Urban Festival UIT in Tartu, Estonia has announced an open call for installations on the theme of ‘Parasitic Architecture’.
The call invites you to create installation urban parasites that use already existing structures as their base. In architecture, parasitism has its origins in grassroots projects, where residents have added features to the city that they think are missing, using existing structures creatively and adding elements of their own design.
What do you feel is lacking in Tartu, or on the contrary, is there an excess of some resources? The organisers are looking for inventive ways for addressing problems and adding functions to the environment. The parasitic objects created in the city do not have to be large in size, but they have to have a clear function for the inhabitants (be they two- or four-legged) and be as interactive as possible.
The project will be realised as a temporary installation in public space. The approach to the installation is open to interpretation and can be cross-disciplinary, with the installation exhibited during the festival week (18-21 August 2021). The festival encourages the use of recycled materials so that the works are as sustainable as possible.
The open call is mainly addressed to students of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, installation, and sculpture, but all others interested in public space are more than welcome to participate.
The festival offers a fee for the participants (1000€) and covers production costs (up to 1000€) in addition to compensating transportation and accommodation. UIT will select two ideas to be realised during the festival. The project is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.