Futurelab Ideas Expedition 2021
Ideas for the Future

Our world is in flux and no one knows exactly where it’s headed. But one thing is certain: In times like these, with the future coming at us at top speed, what we really need are good ideas.

"It's very radical. Very new."

How does a pandemic empower creative thinking? Where does it make sense to value controversy? To what extent does physical presence foster descent?

STARTS Prize 2020: A Virtual Journey Through the Time Zones

Three members of the STARTS Prize 2020 jury, Mara Balestrini, Clara Blume and Domhnaill Hernon, talk in an interview about the influence of Covid-19 on this year's jury process, the difference between design and art, recycling management and the usefulness of Excel lists.

A Slightly Different Jury Weekend

The 2020 jury weekend was not spared from the corona virus: the winners of the STARTS Prize and the Prix Ars Electronica were selected digitally this year instead of during an analogue meeting in Linz.

"We have to drastically rethink this jury meeting"

Every year an international jury of experts travels to Linz to jointly select the Golden Nicas of Media Art in intense discussions lasting several days. For the first time in the history of Prix Ars Electronica, the jurors will meet from their home offices.

The Prix Ars Electronica Jury 2020: Digital Communities

Joint action and the digital exchange of information are right at the heart of the "Digital Communities" - one of the four categories of the 2020 Prix Ars Electronica. We present this year's jury.

The Prix Ars Electronica Jury 2020: u19 – create your world

Young ideas and promising projects: These five experts in their respective fields will decide which are the best submissions to the 2020 Prix Ars Electronica in the u19 – create your world category.

The Prix Ars Electronica Jury 2020: Computer Animation

Since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has awarded a Golden Nica in the Computer Animation category every year. This is the jury that will decide on the best animation in 2020.

The 2020 STARTS Prize Jury

Every year a jury meets to examine and evaluate the submissions for the STARTS Prize. These experts have fascinating backgrounds and extraordinary fields of research, which we would like to present in the following.

The Prix Ars Electronica Jury 2020: Interactive Art +

The jury in videos: We present to you the persons who will be deciding on the Golden Nica in the Interactive Art + category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2020.

The Prix Universe

The Prix Ars Electronica is the most traditional media art competition in the world. The winners will receive the coveted Golden Nicas, prize money up to 10,000 euros per category and a presentation at the prestigious Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.

STARTS PRIZE: The Interdisciplinary Future

The decision is made! Winners and Honorary Mentions for the STARTS Prize of the European Commission have been determined. The international jury for this fourth consecutive award spent days discussing, observing, paring down entries and discussing again so the prize could be granted to very special projects in two categories: “Artistic Exploration” honors works where art has great potential to influence and change technology. “Innovative Collaboration” recognizes cooperative relationships between industry/technology and the arts.

Prix Ars Electronica 2019: One Weekend, Four Golden Nicas

Every year a new jury, every year an extraordinary treasure of media artworks that want to be judged. Once again this year, 20 experts from all over the world met in Linz to agree on the Golden Nicas of the 2019 Prix Ars Electronica. A brief stroll through the jury weekend.

2019 Prix Ars Electronica: The Jury

We have extended the submission deadline for the Prix Ars Electronica to March 11, 2019! In the meantime, we will introduce the jurors with various video interviews that will decide who will receive the Golden Nicas 2019.

Imparting a Direction to the Future: The 2018 STARTS Prize Jury

The jury made up of international experts charged with selecting the recipients of the 2018 STARTS Prizes awarded by the European Commission recently convened for an entire weekend at the Ars Electronica Center. Their mission: to recognize outstanding work at the interface of science, technology and art. The outcome is still confidential; nevertheless, jurors Francesca Bria and Seiichi Saito briefed us on a few trends in this interview.

2018 Prix Ars Electronica: The jury has decided

"Please don't disturb" and "No filming" - total secrecy is key while the international jury of the Prix Ars Electronica chooses the best projects in media art in 2018. Nevertheless, we sneaked a peek behind closed doors at the Prix weekend from April 20 to 22, 2018, and collected a few impressions.

