Prix Ars Electronica 2021 counts 3,158 entries from 86 countries

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(Linz, 14.6.2021) 3,158 projects from 86 countries were submitted to the Prix Ars Electronica 2021, despite a pandemic and a temporary shutdown of the art world. “As a central hub in the global network of media art, we’ve been getting a very direct sense of how much pressure artists around the world are under since March 2020,” says Gerfried Stocker, Ars Electronica’s artistic director. “In light of that, we decided in the spring of 2021 to increase the Prix Ars Electronica’s prize money. This time, there will not only be 10,000 euros each for the ‘Golden Nicas,’ but also an additional 6,000 euros for the ‘Awards of Distinction.’”

Parallel to the Prix Ars Electronica, there are two new competitions this year: the “Isao Tomita Special Prize” and, in cooperation with the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the “Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity.” “We will be able to pay out a total of 69,000 euros in prize money this year, which has been such a difficult one for many artists,” explains Stocker. “In addition, we will do our utmost to commission as many artists as possible to present their exciting projects at the festival in Linz in September.”

The 2021 Golden Nicas go to …
The Golden Nicas of the 2021 Prix Ars Electronica go to Alexander Schubert of Germany in the “Digital Musics & Sound Art” category, Guangli Liu of China in the “Computer Animation” category, and the international artists’ collective “Forensic Architecture” in the “Artificial Intelligence & Life Art” category. In the category “u19 – create your world,” the Golden Nica goes to the Viennese students Felix Senk, Emil Steixner and Max-Jakob Beer (all AT). The first “Isao Tomita Special Prize” goes to Khyam Allami from Great Britain and the “Counterpoint” collective, while the “Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity” goes to Climate Action Tech (EU/Global).

Renowned jurors from around the world
All these prizes were awarded by highly distinguished jurors. In the Digital Musics and Sound Art category, these were Ludger Brümmer (DE), Cedrik Fermont (CD/BE/DE), Rikke Frisk (DK), Daito Manabe (JP) and Christine McLeavey Payne (US). In the Computer Animation category, the judges were Juliane Götz (DE), Hsin-Chien Huang (TW), Randa Maroufi (MR/FR), Casey Reas (US) and Helen Starr (TT). In the category “Artificial Intelligence & Life Art,” the winners were Jens Hauser (DE/FR/DK), Kenric McDowell (US), Karen Palmer (GB) and Regina Rapp (DE). The winning projects in the category “u19 – create your world” were awarded by Sirikit Amann (AT), Josef Dorninger (AT), Conny Lee (AT), Mira Lu Kovacs (AT) and Tori Reichel (AT). “The prestige of the ‘Prix Ars Electronica’ depends in large part on the high level of expertise

Convergence / Alexander Schubert (DE), Goldene Nica Digital Music & Sound Art / Fotocredit: Alexander Schubert / printversion

When The Sea Sends Forth a Forest / Guangli Liu (CN), Golden Nica Computer Animation / photo: Guangli Liu / Printversion

Cloud Studies / Forensic Architecture (INT), Golden Nica Artificial Intelligence & Life Art / photo: Forensic Architecture / printversion

Apotome / AKhyam Allami (GB), Counterpoint (INT), Isao Tomita Special Prize / photo: Camille Blake – CTM Festival-77 / printversion

re-wire / Felix Senk, Emil Steixner, Max-Jakob Beer / photo: Camille Blake – CTM Festival-77 / printversion

Branch Magazine: A Sustainable and Just Internet for All / Climate Action Tech (EU/Global, Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs / photo: Climate Action Tech / printversion

video Convergence / Alexander Schubert (DE)

video When the Sea Sends Out a Forest / Guangli Liu (CN)