(June 8, 2020, Linz/Brussels) STARTS stands for Science, Technology, and Arts. The European Commission’s initiative aims to promote innovative cooperation between science, technology, and the arts and to bring it to the wider public’s attention in the form of the annually awarded STARTS Prize. The “STARTS PRIZE ’20—Grand Prize Artistic Exploration” goes to the Canadian architect and installation artist Andrea Ling, and the “STARTS Prize ’20 Grand Prize—Innovative Collaboration” is being awarded to the Russian artist Olga Kisseleva. Both artists can look forward to a STARTS trophy and 20,000 euros each. On this occasion, the Honorary Mentions go to Julian Goldman (US) and Victoria Manganiello (US), Karen Palmer (GB), Dave Hakkens (NL), Pei-Ying Lin (TW), M Eifler (US), Paolo Cirio (IT), Avril Corroon (IE), David Quiles Guilló (ES), Lauren Lee McCarthy (US) and Jiabao Li (CN). The international and renowned STARTS jury consisted of Mara Balestrini (IT), Clara Blume (AT), Francesca Bria (IT), Domhnaill Hernon (IE), Nobu Ide (JP), Alexander Mankowsky (DE) and Kei Shimada (US/JP). In total, the STARTS Prize 2020 received 1,775 entries from 89 countries.
The European Commission’s STARTS Initiative
“S+T+ARTS = STARTS Initiative—Innovation at the Nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS” is a European Commission initiative that views the digital transformation of industry, culture, and society as the main driver for interdisciplinary and cross-genre cooperation on innovation. The initiative aims to link technology and artistic practice in the best possible way and to benefit both European innovation policy and the art world. STARTS wants to put the spotlight on people and projects that contribute to dealing with Europe’s social, environmental, and economic challenges. As part of this initiative, the prestigious STARTS Prize, which is endowed with a total of 40,000 euros in prize money, is intended to honor and put a spotlight on innovative projects at the interface of art, technology, and science (Science, Technology and Arts—STARTS for short). The STARTS Prize seeks out and awards prizes to projects that successfully experiment with cooperation between science, technology, and the arts and have the potential to contribute to economic and social innovation. Ars Electronica, Bozar, and Waag have been entrusted to make the STARTS Prize a reality.