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Innovation in technology, industry and society with the STARTS PRIZE open call from the European Commission

Gramazio Kohler Research / Self-Assembly Lab, "Rock Print", 2016

Etsuko Yakushimaru, "l’m Humanity", 2016

Artificial Skins and Bones Group, "Artifical Skins and Bones", 2016

Until March 22018, the STARTS Prize – Grand prize of the European Commission honoring innovation in technology, industry and society stimulated by the arts. Artists, creative professionals, researchers and companies will focus on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology.

Appointed by the European Commission, Ars ElectronicaBOZAR and Waag Society are launching a prize to select the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts. This follows the launch of a new activity in the European Commission named STARTS: Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS.

Science, Technology and Arts (=STARTS) form a nexus with an extraordinarily high potential for creative innovation. And such innovation is considered to be precisely what’s called for if we’re to master the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe will be facing in the near future. The role of artists thus is no longer seen to be just about propagating scientific and technological knowledge and skills among the general public but much more as a kind of catalyst that can inspire and trigger innovative processes. The artistic practice of creative exploration and experimental appropriation of new technologies has a wide reaching potential to contribute to the development of new products and new economic, social and business models.

Grand Prize-Artistic Exploration and Grand Prize-Innovative Exploration, each with €20,000 prize money, are offered to honor innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology and the arts: one for artistic exploration, and thus projects with the potential to influence or change the way technology is deployed, developed or perceived, and one for innovative collaboration between industry/technology and art/culture in ways that open up new paths for innovation.

The STARTS Prize open call ends on March 2nd, 2018.

Information and application here