Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2020 on Tour

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Since the Prix Ars Electronica began in 1987, computer animations have been among the essential elements of our annual worldwide media art competition. The awarded works selected by a jury of experts from among thousands of submissions do not only fascinate the visitors of the renowned Ars Electronica Festival every year. With the “Ars Electronica Animation Festival on Tour”, we’re presenting a selection of outstanding animations for educational institutions, film festivals and cultural organizations together with the participating artists and in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

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Like so many other art and culture events, the 2020 Ars Electronica Animation Festival is faced with a great challenge due to the COVID19 pandemic. As every year, the entries in the Computer Animation category of the Prix Ars Electronica serve as the foundation for the screening program. This year’s 930 submissions once again provide an excellent basis for a survey of current digital filmmaking from the fields of art, science, research, and animation-film schools.

This year featured an impressive constellation of themes that raise questions about the far-reaching effects of human behavior on the environment as well as about technological developments like social media, deepfakes, and AI. Particularly striking were sensitive, humorous works on these topics that show alternatives to dystopian universes. In its statement, the jury especially stressed the idea of the “female gaze,” which was reflected on the one hand in the way female artists regard current issues, and on the other in the manner in which they utilize their technical tools to challenge a system of dominant values.

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Infinitely Yours
Creation, animation, and performance: Miwa Matreyek (US), All Music: Morgan Sorne (US)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Golden Nica
09:03

Recursive Truth, Rachel Rossin (US)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
02:55

The Entropy Gardens (VR screen capture), DEPART (AT)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
08:55

Serial Parallels, Max Hattler (DE/HK)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
09:00

Underground Circuit, Yuge Zhou 周雨歌 (CN)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
04:14

This Means More, Nicolas Gourault (FR)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
23:55

In Her Boots, Kathrin Steinbacher (AT)
06:03

Bodyless (excerpt of VR screen capture), Hsin-Chien Huang (TW)
Sponsored by Taiwan Creative Content Agency
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
05:00

Coming Home, Benjamin Swiczinsky (AT)
04:00

Thicc Seams, iheartblob (AT)
05:41

Time o´ the Signs, Reinhold Bidner (AT)
08:36


Since 1987, the Electronic Theatre has compiled a large number of submissions from all over the world, providing an up-to-the-minute survey of animation art in the context of technology and society. It impressively illustrates the dynamic development of artistic computer animation over the past three decades as well as the expansive growth of various fringe areas. A glance at the works selected this year shows a broad range, from animation in the context of performance and installations to real-time animation and multifaceted, subject-based discussions.

The program offers humorous and ingenious commentaries on social media, online dating, data mining, and surveillance capitalism, as well as infographics and data visualizations. A film experiment breaks down a border town into its individual parts, a photographic exploration opens new perspectives on the city of Hong Kong, and another experimental film examines the collective memory of soccer fans. Two Honorary Mentions this year went to VR projects, including a surreal experience based on the childhood memory of the director in Taiwan from around 1970. In an installation with a collage of hundreds of video clips taken in subway stations, the visitor is placed in the role of a voyeur in order to reflect on the cycle of everyday life.

This year’s Golden Nica winner combines live performance, sculpture, theater, and animation: the artist places her body at the center of the projection and invites us to reflect on the consequences of material affluence and climate change.

Infinitely Yours
Creation, animation, and performance: Miwa Matreyek (US)
All Music: Morgan Sorne (US)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Golden Nica
09:03

Average Happiness, Maja Gehrig (CH)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Award of Distinction
07:03

Bab Sebta, Randa Maroufi (MA/FR)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Award of Distinction
19:00

Pile, Toby Auberg (SE)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
03:23

Recursive Truth, Rachel Rossin (US)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
02:55

Serial Parallels, Max Hattler (DE/HK)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
09:00

The Entropy Gardens (VR screen capture), DEPART (AT)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
08:55

This Means More Nicolas Gourault (FR)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
23:55

#21xoxo, Sine Özbilge (TR), Imge Özbilge (TR)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
09:50

Underground Circuit, Yuge Zhou 周雨歌 (CN)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
04:14

The Sky is on Fire, Emmanuel van der Auwera (BE)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
15:21

Bodyless (excerpt of VR screen capture), Hsin-Chien Huang (TW)
Sponsored by Taiwan Creative Content Agency
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
05:00

Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves, Chintis Lundgren (EE)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
18:00


Since 1987, the Electronic Theatre has compiled a large number of submissions from all over the world, providing an up-to-the-minute survey of animation art in the context of technology and society. It impressively illustrates the dynamic development of artistic computer animation over the past three decades as well as the expansive growth of various fringe areas. A glance at the works selected this year shows a broad range, from animation in the context of performance and installations to real-time animation and multifaceted, subject-based discussions.

Infinitely Yours
Creation, animation, and performance: Miwa Matreyek (US)
All Music: Morgan Sorne (US)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Golden Nica
09:03

Average Happiness, Maja Gehrig (CH)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Award of Distinction
07:03

Bab Sebta, Randa Maroufi (MA/FR)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Award of Distinction
19:00

Pile, Toby Auberg (SE)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
03:23

Recursive Truth, Rachel Rossin (US)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
02:55

Serial Parallels, Max Hattler (DE/HK)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
09:00

Bodyless (excerpt of VR screen capture), Hsin-Chien Huang (TW)
Sponsored by Taiwan Creative Content Agency
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
05:00

#21xoxo, Sine Özbilge (TR), Imge Özbilge (TR)
Prix Ars Electronica 2020 / Honorary Mention
09:50


In this program, animated-film directors from Austria look at problems of our time. In short films—some fictional, some documentary—they challenge daily routines in our everyday digital lives, examine the impacts of social media and new technologies such as VR and AR, and discuss such absurd ideas as sending everyone back to the lands of their ancestors. An interactive, poetic VR experience investigates the nature of post-digital reality, while a touching animated film looks at the fantastic world of an old woman suffering from dementia. The spectrum ranges from dystopian visions of the future to empathetic, humorous inner worlds.

