State of the ART(ist)

State of the ART(ist) Exhibition 2022, Credit: Florian Voggeneder


We would like to answer frequently asked questions here for all artists participating in the Open Call:

  • Artistic projects from creatives that live in politically oppressive systems, where freedom of speech is not guaranteed or that suffer from natural catastrophies linked to the climate crisis.
  • Projects addressing artistic ways to empower communities and individuals through digital technologies.
  • There is no time limit related to the creation of the project.

Every submitted project must be, at the time of its submission, either totally completed or far enough along for the jury to be able to assess its quality and the likelihood of it being successfully implemented. The same applies to collaborative arrangements—at the time they are submitted, they must already be up-and-running and in the implementation stage. No consideration will be given to entries that are purely concepts, ideas, or proposals for collaboration. There is no limit to the timeframe in which the project was created.

The submission phase for 2023 has already ended.

Proposal reception is only possible by using the foreseen submission platform (

Submitters will receive registration information, acknowledgment of receipt of the submission, information when the call is closed and on the decision of the selection through the platform.

Submissions can be made either anonymously or by mentioning names/locations.

The database is stored on a secure server and encrypted to prevent hackers or other attacks and to ensure the privacy, safety, and security of the submitters. If you would like more details to confirm your safety, please contact us directly.

The two main prizes will receive an honorarium of each €3.000,- per project and the eight Honorary Mentions will each/per project receive a fee of €750,- for the presentation of their work in the digital Kunsthalle and the Ars Electronica Festival. Some of the selected artists, that are able to travel, will be invited to visit the Ars Electronica Festival. Travel and Accommodation is covered. If required, Ars Electronica can offer a studio and living space during the summer months in Linz. More information can be found on the Open Call page.

Artists / creative professionals (no matter if individuals or groups) or associations, public institutions, NGO and private enterprises clearly demonstrating artistic collaborative practices. Projects may be submitted only by an authorized representative. Purely commercial projects are not eligible for the prize competition.

The submission period for the 2023 State of the ART(ist) Open Call lasted from March 15, 2023 to April 28, 2023, 23:59 CEST.

There is no fee to enter the competition.

  • A video documentary (approximately 3 minutes in length)
  • Images (JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG) at the highest possible resolution; compressed files (such as .zip or .lzh files) are unacceptable.
  • A clear, detailed description of the concept, the form of interaction and technical implementation.
  • A printable portrait photo and a biography of the artist/creator/innovator
  • At the entrant’s option, additional material such as images, documents and drawings (as PNG or PDF) can also be submitted.

  • A creator may submit more than one work.
  • Entrants are requested not to submit irreplaceable originals since submitted materials cannot be returned.
  • If an entry is awarded a prize, the material will be used and therefore cleared for any communication purpose from Ars Electronica and the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

If entrants send in additional material pertaining to your submission via post, they need to mail it by the submission deadline (date of postmark is determinative) to the address:

Ars Electronica GmbH & Co KG
Code “Ars Electronica — State of the ART(ist) Call”
Ars-Electronica-Straße 1
A – 4040 Linz

The curator’s selection will be made in May 2023. The selection committee will be compiled out of Ars Electronica, the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs as well as external curators.

If the submitted work is selected by the curators, the artist is committed to present the submitted work in the frame of the Ars Electronica Festival from September 6th to 10th, 2023.

Before that, they will be presented to the media representatives on June 29, 2023.

Any questions?

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