Unbuilding Walls – Curators initiate Travel Fellowship

As a continuation of the UNBUILDING WALLS exhibition at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, the curators announce the awarding of two UNBUILDING WALLS Travel Fellowships with a value of 3.000 € each. The prize money supports an educational or project excursion, on-site research and the implementation of the results in concrete projects.

Eligible projects should be concerned with built, physical or strategic interventions aimed at overcoming barriers and can take the form of a concrete project or be of a political nature. Research work conducted as part of such projects should have a transformative artistic or creative aspect, i.e. be more than merely documentary in nature.These transformation processes can be presented in the form of models, designs, media installations, animations, photographic works or other similar formats. Applicants should specify the medium they intend to use as part of their project in the application.

Submit your application until December 31, 2018 at media@graftlab.com

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Best regards,
Ana Berlin + Team
on behalf of GRAFT


Projects should examine the respective physical as well as mental barriers and ways to overcome them. They can focus on urban and architectural questions as well as social and political aspects. Inspired by the exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS, projects may examine current debates on nations, protectionism and border demarcation as well as other barriers not necessarily related to nationalist perspectives. They might be concerned with social segregation and other “walls in the mind” and should incorporate and integrate social and sociological components as part of an overall holistic approach.

The results of the project must take the form of an artistic/creative work. The format in which they are submitted and presented can be chosen by the application. The subject or topic of the project should be communicated in a clear, presentable form suitable for exhibiting or presenting to the public. The scholarship holders commit themselves to a representative presentation of the objects and works that adequately meets the needs of an exhibition context. This applies just as much to architectural and urban designs and concepts as to artistic objects, animations and performance, film or photographic works.
Applicants agree to document their research trip in writing and pictures in the form of a booklet and to prepare this accordingly for presentation on completion of the project.

The Prize

The funding provided by the fellowship should be used to cover travel costs arising in conjunction with research on the topic and with experiencing the subject of study in question, as well as for completing the work conducted and its presentation.
The work that the fellowship will fund must be completed by October 2019. The results will be presented in November 2019.

Award of the Fellowship

The selection committee, comprising the politician Marianne Birthler (former Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic) and the three founding partners of GRAFT architecture office, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit, will decide jointly on the awarding of the fellowship based on the documents submitted by the applicants.
Fellowship funding will be paid in two instalments: 50% after the awarding of the fellowship and 50% on completion of the project.
photo: Journalists during the shooting of the interviews, shown in the 'Wall of Opinions'
in the German Pavilion La Biennale di Venezia