but still imprison, abuse and kill? Choosing the concrete jungle, the virtual world, swallowing synthetic dietary supplements, drinking nutritional drinks - are we as human as our ancestors? Turning away from other people and towards ourselves in a selfie gesture – are we still human? Have we conquered the world or have we destroyed it?

Behind all this, there are human beings... But are they still human?
 
1 Jolanta Brach-Czaina, Błony umysłu, Warsaw, Sic! Publishing House, 2003, p. 123


The 29th International Jewellery Competition& Still Human?& organized by the Gallery of Art in Legnica within the framework of Legnica SILVER Festival.​

Aim
The aim of the Competition is a wide presentation of the latest achievements of contemporary jewellery art. The works should be jewellery in a broad sense of the word, represent a high artistic and executive level, include an original creative concept and a clear reference to the theme of the Competition. The Organizers do not set any limits as to the materials and techniques used. However, emphasizing the 40-year tradition of the Festival, we suggest the use of silver.

Key dates:
May 31, 2020: Deadline for submitting works.
January/February, 2021: Jury proceedings.
April - June, 2021: Post-contest exhibition within the framework of Legnica SILVER Festival.
May, 2021: SILVER Festival culmination &award giving ceremony.
Submitted works will remain at Organizer’s disposal till August 31, 2022 due to planned shows in various locations.

Statutory Prizes:
Grand Prix: 10,000 PLN + 1 kg of silver.
2nd Prize: 5,000 PLN + 1 kg of silver.
Award of the Mayor of Legnica City: 3,000 PLN + 1 kg of silver.
Award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica: a solo exhibition with a catalogue worth 5,000 PLN.
Special Award for courage, innovation, uncompromising or joking character of the creative expression: „Silver Spur” statuette + 1 kg of silver.
The jury reserves the right to distribute the prizes in a different way.

Extra Statutory Prizes - Outside Jury's Competence:
Inhorgenta Munich Award: stand at Inhorgenta Munich 2022, worth 2,000 €.
PB Group Award: stand at the Jubinale 2022 Summer Jewelry and Watch Trend Fair in Kraków + an advertisement in the PB Catalogue in 2022.
The choice of extra-statutory prize winners is up to the prize Founder. The Organizer reserves the right to make changes to the above prize list for reasons beyond the Organizer’s control.
Foreign Authors will receive the financial and material prizes only if they are personally present or their designated representative is present at the award giving ceremony in May, 2021 or if they personally collect their prizes on a different date by June 30, 2021.
Poster of Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2020..
Poster of Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2020.

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