Austria's Prix Ars Electronica – call for submissions

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The 22nd Prix Ars Electronica – International Competition for CyberArts is open for entries.

Online Submission Deadline: March 7, 2008. Entries are organized by category:

INTERACTIVE ART – dedicated to interactive works in all forms and formats, from installations to performances. At the top of the agenda is artistic quality in the development and design of the interaction as well as a harmonious dialog between the content level and the interaction level. Of particular interest is the sociopolitical relevance of the interaction as manifested by its innate potential to expand the scope of human action.

ANIMATION / FILM / VX – recognizes excellence in independent work in the arts and sciences as well as in high-end commercial productions in the film, advertising and entertainment industries. In this category, artistic originality counts just as much as masterful technical achievement.

DIGITAL SOUND & MUSIC – Contemporary digital sound productions from the broad spectrum of “electronica” come in for consideration in the “Digital Musics” category, as do works combining sound and media, computer compositions ranging from electro-acoustic to experimental music, as well as sound installations.

HYBRID ART – The new “Hybrid Art” category is dedicated specifically to today’s hybrid and transdisciplinary projects and approaches to media art. Primary emphasis is on the process of fusing different media and genres into new forms of artistic expression as well as the act of transcending the boundaries between art and research, art and social/political activism, art and pop culture.

DIGITAL COMMONS & COMMUNITIES – The “Digital Communities” category will honor important achievements by digital communities as well as innovative artistic approaches towards web-based communities. This category focuses attention on the wide-ranging social and artistic impact of the Internet as well as on the latest developments in the fields of social software, ubiquitous computing, mobile communications andwireless networks. Special attention goes to community-related “”. “Digital Communities” spotlights bold and inspired innovations impacting human coexistence, bridging the geographical as well as gender-based digital divide and cultural conflicts, sustaining cultural diversity and the freedom of artistic expression or creating outstanding social software and enhancing accessibility of technological-social infrastructure. This category showcases the political and artistic potential of digital and networked systems and is thus designed as a forum for the consideration of a broad spectrum of projects, programs, artworks, initiatives and phenomena in which social and artistic innovation is taking place, as it were, in real time.

FREESTYLE COMPUTING – is Austria's largest computer competition for young people. It has been held annually since 1998 as an integral part of the Prix Ars Electronica. Established in 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica is the world's foremost competition in the cyberarts as well as a showcase of artistic excellence and innovation. Prix Ars Electronica's “u19 – freestyle computing” category is a competition for Austrian youth. Only young people age 19 and under who are permanent residents of Austria are eligible to take part.

MEDIA.ART.RESEARCH AWARD – prize honoring an outstanding theoretical work on the subject of “Interactive Artforms.” Prix Ars Electronica Media.Art.Research Award wants to further scholarly investigation of media artforms that have not yet gotten established in the context of art museums or in the commercial art world, and of processual, conceptual and interactive art that assumes subversive, situational and committed positions at the interface of art, technology and society.

For more information check out the Prix Ars Electronica 2008 website or contact

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