After the residency at Ars Electronica Futurelab the conept of BlindMaps, the winner of this year’s [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant, changed in 180° degrees. Although the ideology behind it is still the same.
No fewer than 2.703 projects were submitted for the Prix Ars Electronica 2014, one of the most popular awards for media art. In short statements jury members are talking about the projects of their respective categories.
Golden Nica winner Takeo Saijo succeeded in setting up a digital community that mobilized thousands of volunteers to help those whose lives were devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
"Everyone should have the possibility of exploiting the same tax benefits that major corporations are constantly taking advantage of" ,Paolo Cirio stated. He describes his project as an attempt to democratize tax avoidance.
With a critical project, in the field of digital manufacturing, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez won an Award of Distinction at the Prix Ars Electronica 2014. In an interview he talks about the software application „Disarming Corruptor“.
The 15-year-old student, Jonas Bodingbauer, developed a clock that lets you see not only the current time but also upcoming appointments. With his invention he received an Award of Distinction in the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category.
Incarcerated, ostracized, silenced—the fate of many musicians often goes unheard. Freemuse, the world forum on music and censorship, is trying to change this by keeping the global public informed.
"Balance from Within" is the title of the installation by Jacob Tonski, with whom he won an award in the category Interactive Art at Prix Ars Electronica 2014. In this interview he tells us what it is all about the balancing sofa.
With her found footage project the winner of the u19 - Create Your World category, Sarah Oos, accomplishes that novel narrative twists even have a way of occurring to those who’ve already seen this film several times.
Feelings are human. No computer in the world can outperform us when it comes to interpreting feelings and reacting to them. For this reason, Richard Sadek invented the (e)motion-mirror. It reflects the feelings of his viewer by detecting emotionally-charged facial movements and converts them into piano tones.
Animated films have to touch people and speak to their needs. Jurors Sabine Hirtes and Joe Gerhardt talk about what actually characterizes good animation and which trends can currently be observed in this field.
In an interview Markus Schmeiduch, winner of the category [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant of the Prix Ars Electronica 2014, talks with us how BlindMaps came into being and why submission for Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration was the next logical step for him.