Ars Electronica Kicks Off The STARTS Prize

Posted: Feb 1 2016, 7:51pm CST | by , in News | Technology News

Ars Electronica Kicks Off the STARTS Prize

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Ars Electronica announces another competition, besides the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica competition.

Austrian Ars Electronica announces a new competition to promote innovation in partnership with the European Commission. The STARTS Prize will be held for the first time and Ars Electronica is accepting entries now until March 4.

STARTS stands for Science, technology and arts. The STARTS Prize 2016 will award two €20,000 grants (~ $21,700). There are no entry fees. The winners are selected by an international jury and will be announced on April 11th and publicly honored at the Prix Ars Electronica Gala on September 9th.

In this STARTS Prize initiative, the European Commission’s focus is on projects and people that can make meaningful contributions to this effort. Here, art is assigned the role of catalyst that propagates scientific and technological knowledge and skills among the general public and triggers innovative processes.

Accordingly, STARTS is emphasizing, on one hand, artistic works that influence or change the way we look at art, and, on the other hand, very promising forms of collaboration between the private sector and the world of art and culture. A prizewinning project will be singled out for recognition in both categories and each will be supported with a €20,000 grant. The projects will also be featured in an exhibition at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival.

Since 1979, Ars Electronica has been exploring the multifarious impacts that digitization and networking are making on our world. The annual Ars Electronica Festival, a platform and showcase that has been making a name for itself worldwide since 1979. The Prix Ars Electronica competition that has honored excellence in media art annually since 1987.

The Ars Electronica Center that premiered in 1996 as a Museum of the Future has become a must visit location for geeks when in Linz.

The STARTS Prize details can be found here.

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