PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA & STARTS Prize 2017
The categories in 2017 are Computer Animation/Film/VFX, Digital Musics & Sound Art, and Hybrid Art. The u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category is for youngsters under age 19 in Austria. 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.
On behalf of the European Commission, Ars Electronica issues an open call for entries to a competition that will determine the second recipients of STARTS, prestigious and—with two €20,000 grants—highly endowed awards. Expressly encouraged are innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art. Read more about the prize and its winners starts-prize.aec.at! STARTS Prize 2017 opens for submission on January 11th, 2017.
PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA & STARTS Prize 2016
The winners of Prix Ars Electronica & STARTS Prize 2016 were announced!
A total of 3,159 entries from 84 countries were submitted for prize consideration to the world’s most time-honored media arts competition.
- Winners of Prix Ars Electronica 2016
- Winners of STARTS Prize 2016
- Check out our Blog about Golden Nica projects & jury statements
- Press Release of Prix Ars Electronica winners 2016
- Impressions of the Prix at the Ars Electronica Festival 2016
Artists from France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria and Great Britain are this year’s recipients of the Prix Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica grand prizes: Boris Labbé (FR) in the Computer Animation/Film/VFX category, Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud (both CH) in Interactive Art +, the P2P Foundation founded by Michel Bauwen in Digital Communities, Jonas Bodingbauer (AT), a 17-year-old native of Linz in u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD, and Jasia Reichardt (UK), the prominent art critic and curator, has been singled out for recognition as a Visionary Pioneer of Media Art. They have be honored at the Prix Ars Electronica Gala on September 9, 2016 at the Brucknerhaus in Linz. These excellent projects and visions have be showcased by the CyberArts exhibition at the OK Center for Contemporary Art throughout the Ars Electronica Festival September 8-12, 2016.
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).
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