The 2012 student competition, entitled “Graphic design in public space: an active form”, is both a subject and an experiment.
For its 19th edition, the ‘Students – all to Chaumont!’ competition continues to evolve. After last year’s embrace of all the media that make up graphic design, this year’s judging panel has restricted entries to three media: poster, book and screen.
Chaired by Jocelyn Cottencin, a graphic designer (Lieuxcommuns studio), visual artist and lecturer at the École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, and also including Sylvie Boulanger, Sébastien Vonier, Béatrice Meline, Mieke Gerritzen and Patrick Lallemand, the panel has invited students to respond to the theme: ‘Graphic design in the public space: an active form’, i.e. to explore the discipline as a tool for critique and intervention in communal space. In so doing, the panel is encouraging entrants to consider graphic design’s modes of, and capacity for, action through the forms it deploys; plus its ability to mediate and disseminate messages, signs, symbols and images in public space. The selected projects are then presented in context: the posters will be displayed in public locations; the books can be perused at Les Silos; and the screen-based, web and animated propositions can be viewed on the Festival website.
Jocelyn Cottencin (chairman), Sylvie Boulanger, Sébastien Vonier, Béatrice Meline, Mieke Gerritzen and Patrick Lallemand.