EU Call for Proposals: STARTS Prize 2018 – Grand prize of the European Commission honoring innovation in technology, industry and society stimulated by the arts
Appointed by the European Commission, Ars Electronica, BOZAR and Waag Society are launching a prize to select the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts. This follows the launch of a new activity in the European Commission named STARTS: Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS.
Science, Technology and Arts (=STARTS) form a nexus with an extraordinarily high potential for creative innovation. And such innovation is considered to be precisely what’s called for if we’re to master the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe will be facing in the near future. The role of artists thus is no longer seen to be just about propagating scientific and technological knowledge and skills among the general public but much more as a kind of catalyst that can inspire and trigger innovative processes. The artistic practice of creative exploration and experimental appropriation of new technologies has a wide reaching potential to contribute to the development of new products and new economic, social and business models. Accordingly, the STARTS Prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.
Dateline for submission: March 2nd, 2018
Source: STARTS Prize
Illustration Photo: "Kitty AI" is a twelve-minute first-person narrative with post-Internet graphics that provides the audience with a snapshot of the history of affective computing, aiming to raise questions on the impact of technology on governance and evolution of urban settlements. The protagonist is Kitty AI—an artificial intelligence that acts as the first non-human governor of a European city in 2039. (credits: Pinar Yoldas (TR) / Ars Electronica / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))