a virtual Kunsthalle

Cultural Diplomacy & Artistic Freedom

The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine calls for a clear commitment and a lived solidarity with artists and cultural workers whose political or social circumstances make it difficult or impossible to visibly pursue their activities. With the “State of the ART(ist)” call for proposals, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and Ars Electronica are now creating a virtual art gallery to enable artistic freedoms to unfold within a secure framework. This is intended to support artists in Ukraine and around the world for whom a commitment to peace, freedom and self-determination is not possible locally or is possible only under great threat.
All submitted State of the ART(ist) projects will be presented as part of the Ars Electronica Festival 2022 “Welcome to Planet B: A different life is possible. But how?” and thus made visible to a worldwide audience. Furthermore, an international jury from the fields of art and culture will select several works and curate three virtual exhibitions with them that are related to this year’s festival motto.
Ars Electronica
Project conception: Simon Mraz
May 30, 2022 Start of submission
July 3, 2022 Extended Submission deadline
July, 2022 Jury Meeting
August 23, 2022 Announcement of the prize winners
“With State of the ART(ist) we create a tool for artists around the world to make visible what their respective circumstances would not otherwise allow. In this way, we are setting another example for the universal right to freedom of opinion and artistic expression and, together with the leading festival in the field of art, new technologies and society, we are creating a novel initiative to support and make visible suppressed art. This is what Austrian cultural work abroad stands for.”
Alexander Schallenberg, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Austria
“In 2022, Ars Electronica welcomes you to ‘Planet B’. A rather large continent of this planet designed by artists will be dedicated to the question of how we can live together peacefully and respectfully across borders of states, cultures, languages, religions and genders. The virtual exhibition ‘State of the ART(ist)’ will be the linchpin of this debate.”
Martin Honzik, Managing Director Ars Electronica Festival and CCO Ars Electronica