For the calendar project "MACROPOLIS 2020 - Die Zeit existierteret nicht" Ulrich Thieme, Druckerei Thieme/Meißen, Thomas Walther, Agentur Ö-Grafik/Dresden and photographer Matthias Creutziger/Dresden were awarded the gregor calender Award Grand Prix and Gold by the Grafischer Club Stuttgart on 23.1.2020 in the Haus der Wirtschaft Baden-Württemberg.
This is the first time the award has been presented in this form in the new German states.
The gregor calendar award is one of the most important competitions in the printing and media industry in Europe. It was held for the 70th time and is also the largest calendar show in the world.
Creutziger, Walther, Thieme thus received prizes in this top-class competition for the third time in a row after the "Gregor Photo Calender Award 2018" for "¿Que bolá Cuba?" and the Gregor Calender Award in 2019 in bronze for "Souks Inside".
MACROPOLIS 2020" is a promotional calendar that is not available in the open market.
"MACROPOLIS 2020 - Time does not exist"
Print Shop Thieme GmbH
Thomas Walther, Matthias Creutziger, Ulrich Thieme
Thomas Walther, BBK
Matthias Creutziger, DGPh
Texts: Thomas Walther, Matthias Creutziger
Laudation of the jury on "MACROPLIS - time does not exist."
Duly archived slides, with mobives among others, from the USA, Armenia, Ticino - captured for the remains of life, so the photographer Matthias Creutziger believed. Then, however, in the cellar archive, infested with mould and bacteria, changed, transformed, redesigned. The unique result of this decay, discovered by chance by the prominent jazz and theatre photographer, led to the completely crazy idea of realising this calendar with the provocative thesis "time does not exist". No living photographic artist would probably come up with such pictorial compositions, from which a tremendous attraction emanates. Blurring, erasure, blurring, colour change - with the course of nature, completely new, idiosyncratic motifs developed. The result: the change of all things. The large wall calendar, which was created from a chance find and waste product, has never before been seen in this way, and can therefore never be repeated. This makes it absolutely unique and casts a spell over everyone.
The last will be the first. So they say, This calendar clearly wanted to defy the passage of time at the Gregor Award by being the last one to reach us in the middle of the jury session. Undiscovered at first, MACROPOLIS finally aroused real enthusiasm. The award for the best calendar of the competition, the Jury Prize - GREGOR 2020 - is thus the closest to the prize and goes to the three passionate calendar makers, the photographer Matthias Creutziger, the designer Thomas Walther (Ö GRAFIK) and the printing expert Ulrich Thieme (Druckerei Thieme GmbH)