Jury 2024

Prix Ars Electronica

New Animation Art
Interactive Art +
u19–create your world

New Animation Art

Kalina Borkiewicz

Kalina Borkiewicz (US/PL) has been at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the last decade, most recently as director of the Visualization Program Office and director of the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL). The AVL is an Academy Award-nominated team which creates cinematic scientific visualizations for museums, IMAX, and documentary films. Kalina is currently working on a PhD in computer graphics and visualization at the University of Utah.

Fanni Fazakas

Fanni Fazakas (HU/NZ) is a Technical Artist, Director, and Researcher who specializes in using XR technology to bring attention to the stories of marginalized individuals and create real-world impact. Her current project, Missing 10 Hours VR, is a non-fiction Virtual Reality experience that explores the use of GHB and the Bystander Effect. It has won several awards, including Best in Show VR at Siggraph Los Angeles and Asia, Best XR at Kaohsiung Festival Taiwan, and Best XR Impact at DocEdge Film Festival New Zealand, for its impact. Through her work, Fanni has developed co-creation strategies and principles that she actively uses in her teaching and artistic work within her digital artist collective RUMEXR. She designs and actively organizes workshops for women in the art and tech industries to combat underrepresentation in VFX and electronic music. Fanni is currently a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Victoria University Wellington – Te Herenga Waka, where she teaches in the Master of Design Technology program. She earned her BA degree and taught non-linear storytelling at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. Fanni holds a master’s in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University’s ITP Program.

Ari Melenciano

Ari Melenciano (US) is an artist, technologist, researcher, and theorist whose work reveals the synergy between computation, cultural metacognition, and transcendental expression. She is a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer at universities around the world, sharing her research on creative and societally inquisitive uses of emerging technologies. She occasionally designs and teaches courses at universities around NYC including New York University and The Pratt Institute’s Design School. Her work has been supported and published by Sundance, The New York Times, The Studio Museum of Harlem, MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative, The Ford Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and more.

Georgy Molodtsov

Georgy Molodtsov (RU/GE) is an Award winning XR Director and producer, as well as XR Festivals curator. His works were participating in Cannes XR (Under the pillow), nominated for PGA and received Webby Awards (Oxymore by Jean-Michel Jarre), as well as he organised over 30 different XR events in Europe and Central Asia. For his latest XR animation project “MormoVerse” he was awarded with Raindance Immersive Award. 

Chris Salter

Chris Salter (US/CH) is Professor/Director of the Immersive Arts Space at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) as well as Professor Emeritus, Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. His artistic work has been seen all over the world at the Venice Biennale, Barbican Centre, Berliner Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, and Kunstfest Weimar, among many others. He is the author of Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (2010), Alien Agency (2015) and Sensing Machines (2022), all from MIT Press

Interactive Art +

Clemens Apprich

Clemens Apprich (AT) is head of the Department of Media Theory as well as the Peter Weibel Research Institute for Digital Cultures at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he holds the Professorship for Media Theory and History since 2021. Since fall 2023 he has been Vice-Rector for Research & Digitality. Apprich is, among other things, a member of the Assembly of Delegates of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) as well as the Digital Democracies Institute at Simon Fraser University.

Photo: Sohphia Wilson

Salome Asega

Salome Asega (US) is an artist and Director of NEW INC at the New Museum. Her work invites the playful and absurd to critique the speed at which technology develops and poses new consentful tech futures leveraging the power of collective imagination. Salome is a 2022 United States Artists Fellow and an inaugural cohort member of the Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab developed by Theaster Gates, Rebuild Foundation and Prada. She is also a co-founder of POWRPLNT, a Brooklyn digital arts lab for teens, incubated at NEW INC in Year 3. Salome has participated in residencies and fellowships with Eyebeam, The Laundromat Project, and Recess. She has exhibited at the Munch Museum, 11th Shanghai Biennale, MoMA, Carnegie Library, August Wilson Center, Knockdown Center, and more.

Shiho Fukuhara

Shiho Fukuhara (JP) is an artist, designer, and researcher who explores how new technology and traditional crafts can critically reflect our consciousness of physicality, aesthetics, and materiality. She has been creating art work and products by developing new materials such as genetically modified plants, smart textiles, and biologically enhanced yarns. She joined Google ATAP’s Project Jacquard as a Technology Integration Lead in 2014 and was one of its founding members. She is a member of Human Awesome Error and a founder of Poiesis Labs.

