To foster alliances of technology and artistic practice: that is the aim of STARTS, an initiative of the European Commission. As part of this initiative, Waag, BOZAR and Ars Electronica launched the STARTS prize: two prizes, each with 20.000 euros of prize money, are rewarded to the most pioneering collaborations and results in the fields of creativity and innovation, at the crossings 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.
Accordingly, the STARTS Prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.
The two prizes, each with 20.000 euros of prize money, are offered to honor innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology and the arts:
- Grand Prize - Artistic Exploration
Awarded for artistic exploration and art works where appropriation by the arts has a strong potential to influence or alter the use, deployment or perception of technology.
- Grand Prize - Innovative Collaboration
Awarded for innovative collaboration between industry or technology and the arts that opens new pathways for innovation.
The submission phase for the STARTS Prize 2020 starts on January 9th and will close on March 2nd, 2020. The submission platform is available here. The jury convenes in May 2020. All STARTS Prize winners will be notified by mid-June 2020 at the latest.
The winning projects will be presented at the Ars Electronica Festival in September 2020 in Linz, Austria and at various exhibitions and events at Ars Electronica, BOZAR and Waag and at the stages of various partners worldwide.
The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 732019.