GrandPrix New Drama

Visual identity of a contemporary drama festival Nová dráma/New Drama turns into a physical object thanks to the Grand Prix. The main award Grand Prix reflects the annual visual differences. The basic ideological and visual theme of a year is projected into a physical award.

visual identity
award design
client Theatre Institute Bratislava
theatre institute

2016–2024



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GrandPrix 2024

Tento rok po prvýkrát ocenenie vizuálne nenadväzovalo na plagát ročníku. Zadanie bolo vymyslieť charakteristické ocenenie, ktoré je možné replikovať každý ročník, s doplnením aktuálneho víťaza. Nosnou ideou sa stala kytica – lenže v prevedení písmen miesto kvetov. Opakujúce sa písmená sú náhodne rozhodené v objeme kytice a pozostávajú s názvu GRANDPRIX 2024 NOVÁ DRÁMA/NEW DRAMA. Písmená reprezentujú základ divadelných diel – inscenačné texty. Kytica zároveň odkazuje na objekt pochodeň, putovnú cenu, ktorú si z roka na rok podávajú režiséri, dramaturgovia, autori.

Víťaz bol dodaný na extra štítku, ktorý sa naviazal do predpripraveného drôtu. Ako ďakovný lístok umiestnení do kytice.

Veľkosť ocenenia približne 20 x 20 x 30 cm. Technológia prípravy – 3D tlač bielym filamentom, dokončená s ručním dolepovaním písmen, vypĺňaných kúskami zbytkových filamentov. Víťaz sa vylaseroval do dvojfarebného materiálu – vonkajšia biela bola zlaserovaná až do spodnej čiernej

execution by Lab.Café
photo © Michal Líner

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GrandPrix 2023

The theme of the festival was a theatre on the edge, a theatre in exile, as a reaction to the full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine. The visual materialised from the idea of an island, a physical or mental segment of reality. It depicts a sanctuary, a background against adversity. It is possible to relocalise it. The abstraction of this idea is a cube, a paraphrase of a theatre black box. The cube with re-foldable sides. A backpack, in which we carry our world/theatre and take it out where we need it.

Size of the award 23 x 23 cm. Material is transparent plexiglass and 3D print with blue semi-opaque filament. The winner was engraved by a laser.

execution by Boris Belan
photo © Michal Líner

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GrandPrix 2022

The topic of the festival was a phenomenon of cancel culture focused on hate speech in public discourse, the rise of ideological extremism, and current freedom of speech. The visual identity worked with the typeface as the main actor. The name of the festival was infiltrated by censorship, AKA bleep censors, with the help of online hate speech symbols $&#%!*.

The size of the award is 50 x 50 cm. The material of the frame as well as the rotatable letters is a plywood with cut-out hand-painted letters. The winner was cut out by a laser.

execution by Juraj Demovič, Manum
photo © Michal Líner

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GrandPrix 2021

The concept of the year works with the theme of a post-pandemic restart of culture. It's been a year since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the theatre dares to go out of their homes again among people. The visual identity works with ambiguity – the pandemic continues with various fluctuations and unfortunately, it is not known at what stage it will be during the festival. Will we finally experience theatre together in a public space, or on the contrary, will we draw back to our homes again?

The size of the award is 50 x 50 cm. Frame material wood, inside printed Plexiglas with hidden light source. Logo composed of cut-out plexiglass circles. Milky sliding glass with engraved winner.

execution by Juraj Demovič, Manum
photo © Viktor Szemzö

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GrandPrix 2019

The theme of the year was green drama - recycling, ecology, sustainability. The visual works with an element of gradually expanding moss. Theatrical "D" is left to its own - a man reduces their need to intervene and leaves the stage to nature, hence illustrating its power and ability to regenerate.

The size of the award is 50 x 50 cm. The frame material is wood, on one side is stabilised moss, and on the other is a brass plaque with an engraved winner and a laser cut.

execution by Manum, Moss Design, e-Sense
photo © Viktor Szemzö

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GrandPrix 2018

A concept of this year works with photos by Robert Tappert. The theme of identity depicts discarded passport photos by people emigrating from conflict zones. They've destroyed their own portraits on purpose to make their identification impossible. The subsequent layering paraphrases the possibilities of new lives, and the constant rearrangement of human destinies newly.

The size of the award is 50 x 50 cm. Frame material wood, inside layered from printed Plexiglas, red and translucent Plexiglas, closed with clear glass. A light source is hidden inside. The winner is written by a calligraphic inscription by Tomáš Gažovič.

execution by Juraj Demovič, Manum
calligraphy © Tomáš Gažovič
photo © Viktor Szemzö

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GrandPrix 2017

Immersive theatre became the main theme of the year. It participates, absorbs, and surrounds. It tries to convince the viewer that their presence and individual feeling is what is in the centre of the action. The focus target, as we know it from cameras, became a placeholder symbol. It focuses, centres our attention on a specific place.

The size of the award is 50 x 50 cm. Frame material painted plywood, inside clear glass with laser engraved winner.

execution by Juraj Demovič, Manum
photo © Jakub Kotian

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GrandPrix 2016

The idea of ​​the year's visual identity plays with a theatrical slice of reality. Each person is an actor or main character of their own play, their own life. The symbol that represents this has become the yellow film, an adaptation of the spotlight. This film creates an interpretive slice of reality for us wherever we look through it. Thus, we always carry the theatre with us.

The size of the award is 50 x 50 cm. The frame material is chipboard, the interior consists of layers of mirror, colored Plexiglas, and clear glass. Winner glued from plotter foil.

execution by Peter Barut
photo © Robo Hubač

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