Entry details


  • To participate in the European Digital Art and Science Network, you must register online and submit all mandatory information online and in English.
  • The call is open for artists (above the age of 18) and their innovative concepts and ideas in the fields of art and technology. The winning artist is subject to obtaining clearance to work on site at ESA-ESTEC.
  • An artist may submit only one work.
  • Entrants are requested not to submit irreplaceable originals since submitted materials cannot be returned.
  • Works submitted without the required accompanying material will not be accepted.
  • An entry confirmation will be sent out via e-mail as soon as all required documentation has been received.
  • A submission is complete and formally entered in the competition only if all information has been entered online and the submission has been finalized online.
  • Employees of Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, partners, sponsors and patrons of the European Digital Art and Science Network, staff members of organizations that have established and endowed an individual category, as well as the competition’s jurors are ineligible to participate.


Start Online Submission: 20th April, 2016
Online Submission Deadline: 20th June, 2016 (11:59 PM, CEST/GMT+2)

Submission platform: artandscience-esa.aec.at

Jury Sessions

The jury sessions will be announced. It will be held with representatives from Ars Electronica and ESA as well as representatives from the cultural partners of the European Digital Art and Science Network. There will be no written correspondence regarding the decision by the jury, other than to the winners of the award. The Jury’s decision is final and the artist will be expected to take up their residency in the second half of 2016.


The winners of the “art&science@ESA” residency prize will be notified immediately after the jurymeeting (which will be held shortly after the submission deadline). In the interest of all entrants, we request that the entrant (or a representative named by him/her) be available during the period when winners will be notified at the address etc. specified in the entry form.

Project Presentation

The projects, which will be produced during the different residencies as well as the artist themselves, will be presented at the Ars Electronica Festival 2016/2017 as well as during mobile exhibitions at the seven cultural partner institutions. Beside that there is also the possibility to present the final outcome of the residency at chosen agency’s establishments of the ESA in 2016/2017.
The winner of the European Digital Art and Science Network Residency must make a commitment to attending the Ars Electronica Festival as well as mobile exhibitions as far as it is needed. Groups and institutions are requested to nominate a representative to fulfill this commitment.

The artist agrees to include the following acknowledge in all future exhibitions, documentations of the work: “This project was developed within the European Digital Art and Science Network Residency.”

The winning artists will be funded during their residency

An artist fee in the amount of € 3.000,- as well as accommodation and travel are funded from an Ars Electronica designated limited fund covering all residencies. No prize money is involved.

Evaluation Criteria

Each proposal submitted for consideration will be evaluated by a Jury of experts in the order in which it was received according to the following criteria:

  • Interest in space science, the research topics at the core of ESA’s science programme and the scientific mission carried out by ESA
  • Aesthetics, originality
  • Compelling conception
  • Innovation
  • Technique and quality of the presentation

European Digital Art and Science Network – “art&science@ESA”

European Digital Art and Science Network Residency Award is an european competition for digital artists to win a residency at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands and the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria.

This residency prize marks a creative collaboration between the ESA, Ars Electronica and seven other cultural partners throughout Europe (Center for the promotion of science, RS; DIG Gallery, SK; Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation, ES; Kapelica Gallery / Kersnikova, SI; GV Art, UK; Laboral, ES; Science Gallery, IE).

The aim of the “art and science” prize is to draw a bow between micro- and macro-cosmos. In this way, we seek to accelerate innovation across culture in the 21st century – creating new dimensions in digital arts, inspired by the ideas, engineering and scientific work enabled and achieved by ESA, and produced by the winning artists in collaboration with the transdisciplinary expertise of the FutureLab team at Ars Electronica.