[Fsf-friends] Prix Ars Electronica 2004 - Digital Communities Category (fwd)

Frederick Noronha (FN) fred@bytesforall.org
Mon Mar 8 00:44:29 IST 2004

It would be nice if some Indian FLOSS-ventures could consider taking part 
in this contest. FN

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We would like to invite you to participate  in this year's Prix Ars 
Electronica, the foremost international prize for computer-based art. To 
mark Ars Electronica's twenty-fifth anniversary in 2004, the Prix Ars 
Electronica has expanded its international competition for cyberarts to 
include a new "Digital Communities" category singling out for recognition 
projects of great sociopolitical relevance.

This new category encompasses the social consequences of the Internet as 
well as the latest developments in the domain of mobile communications 
and wireless networks. For a detailed description of the category and 
about Prix Ars Electronica in general, please see the attached PDF file 
or our website http://prixars.aec.at.


Two Golden Nicas will be awarded with 10,000 Euro each and 
4 Awards of Distinction with 5,000 Euro each and up to 14 Honorary Mentions.

The closing deadline for the entries is March 26th 2004 .

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Looking forward to your positive reply!

Sincerely yours,
Clara Picot

Clara Picot	
AEC Ars Electronica Center Linz
Museumsgesellschaft mbH
Hauptstrasse 2
A-4040 Linz / Austria
Tel: +43-732-7272-74
Fax: +43-732-7272-676
Email: communities@prixars.aec.at

Prix Ars Electronica 2004 
Prix Ars Electronica 2004 is the 18th editition of the foremost 
international competition for computer-based art. To mark Ars 
Electronica's 25th anniversary in 2004, it is being expanded to include a 
"Digital Communities" domain dedicated to social developments of great 
current relevance. Deadline for submissions is March 26th 2004 .

Prix Ars Electronica 2004 will be awarded in the following categories: 
"Computer Animation / Visual Effects", "Digital Musics", "Interactive 
Art", "Net Vision" and "Digital Communities".

Computer Animation / Visual Effects
The "Computer Animation / Visual Effects" category has been part of the 
Prix Ars Electronica since its very inception. It recognizes excellence 
in independent work in the arts and sciences as well as in high-end 
commercial productions in the film, advertising and entertainment 
industries. In this category, artistic originality counts just as much as 
masterful technical achievement.

Digital Musics
Contemporary digital sound productions from the broad spectrum of 
"electronica" come in for consideration in the "Digital Musics" category, 
as do works combining sound and media, computer compositions ranging from 
electro-acoustic to experimental music, or sound installations. This 
category's programmatic agenda is to expand horizons beyond the confines 
of individual genres and artistic currents.

Interactive Art
The "Interactive Art" category is dedicated to interactive works in all 
forms and formats, from installations to performances. Here, particular 
consideration is given to the realization of apowerful artistic concept 
through the especially appropriate use of technologies, the 
innovativeness of the interaction design, and the work's inherent potential to expand the human radius of action.

Net Vision
The "Net Vision" category singles out for recognition artistic projects 
in the Internet that display brilliance in how they have been engineered, 
designed and- especially-conceived, works that are outstanding with 
respect to innovation, interface design and the originality of their 
content. The way in which a work of net-based art deals with the online 
medium is essential in this category.

Digital Communities
"Digital Communities" encompasses the wide-ranging social consequences of 
the Internet as well as the latest developments in the domain of mobile 
communications and wireless networks. "Digital Communities" will 
spotlight bold and inspired innovations impacting human coexistence, 
bridging the digital divide regarding gender as well as geography, or 
creating outstanding social software and enhancing accessibility of 
technological-social infrastructure. This new category will showcase the 
political potential of digital and networked systems and is thus designed 
as a forum for a broad spectrum of projects, programs, initiatives and 
phenomenain which social innovation is taking place, as itwere, in real 

u19-freestyle computing
Competition for young people under 19 in Austria
Prix Ars Electronica u19-freestyle computing is an open category for all 
works that have been designed with or executed by the computer-from 
websites to software to robots. "freestyle computing" stands for freedom 
from the restrictions associated with the use of different tools and for 
a competition that pays just as much attention to innovation and 
creativity as it does to the age of the individual submitting it.

[The next idea] 
Art and Technology Grant
Discovering ideas for tomorrow in young minds today is the aim of this 
spin-off the highly successful u19 competition. Artists age 19-27 are 
invited to submit ideas and proposals for works not yet realized. The 
winner receives a stipend in the amount of 7,500 Euro and will be invited 
to spend a term as Artist in Residence at the Ars Electronica Futurelab-a 
great opportunity to bring project ideas to fruition and subsequently to 
present them to a large international audience at the Ars Electronica 

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