STARTS Day: Artistic Innovation and Musical Visions

What are the highlights of the Friday of the Ars Electronica Festival? We'll give you some interesting insights into the packed program.

Opening Day: Highlights and Insights

The first day of the Ars Electronica Festival awaits you with exciting performances and lots of art, technology and new inspirations.

"What happens in Antarctica does not stay in Antarctica"

What does the melting of Antarctica have to do with the future of planet Earth? A lot - and that's exactly why Giulia Foscari and UNLESS, in the work "Antarctic Resolution", awarded the STARTS Prize 2022, have called for saving Antarctica and say: "Speak up for Antarctica now!"

Holly+: Come and sing like Holly Herndon!

"It takes a village to create something special" and Holly Herndon and her team have succeeded in doing just that. In the interview, she presents her machine learning project in more detail, for which she has now received the European Commission's STARTS Prize 2022.

The STARTS jury
The STARTS-Prize Jury in Linz

The international jury met for a weekend at the Ars Electronica Center to decide on the two winning projects for the STARTS Prize 2022.

STARTS trophy
STARTS Prize 2022

Deepfake: When the Moon Landing failed

Halsey Burgundy and Francesca Panetta discovered the prepared speech for U.S. President Nixon in the archives and recreated it in a deceptively realistic way.

Day 2: Welcome to Innovation Day

Thursday is all about innovation - in a whole series of panels, talks and symposia, experts from art, science and business meet and think ahead. At the same time, the exhibitions will present works that illustrate innovation in the 21st century.

STARTS Prize 2021: New products from food scraps

720 tons of food are thrown away in a single day in Catalonia. It is figures like these that have prompted Anastasia Pistofidou, Marion Real and The Remixers of Fab Lab Barcelona, IaaC, to take action.

STARTS Prize 2021: The condition of the oceans and how high the stakes are

The world's oceans not only reflect light, they also reflect the effects of the Anthropocene, the age of humankind.

When, if not now?

Some people think the future is written in the stars. Others go to Ars Electronica. "Activism", especially in the digital area, is a red-hot topic and therefore of course represented at the Ars Electronica Festival.

Take this: The New Digital Deal! (2/2)

Even more numerous, even more exciting and even more diverse: Here comes Part Two of the highlights of the Ars Electronica Festival 2021.

Digital Humanism: Art as driver for human-centred innovation

Digital technology spills into and shapes all aspects of our lives, from the way we inhabit both digital and physical spaces, the ways in which we interact and communicate with others, to the ways we work and plan our lives.

The Winners of the 2021 STARTS Prize

We present the Grand Prizes at the intersection of science, technology and art: "Remix el Barrio" and "Oceans in Transformation".

"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?

Challenging the Human Perspective

How to address the biodiversity and climate crisis through collaborative and innovative art-driven approaches.

Shaping the Digital Future

Ars Electronica's European Platform for Digital Humanism asks about the impact of technologies on society.

The STARTS Universe

S+T+ARTS is more than an international and regional promotion platform for artists, connecting them with scientists, industry and technology partners.

The Kepler Hall hosts the STARTS Prize 2020

The festival takes place! Not despite, but because of Corona. For months a global pandemic has been raising questions that we hadn't asked ourselves before - but which will most likely keep us busy for a long time to come.

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.

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.

Let's get STARTed!

It's that time again! The submission for the STARTS Prize 2020 is open. Starting immediately, the European Commission, together with Ars Electronica, Bozar and Waag, is once again looking for pioneering projects at the interface of art, technology and science that contribute to economic and social innovation.

Innovation through interdisciplinarity

How can new paths be taken? Where does the impetus to rethink things come from? How can the mind be guided not to think in the usual way? Who are those who come up with such great things that can actually be used in real life? Well... we might have some answers.

Even more gorgeous ideas

The European Commission's STARTS Prize has been encouraging innovative and interdisciplinary project submissions since 2017. It is no coincidence that they are unusual and find a worthy presentation area at the festival.

So many gorgeous ideas

Festival Friday is STARTS day - or rather S+T+ARTS, because the magic formula is Science + Technology + ARTS. Exactly in this connection lies a powerful potential for innovation, to consider the innovations of our time on various levels and to think socially, ecologically and economically.

Life gets better through Artificial Intelligence

It is the second most densely populated metropolis and one of the three most visited cities in Europe: Barcelona. The Innovation Bureau 300,000 Km/s, which was awarded the STARTS Prize 2019 for the "Ciutat Vella's Land-use Plan" project, shows how new technologies can help to make urban space a place worth living in.

Project Alias: Rediscovering the Private Sphere

With “Project Alias,” Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen of Denmark demonstrated a simple yet effective way to take back control over our own private sphere, which earned them the STARTS Prize of the European Commission. We talked with both of them about privacy, parasitic fungi, and the appropriate narratives.

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.

Nadav Hochman: "Involve Artists in the Technology Development Stage"

The submission deadline of the European Commission's STARTS Prize 2019 is March 11! Nadav Hochman, co-founder of the Tech + Arts Initiative at the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley, is one of the jurors of this competition and talks in an interview about the connections between science, technology and art.

Şerife Wong: "I’d really like to see truly interconnected artists and scientists teams"

Submissions for the European Commission's STARTS Prize will be accepted until March 11th, 2019. The artist Şerife Wong, one of this year's jurors, talks about where she sees similarities between science, technology and the arts and explains to us - in her role as an ethics consultant - how we can deal with artificial intelligence in our society.