Grand prize of the European Commission honoring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts S+T+ARTS = STARTS – Innovation at the Nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS: STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice that effectively implement European policymaking to nurture innovation and that benefit the art world as well. The focus is on people and projects that contribute to mastering the social, ecological and economic challenges this continent faces. One element of this STARTS Initiative is a prestigious award generously endowed with €40,000 in prize money. A yearly competition is held to single out for recognition innovative projects at the nexus of science, technology and the arts that have what it takes to make a significant impact on economic and social innovation. The two STARTS prizewinners each receive €20,000 and are prominently featured at Ars Electronica and other events of the consortium partners BOZAR, Waag, INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, French Tech Grande Provence and Frankfurter Buchmesse. The winners of the 2022 STARTS Prize will be announced on June 13, 2022. The next submission will start in January 2023! WINNERS 2021 JURY NETWORK December 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022 Exhibition and performances at Bozar January 11, 2022 Submission phase for the STARTS Prize 2022 starts March 14, 2022 Extended Submission deadline April 28 – May 1, 2022 Jury Meeting June 13, 2022 Announcement of winners September 7-11, 2022 Exhibition and talks at Ars Electronica Festival Innovation in and for Europe Science, Technology and arts (STARTS for short) limn a nexus at which insightful observers have identified extraordinarily high potential for innovation. And innovation is 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. In this STARTS Prize initiative, the European Commission’s focus is on projects and people that can make meaningful contributions to this effort. Art as Catalyst Here, art is assigned the role of catalyst that propagates scientific and technological knowledge and skills among the general public and triggers innovative processes. Accordingly, STARTS is emphasizing, on one hand, artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and, on the other hand, very promising forms of collaboration between the private sector and the world of art and culture. A prizewinning project will be singled out for recognition in both categories and each will be supported with €20,000 prize money. Interviews and Stories The STARTS-Prize Jury in LinzThe international jury met for a weekend at the Ars Electronica Center to decide on the two winning projects for the STARTS Prize 2022.Circular Records for Circular FuturesCan records be made from biomaterials? Artists Kat Austen and Fara Peluso think so and will work on developing a low-carbon alternative to vinyl during their S+T+ARTS Residency.Circular economy instead of throwaway societyTo counteract climate change, plastics must be handled differently. Design, life cycle, recycling on the one hand, industry, society and politics on the other hand are needed for this.Deepfake: When the Moon Landing failedHalsey Burgundy and Francesca Panetta discovered the prepared speech for U.S. President Nixon in the archives and recreated it in a deceptively realistic way.Day 2: Welcome to Innovation DayThursday is all about innovation – in a whole series of panels, talks and symposia, experts from art, science and business meet and think ahead. At the same time, the exhibitions will present works that illustrate innovation in the 21st century.STARTS Prize 2021: New products from food scraps720 tons of food are thrown away in a single day in Catalonia. It is figures like these that have prompted Anastasia Pistofidou, Marion Real and The Remixers of Fab Lab Barcelona, IaaC, to take action. Read all STARTS Prize stories and interviews on the Ars Electronica Blog!