Call for projects

2nd edition of the Jacques Bonnaval International Design Research Prize

Deadline to 30 may 2021 24h00 (midnight)

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The Cité du design - Esadse is launching the second edition of the Jacques Bonnaval - International Design Research Prize 

This award aims to support a young designer researcher in the development of a project in Saint-Étienne, at the heart of the Cité du design-Esadse research platform, benefiting from all the resources of the establishment. The purpose of this prize is to support a formal research project and question, disseminate, and communicate on what design research is.
Benoit Verjat was the winner of the 2019 Jacques Bonnaval prize for his project entitled “Le loup, représentation visuelle, politique et incorporée” (“A visual,political, incorporated representation of the wolf”).

The research themes for the 2021– Jacques Bonnaval International Design Research Prize are :

1. Tactical design, teaching practices and collective participation;
2. Deconstruction of technical objects, biography of systems/objects, smart use of resources in the anthropocene era;
3. Free subject.

The residency

Jacques Bonnaval -  International Design Research Prize – includes:
- a 3 month residency at the Cité du design with access to all resources (research platform, material library, Esadse workshops, media library, etc.);
- the possibility of carrying out an experiment (or several) on the Saint-Etienne territory;
- the opportunity of seeing the research work exhibited at the 2023 Saint-Étienne International Design Biennial;
- a scholarship of € 5,000 (for the awardee's fees);
- a € 5,000 grant intended for the prototyping of the project.

At the end of the residency, the laureate undertakes to present his or her production (prototyping, layouts, etc.) and to submit a summary report to Esadse / Cité du design (15 pages max. ) as well as a series of captioned copyright-free images specifying and illustrating the project undertaken within the framework of the Jacques Bonnaval International Prize.


Candidates must complete the online form and download their files in A4 PDF format (max 10 p. 16mo) before 30 May 2021 24:00h (midnight)
The file must include:
- a curriculum vitae or a biography;
- a brief presentation of the candidate's research and productions
- a description of the research project purpose within the Jacques Bonnaval international prize residency.

Access the online form, Jacques Bonnaval International Research Design Prize 2021:

Application form


Applications will be classified by a jury made up of researchers from the Cité du design-Esadse and qualified personalities, according to the following criteria:
- relevance of the proposal with regard to the2021 themes;
- originality and singularity of the methodological approach;
- registration of the research project in a practice of contemporary creation.

The jury

The jury is made up of different personalitiesfrom the world of design, from different disciplines: a historian, aresearcher, a practitioner, a theorist, and a multidisciplinary member.
Alexandra Midal, President of the jury

Design researcher, design historian, curator,teacher at HEAD in Geneva, Alexandra Midal is the author, among other works, ofDesign, l’anthologie - the firstFrench-language anthology devoted to the history and theory of design.
Laurent Denize d'Estrées
Founder and President of the 14 septembreinfluence communication agency, Laurent Denize d'Estrées has been promoting anddefending design in all its forms for more than 35 years. Chairman of theParticule 14 association, creator of Design Tour and co-producer of FranceDesign, he is a member of the Boards of ENSAD and France Design Week, andparticipates in the facilitation of the Assises du Design.
Didier Faustino
French artist and architect Didier Faustinoworks on the relationship between body and space. His practice lies at thecrossroads of art and architecture.
After teaching at the AA School in London(Diploma Unit 2) for 6 years, then working as the editor-in-chief of the Frencharchitecture and design magazine CREE, Didier Faustino now devotes himselffully to architecture and art with many projects.
Gean Moreno
Gean Moreno is the curator of Programs at ICAMiami, where he founded and runs the Art + Research Center. He is the founderand currently co-director of [NAME] Publications, dedicated to the art andtheory of design, and collaborates with many publications such as e-flux, Artin America, Kaleidoscope, and MONU - Magazine for Urbanism.
Gwenola Wagon
Teacher-researcher and artist Gwenola Wagonfocuses her research on the relationship between the digital and the physicalworld.
At the same time, she leads a multifacetedartistic career, very often in collaboration with Stéphane Degoutin, with whomshe questions the places of the Internet, algorithms, the urban way of life,and work.


-May 30 , 2021: deadline for submitting applications
- June 09  2021: selection of the winner by the jury and announcement to the winner
-June 23 2021 : - May 25, 2021: presentation of the Jacques Bonnaval Prize during the 2021 International Design Biennale of Saint-Étienne of the winner
- October, November, December 2021: Residency at the Cité du design-Esadse and research development
- January 2022: presentation of research results at the Cité du design-Esadse
- April to July, 2021: presentation of the Jacques Bonnaval Prize during the 2021 International Design Biennale of Saint-Étienne

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 12th Saint-Étienne International Design Biennial, entitled Bifurcation, Cutting ToThe Chase, is postponed from April 6 to July 31, 2022.
This postponement reconfigures the Jacques Bonnaval Award in a new calendar. The call for applications is therefore extended until May 30, 2021 at midnight. The candidates who filed their applications on February 28 have all been contacted personally. For the sake offairness, no application has been reviewed to date.
The postponement of the biennial is anopportunity to present the project led by the winner at the 12th Saint-ÉtienneInternational Design Biennial, entitled Bifurcation, Cutting To The Chase.

par Marine Fulchiron Lecointe

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