Based on the computer animation category of the Prix Ars Electronica international competition, animated pictorial worlds have been a cornerstone of the Ars Electronica media art Festival and have been discussed and presented in various forms ever since. Since 2005, the Ars Electronica Animation Festival has been bringing together a multifaceted program at the intersections of animation, art and technology.
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First launched as an open-air show at Ars Electronica in 1987, the Electronic Theatre presents a selection of best works chosen by the jury. It showcases current productions that are characterized by their artistic content along with cultural and technological innovation.
When the Sea Sends Forth a Forest
Guangli Liu (CN)
GOLDEN NICA — Prix Ars Electronica 2021
With “When the sea sends forth a forest”, Guangli Liu addresses the forgotten history of Cambodia’s Chinese community, which was persecuted, expelled and killed by the Khmer Rouge and abandoned by China in all of this. Given the lack of historical footage from the country, which was completely sealed off from the outside world at the time, Guangli Liu uses two very contradictory sources; on the one hand, the regime’s propaganda videos and, on the other, the horror images that were disseminated around the world after its fall. Guangli Liu virtuously interweaves the old footage with 3D representations from a game engine to create a unique visual story.
Veneta Androva (BG)
AWARD OF DISTINCTION – Prix Ars Electronica 2021
In the animated film AIVA, Bulgarian filmmaker Veneta Androva introduces us to a female AI artist designed by a male engineering team in a fictional documentary on her work. The film addresses the lack of a diversified perspective in the field of artificial intelligence, which, though mostly created by men, portrays women.
Moïse Togo (ML)
HONORARY MENTION – Prix Ars Electronica 2021
One other Honorary Mentions with critical positions in the program are $75,000 (2020), a short film by Malian-born artist Moïse Togo. Togo’s 14-minute animation, a collage of drawings, filmed elements and 3D scans, addresses the discrimination, mutilation and ritual crimes experienced by albinos in Africa.
Imge Özbilge, Sine Özbilge (TR)
HONORARY MENTION – Prix Ars Electronica 2021
In the short film Mosaic (2020), by siblings Imge and Sine Özbilge, we accompany three characters in a colorful Middle Eastern city that is suddenly attacked by a cat-like monster. The sisters, who hail from Turkey, already received an Honorary Mention in 2020 for their work #21xoxo (2019).
curated by Sirikit Amann
Young Animations program is a selection put together by Sirikit Amann (OeAD) from the national competition u19-create your world in the Prix Ars Electronica 2021, including short films, computer animations and stop-motion works using Lego or clay.
Der Mann ohne Gesicht / Sophia Lindenthal (19 years
old) | 01:23 min
- Silence / Felix Zorn-Pauli (16 years old) | 00:59 min
INCERT / Isa Mutevelic, Simon Effenberger, David
Stummer (18 years old) | 01:37 min
The Me and the We
Sondafart / Nuria Blum, Johannes Deibl, Leo Jenewein,
Paula Jenewein, Miles Lewis, Andre Moshammer, Manuel Netto, Liam Wilhelm
(10 years old) | 01:02 min
Verfuchst noch mal / Alma Malzer (11 years old) |
Stranger / Ida Onzek, Jasmin Schlögl (15 / 17 years
old) | 01:47 min
Floating world / Ella Bella Guggenbichler (17 years
old) | 02:23 min
H.A.M. / Noah Bujnoch, Dora Ispanovic, Beatrice Lazar
(18 years old) | 01:07 min
Die Zauberkiste / Jakob, Julian, Mia, Neon, Paul (15
years) | 02:44 min
Dedicated to Bin Chun / Paul Emprechtinger, Peter
Gratl, Julian Lutz, Adam Malzer, Alma Malzer, Gabriel Schwarzenauer,
Madita Zangerl (10 years old) | 01:01 min
Echinomorph / Mirjam Lehner (18 years old) | 01:20
Time Machine / Matthias Riegler (12 years old) | 00:52
In the End
The Click / Caroline Bär, Zara Dineva, Julia
Scheiwein, Anna Zoglauer (18 years old ) | 02:23 min
Das Donauweibchen / Fabio, Jenan, Lara, Laura, Neea,
Valerie (8 years old) | 04:32 min
Das unmögliche Computerspiel / Ali Kaan, Finn, Milan,
Valentina, Pascal, Raffaela, Yaara (11 years old) | 03:32 min
The Prix Ars Electronica, organized by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & CoKG, is made possible by support from the City of Linz; the CyberArts Exhibition of the prize-winning works is supported by OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH. Special Thanks for additional support go to Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, TOMITA information Hub, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and OeAD. The Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2021 on Tour screens a selection of outstanding films submitted to the Computer Animation category Prix Ars Electronica 2021.
This tour was produced in collaboration and with special thanks to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.