Prix Ars Electronica 2016 – u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD category is now staring the Open Call!
You can start your submission from here: prix.aec.at/u19/
The other categories (Computer Animation/Film/VFX, Interactive Art, Digital Communities) will open in January 2016.


2,889 entries from 75 countries were submitted for prize consideration to the 2015 Prix Ars Electronica. This year’s grand prizewinners are from Japan (Nelo Akamatsu), Mexico (Gilberto Esparza), Indonesia (XXLab), Belgium (Alex Verhaest), Australia (Jeffrey Shaw) and Austria (Gabriel Radwan). The recipients of the Golden Nicas and [the next idea] voestalpine Art & Technology Grant will be honored at the Prix Ars Electronica Gala on September 4, 2015 at the Brucknerhaus in Linz. These excellent projects and visions will be showcased by the CyberArts exhibition at the OK Center for Contemporary Art throughout the Ars Electronica Festival September 3-7, 2015.


The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most time-honored media arts competition. Winners are awarded the coveted Golden Nica statuette, prize money ranging up to € 10,000 per category and an opportunity to showcase their talents at the famed Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. The categories in 2015 are Computer Animation/Film/VFX, Digital Musics & Sound Art, Hybrid Art and [the next idea] voestalpine Art & Technology Grant competition. The u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category is for youngsters under age 19 in Austria. Ars Electronica also bestows a special Golden Nica on one of the Visionary Pioneers of Media Art, whereby voting is reserved for a select group: all previous winners of a Golden Nica.

PX_winners_EN_295x229_2015_001Prix Ars Electronica 2015 Categories

On May 26, 2015 press conference at which this year’s recipients of the coveted Golden Nicas will be announced.
2015 jurors will personally have their say on our Ars Electronica Blog.

The Prix Ars Electronica: A Brief Retrospective

The Prix Ars Electronica was launched in 1987 by Ars Electronica co-founder Hannes Leopoldseder. The categories at the outset were Computer Graphics, Computer Animation and Computer Music. In 1990, Interactive Art enhanced the array. A category especially for kids and young people was introduced in 1998. A prize for Digital Communities and [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant premiered in 2004, followed by Hybrid Art in 2007. The Prix Ars Electronica’s most recent innovations came in 2014 with the introduction of a Golden Nica honoring the Visionary Pioneers of Media Art, and the reconfiguration of two pairs of categories—Hybrid Art and Digital Musics & Sound Art; Interactive Art and Digital Communities—which now alternate in a biennial rhythm. The Prix’s highly diversified dramatis personae has included internationally renowned artists (Karlheinz Stockhausen, Roy Ascott, Lynn Hershman, Toshio Iwai / Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chris Cunningham / Aphex Twin), Oscar winners (John Lasseter, Chris Landreth) and creative young trailblazers (Graffiti Research Lab).

Prix Ars Electronica 2014 winnersPrix Ars Electronica Archive

About Prix Ars Electronica

The Prix Ars Electronica is staged jointly by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH and the ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Company’s Upper Austria Regional Studio in cooperation with the OK Center for Contemporary Art and Brucknerhaus Linz. The Golden Nica statuettes are presented to each year’s winners at the Ars Electronica Festival in early September. The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the world’s premier awards honoring creativity and innovativeness in the use of digital media.

Idea & Concept

Idea: Hannes Leopoldseder

Concept: Christine Schöpf, Gerfried Stocker

Head of Department Festival Ars Electronica/Prix Ars Electronica: Martin Honzik

Project Organization Prix Ars Electronica: Emiko Ogawa

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