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Hugo Competition

17/08/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Interaction and Glasgow School of Art announce design competition for science fiction's 2004 'Oscars'.

Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, and the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), one of Britain's higher education institutions for the study of fine art, design and architecture, today announced a public design competition for the base of the 2005 Hugo Awards, Science Fiction's equivalent of the Oscars. The awards will be presented in a ceremony which will form one of the highlights of the next year's Glasgow Worldcon.

The involvement of the GSA with the competition is particularly appropriate as Interaction's own publicity and graphic style has been inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the GSA's most famous graduate and the architect of the school's eponymous Mackintosh building.

The Hugo Awards, named after Hugo Gernsback, one of the fathers of modern science fiction, are the leading awards in the genre, and are awarded each year by the members of that year's Worldcon. The award itself comprises an instantly recognisable silver rocket, whilst the design of the base varies from year to year and is usually inspired by the history and location of the city hosting the Convention.

The 2005 competition will be based on two qualifying groups, one open to students of the School of Art, and the other to science fiction fans across the world. Shortlists of the best four entries from each qualifying group will be taken forward to a final judging panel including representatives of Interaction and the GSA. Full information on how to enter the competition will be published on Interaction's website during August 2004.

The competition winner will receive a membership of the convention, a cash prize, and the opportunity to introduce their base design as part of the Hugo Ceremony itself.

Vincent Docherty, Interaction Co-Chair, noted that "we are delighted to be working with the School of Art as part of our commitment to building close links between the convention and the city of Glasgow. I am also pleased at a personal level as my father was himself a student at the School."

Kathryn Howell, Commercial Manager at the School of Art, said "the Glasgow School of Art is delighted to be involved in the Hugo Base Design Competition - it will offer our designers and artists the unique opportunity to get actively involved in this high profile convention and we look forward to welcoming the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention to the City of Glasgow in 2005."

More details at:

Glasgow School of Art: www.gsa.ac.uk
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: www.gsa.ac.uk/mackintosh/
Interaction: http://www.interaction.worldcon.org.uk/

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