international competitions for computer-generated ex-libris


What are CGD ex-libris?

An introductory text by Professor Martin Baeyens
How a specific design was made, by Professor Hasip Pektas

First competition, 2004

Rules of the first competition Note by the President of the Jury
List of participants and Image bank of participants' works

Second competition, 2005-2006

The rules and participation forms for this competition can be found here.

At the 29th FISAE Congress in 2002, the decision was taken to organise a competition for
digitally designed and printed bookplates.
During the same FISAE delegates' meeting, a new list of symbols for graphic techniques
used in ex-libris was adopted, in which 'CGD' - computer generated designs – was used to differentiate such plates from 'CRD', or
computer reproduced designs.

The aim of the competition was to stimulate
artists to use that relatively new graphic tool, the computer, to make bookplates which are not just a scan-and-print of a drawing or image made by the artist (or composites of pilfered images), but works where the specific qualities of the digital tool are used to their best. The proposal was accepted, and the prize-winning works and honorary mentions were shown at the XXX Congress at Wels in July 2004.

The best works were exhibited in the Stedelik Mueum of Sint Niklaas (Belgium), and will be shown later in 2004 in Barcelona and Ankara.

At the Wels Congress, it was also decided that a second such competition should be held in the interval before the XXXI Congress in 2006.

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