Time o´ the Signs, Reinhold Bidner (AT)
08:36

In Her Boots, Kathrin Steinbacher (AT)
06:03

The Entropy Gardens (VR screen capture), DEPART (AT)
08:55

Coming Home, Benjamin Swiczinsky (AT)
04:00

Thicc Seams, iheartblob (AT)
05:41


Every year young gifted filmmakers submit their weird, subtle, witty, utopian, critical and dystopian works for the Prix Ars Electronica’s category of “u19-create your world”, for the mb21 (DE) and the c3<19 (HU). They show us their strong imagination, their deep understanding of certain topics, and all expressed with their abilities within one media. This program is a selection of Animations coming from young creatives and young professionals from different age-groups and skill-sets.

u19-create your world | Ars Electronica Linz (AT), mb21 | Medienkulturzentrum Dresden (DE) and <19 Freestyle Computing Competition |c3 Budapest (HU)
curated by Sirikit Amann (Chair u19—create your world Jury, Head of Department for Education and Society OeAD)

Now. and the future?

Time’s Up | Larissa Koudela, Sophie Dojaczek, Daniel Nitsch Male und Verena Hinterberger (AT)
00:30, 17 years | u19

Date of expiry 2020 | Pupils of BG/BRG Stainach (AT)
02:56, 19 years | u19

This Human World | Pupils of BORG Deutsch-Wagram (AT)
03:00, 18 years | u19

Searching for…

Chicko | Pupils of BG/BRG Laa a.d.Thaya (AT)
05:01, 15 years | u19

T | Pupils of BORG Hegelgasse 12 (AT)
04:04, 16 years | u19

Die zwei Euro | Pupils of Grundschule im Moselviertel, Berlin (DE)
04:06, 10 years | mb21

Create your World

AOU in Drosendorf | Pupils of BORG Hegelgasse 12 (AT)
02:07, 16 years | u19

Erfinderstadt | Pupils of Carl-Humann-Grundschule (DE)
03:22, 7 years | mb21

Mint aki a sínek közé esett / Like someone who’s fallen between the traintracks | Bálint Duma (HU)
06:31, 18 years | c3<19

Frische Fische (en: fresh fish)

Lattice | Pupils of AHS Kreuzschwestern Linz (AT)
12:59, 19 years | u19

Ugrott a busás vacsora? / That’s it for dinner?| Réka Márta (HU)
02:54, 16 Jahre | c3<19

A lény nyaral / The Creature on vacation | Emma Pásztor (HU)
00:22, 11 years | c3<19

Dreaming

Somebody Is Trying To Kill Me | Pupils of BG Klosterneuburg
03:55, 16 years | u19
Samen | Anna Fachbach, Franziska Gallé, Jona Lingitz, Lisa Rass/ Pupils of HTBLVA-GrazOrtweinschule (AT)

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Ars Electronica Animation Festival on Tour 2020

March 29, 2021 Athens Science Festival Greece
April 12, 2021 Austrijski kulturni forum Zagreb Croatia
April 14, 2021 Bunt wie der Frühling @ Austrian Cultural Forum Belarus
April 27, 2021 Cairotronica Festival Egypt
May 1, 2021 Cairotronica Festival Egypt
May 20, 2021 Bucharest Film Faculty, Visual Contemporary Culture Romania
May 22, 2021 Bucharest Film Faculty, Visual Contemporary Culture Romania
July 28, 2021 Waterpieces Festival / Festivals “Udensgabali” Latvia
July 30, 2021 – August 1, 2022 Kino ARMATA Pristina Kosovo
August 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022 HafenKunstKino Düsseldorf Germany
August 27 – September 2, 2021 Warsaw Animation Film Festival Poland
September 9-12, 2021 GOGBOT Festival Enschede Netherlands
October 9, 2021 Austrian Cultural Forum New York – Ars Electronica Film Screening USA
September 17, 2021 Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo Brasil
September 10-18, 2021 animatex film festivals Cairo Egypt
October 5-10, 2021 FACYL Salamanca Spain
August 20, 2021 Patchlab Krakow Poland
October 8-10, 2021 Patchlab Krakow Poland
October 24, 2021 KDIAF Kuandu International Animation Festival Taipei Taiwan
October 29 – December 31, 2021 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival Hong Kong China
November 4-6, 2021 AniNation – The International Animation Festival, Jerusalem Israel
November 8-14, 2021 CINANIMA Espinho Portugal

The Prix Ars Electronica, organized by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & Co KG, is made possible by support from the City of Linz and the CyberArts Exhibition of the prize-winning works is supported by OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH. Special Thanks for additional support go to KulturKontakt Austria/OeAD, MIC – managing international customs & trade compliance, and University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus. The Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2020 on Tour screens a selection of outstanding films submitted to the Computer Animation category Prix Ars Electronica 2020. This tour was produced in collaboration and with special thanks to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.