Chaumont Festival, Fr
“Students, all to Chaumont!”
Poster for the 20th Celebration of the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont. Theme: “Being Twenty”.
The poster is an homage to Oskar Schlemmers’ Triadic Ballet of the I920s, as well as “Les Années Folles” (The Crazy/Golden Years of the early twenties).
My poster is an apply to my generation of young graphic designers: Beeing twenty, becoming mature, and celebrate life! The free translation of the quote on the poster means: “Live life! Architecture is the most precious in the arts of measurement: Let's align ourselves!” Oskar Schlemmer (Bauhaus University) aimed to highlight the inner conflict in modern human beings by means of an alternative concept, while mind and matter are connected in harmonic forms.
Unfortunately I was so focused in this project that I finally mixed up the reference date and I could not take part at this competition :-( what a bummer...
Les Années Folles
20th International Poster and Graphic Design Festival Chaumont, FR
Arcademy of Art and Design
Prof. Friedrich Friedl
Competition Task:/ BEING 20
This year, the Chaumont Festival will take place for the 20th time. Twenty years of experience means celebration as well as self-examination. For a cultural event, reaching the age of twenty is already a lot in terms of time and experience.
One can analyse and understand its necessity, measure its anchorage in the public space and in the consciousness of those who witness it in their town year after year.
In regards of the scale of art and culture History, it its a very short period of time. A period of time, just about sufficient to write and create its own space in this very History. The Festival was born relatively at the same time as the students, who this year will participate to the I6th "Students, all to Chaumont!" Competition. Let us remind that the first editions were dreamt up and organised by one of them, Manuel Delannoy, student at ENSAD, Amiens, as the subject of his diploma. Being twenty is for everyone an major moment. Transition from childhood and adolescence to adulthood, from emotional and material dependence towards an existential autonomy in perpetual progress. One asserts its choices, resists against whom despises them and becomes its own witness of an uneasy and sometimes painful progression onto another step called maturity. Daily things take up an important space that one could not have imagined. They are mixed up with more complex ideas on life one has created while maturing its own thoughts and critical sense. Exalting moment, that Pablo Picasso thought was the more artistically prolific of all and that Paul Nizan would described as such: "I was twenty. I would never let anybody say it was the most tender years. Everything is a threat to the young man: love, ideas, loss of his family, taking part with grown-ups. It is difficult to learn one’s own part of the world. What our world looked like? It looked like the chaos that the Greek described as the origin of the world. Yet we thought that it was the beginning of the end, the real end, not the one that is the beginning of beginning." We would like to question your experience at the very moment it is developing and asking a simple yet complicated question, what is it like to be twenty today, yesterday and tomorrow... May your energy turn into a magnificent poster full of life. Thank you.
The Poster has the dimensions of 60 x 80 cm
Bureau for Visual Affairs
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