José-Carlos Mariátegui

José-Carlos Mariátegui (PE/UK) is a writer, curator, scholar and entrepreneur on culture and technology. He is the founder of Alta Tecnología Andina – ATA (Lima, Peru), an organization working at the intersection of art, science, technology and society in Latin America. Dr. Mariategui is a Lecturer at LUISS (Rome), a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE (London) and a Board Member of Future Everything (UK). Has published in journals such as AI & Society, Third Text, The Information Society, Telos and Leonardo. His multidisciplinary research embraces media archeology, digitization, video archives and the impact of technology in memory institutions. He co-edited a special issue for AI & Society on Cybernetics in Latin America (2022) and authored an extensive research on the video art collections in Latin America for Getty’s book Encounters in Video Art in Latin America (2023). He is part of the curatorial team of ARTEONICA*: Art, Science, and Technology in Latin America Today, which opens in September 2024 at the MOLAA in Long Beach as part of Getty’s PST ART: Art & Science Collide.

Olga Tykhonova

Olga Tykhonova (UA/AT) is a researcher and curator of institutional formats, by day Head of Research & Development of MUSEUM BOOSTER. Olga combines research and hands-on practice aimed at ecosystemic advancement of cultural heritage institutions, particularly museums. Approaching the buzz-topic of sector’s digital transformation she explores how can and should we, as a sector, shift our focus from technologies of ‘information and data’ to those of world-building, imagination and caring. As a curator and architect of multi-constituent partnerships and funding programs, she is particularly looking at the intersection of art, social design and creative technology, investigating ways to nurture shared social ecology for collaboration across diverse epistemic cultures. Currently she is a research curator of the Future Museum, Museum Leadership House and is redesigning Museum Innovation Barometer with the team.

u19–create your world

Sirikit Amann

Sirikit Amann (AT) has been a juror since the very inception of the u19—create your world category for children and young people up to the age of 19  in Austria. She was director of cultural education at KulturKontakt Austria. Since 2020 she is the head of the sector “Education and Society” with a focus on digital education at the OeAD-GmbH. The OeAD is the Austrian Agency for Education and Internationalization. She had previously served as an expert advisor in artistic affair at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture and in the Office of the former Federal Chancellery Minister. In 2024, she will represent Austria as a delegate at the UNESCO World Conference on Culture and Arts Education.

Conny Lee

Conny Lee (AT) works with words and feelings at the FM4 radio station, where the one is closely linked to the other. She hosts the midday show there, co-hosts the FM4 morning show, is on the road at various music festivals with special broadcasts and deals editorially with analog and digital gaming culture. In addition to her radio work, she also hosts live events, award ceremonies and congresses. Conny Lee is part of the core team on the u19–create your world jury. 

Photo: Agnes Hofinger

Emil Klostermann

Emil Klostermann (AT) studies painting at the University of Art Linz. His works highlight both socio-political issues and personal experiences. He deals with topics such as gender roles, beauty ideals and discrimination. His art is intended to provoke and make people think/feel. This often results in installative works or curatorial approaches that aim to actively involve the viewers.  
Outside of the visual arts, he is interested in pop culture, film and theatre. 

Anahita Neghabat

Anahita Neghabat is a social anthropologist, artist and activist working on critical education, intersectional feminism and (anti-Muslim) racism. As a researcher-in-residence, she conducted research at KinderKunstLabor, an exhibition space for contemporary art for and with children, starting in August 2023. Since 2019, she has been commenting on Austrian domestic politics with satirical images as @ibiza_austrian_memes and was awarded Young European of the Year by the Schwarzkopf Foundation for this work in 2022.

Photo: Felix Hafner

Anna Wielander

Anna Wielander (AT) studied Slavic Studies and Journalism in Vienna and has a Master’s degree in Political Science, which she completed in Prague. She worked as an online editor and social media manager at ORF until 2021. In 2022, she moved to Der Standard, where, in addition to her work in daily news reporting, she also conducts investigative research into the abuse of power. In 2023, the production Gondelgschichten by her theater collective Institut für Medien, Politik und Theater was invited to the radikal jung Festival at the Münchner Volkstheater.