Call for entries: STARTS Prize offers cash prizes for creative works spanning technology and the arts

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20,000 euros await the winners of the STARTS Prize 2016. Appointed by the European Commission, Ars Electronica is launching an international prize to select the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts. The name  STARTS stands for innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology and the ARTS.

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    Two prizes – €20,000 each – will be awarded this year: one for artistic exploration and projects in which the artistic approach has significant potential to influence or change the way technology is deployed, developed or perceived.

    The second for innovative cooperative ventures teaming up industry/technology and art (and cultural and creative sectors in general) in ways that open up new paths for innovation.


    The competition specifically seeks:

    • Trailblazing forms of collaboration and projects essentially characterised by both technology and art; strictly artistically or strictly technologically oriented projects are not what STARTS is looking for.
    • Any and all artistic works and practices having to do with innovation in the areas of technology, business and/or society. This competition is not limited to a particular genre such as media art and digital art.
    • All forms of technological and scientific research that are inspired by art or in which artists are integrated as catalysts of new ways of seeing things. This includes but is not limited to information and communications technology.
    • Artists or artists’ collectives, creative professionals, researchers and companies throughout the world. This competition is not limited to citizens of EU-member states.
    • A project may be submitted for prize consideration simultaneously to the STARTS competition as well as a Prix Ars Electronica category (Computer Animation/Film/VFX, Digital Communities or Interactive Art).

    Several special events are being planned to honour and showcase the projects singled out for recognition with a STARTS Prize:

    • Awards ceremony at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria September 8-12, 2016
    • Exhibition featuring the prizewinning projects at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival
    • STARTS Forum at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival
    • Exhibition featuring the prizewinning projects at the BOZAR Electronic Art Festival in Brussels, Belgium September 23-25, 2016