STARTS Prize 2018: Meet the Jurors!

The prominent international experts who make up the 2018 STARTS Prize jury will gather at the Ars Electronica Center on April 23rd. Their task is to select this year’s recipients on behalf of the European Commission. Read thumbnail bios of the individual jurors here.

Prix Ars Electronica 2018: The Jurors (2)

The Prix Ars Electronica’s search for the world’s best works of media art runs until March 12, 2018. In this update, we proudly present the jurors in the Computer Animation and u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD categories. A Golden Nica grand prize is up for grabs in both!

Prix Ars Electronica 2018: The Jurors (1)

Contestants still have until March 12st to submit their work for Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration. Four international juries will convene in April to select this year’s Golden Nica recipients. Here were proudly present the jurors in the Digital Communities and Interactive Art + categories.

Sophie Lamparter: "Designing our future can’t be left up to individuals"

The STARTS Prize awarded by the European Commission spotlights collaboration of science, technology and art. That’s the same approach taken by Sophie Lampartner, director of swissnex San Francisco and one of this year’s STARTS jurors. In this interview, she talks about trends at the nexus of these three domains.

Ghalia Elsrakbi: "Art Is a Collaborative Playground"

Mainstays of media art in general and the Prix Ars Electronica’s Hybrid Art category in particular are hybrid and transdisciplinary projects and approaches. In this interview, juror Ghalia Elsrakbi talks about her take on hybrid art and what she sees as the role art can play in 2017.

Sirikit Amann: "You have enriched my life!"

Since 1998, the Prix Ars Electronica has included a category especially for kids and young people under 19 years of age, and Sirikit Amann has been a juror since the very inception. We recently joined her for a look back at some particularly memorable prizewinning works.

Introducing the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica Jurors

The extended deadline to submit entries for 2017 Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration is March 13th! That’s when the respective international juries take up the task of naming this year’s prizewinners. So, who exactly are these ladies and gentlemen who’ve been appointed arbiters of excellence in media art?

2016 Prix Ars Electronica: Days of Decision

20 international experts convened in Linz April 7-10, 2016 to single out outstanding works of media art for recognition in four categories and to bestow Golden Nicas on the four best. We accompanied the four juries over the course of this long and very productive weekend.

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Networking, do it the right way

By the time we set up our own Facebook account—by then, at the very latest—many of us are very much aware of the advantages and disadvantages inherent in our digital coexistence. Marleen Stikker founded her first Digital City all the way back in 1994. Now she’s one of the five Prix Ars Electronica jurors who are evaluating this year’s entries in the Digital Communities category.

Karl Markovics
Karl Markovics: "I’m looking forward to being pleasantly surprised once again"

Actor, director and screenwriter Karl Markovics will soon be reprising his role as juror in the Prix Ars Electronica’s u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category. In this interview, he talks about new media as well as kids and young people in 2016.

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Prix Ars Electronica: The 2016 Juries

Who selects the recipients of the Golden Nicas to be awarded by the Prix Ars Electronica in 2016? We hereby present the jurors who’ll be convening in Linz just a few weeks from now to deliberate on these matters.

There Is No Bio Art!

Jens Hauser is a curator, a scholar in media & cultural studies, and a journalist who writes about cultural matters. He’s curated some of the best-known exhibitions at the interface of art and biology. 2015 he was a juror in the Hybrid Art category.

“Cities or depressing surroundings inspire me”

Seppo Gründler, 2015 Prix Ars Electronica juror, discusses the criteria that entries in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category have to fulfill, and tells where he finds motivation for his compositions.

This Isn’t a Matter of Technical Sophistication; Emotions Are What Counts!

The Prix Ars Electronica has staged a competition for young people ever since 1998. In the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category. Sirikit Amann has served as a juror in this category every year since its inception.