I thought I would share this competition I spotted in a typography forum over the weekend that explores how 'Visual language and societal shifts correlate.'
FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS is a collaborative exploration of visual language that unites students, teachers, scholars, and ideas from across the globe. More than 150 students coming from more than 40 different countries have been involved so far. 'Globalmurmurs 2015' is an open call for submissions, accepting entries from around the world from:
→ Art & design faculty interested in integrating the project into their teaching.
→ Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students in visual communication, visual arts, design, typography, and related areas.
The project is inspired by the 3600-year-old Phaistos Disc, which is stamped with forty-five cryptic symbols and is one of the first known media technology artefacts––specifically movable type and typographic systems.
Instead of a clay disc, today’s medium will be code to create a curated archive of global voices addressing current issues: globalmurmurs 2015. Entries should deal with at least one of the following categories: → transforming gender → shifting cities → changing world. One of the submissions that really commanded my attention was this project by Clarisa Diaz
"The culture of the Nomad is a field in which existence is possible through minimal means. With only the cardinal directions as guiding points, the direction of the nomad is organic, leading to new possibilities. The nomad writes their own path by completing the statement: “ ______ is where I want to be.” To some this may be ‘home,’ a lover, everywhere, or nowhere. The statement becomes a question in which the nomad defines a search for value in the moment."
More information on the FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS website