Grand prize of the European Commission honoring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts

S+T+ARTS = Innovation at the Nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS:
S+T+ARTS 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 S+T+ARTS 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 S+T+ARTS 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.

January 11, 2023 Submission phase for the S+T+ARTS Prize 2023 started
March 13, 2023 Extended Submission deadline
April 20 – 23, 2023 Jury Meeting
June 19, 2023 Announcement of winners
September 6-10, 2023 Exhibition and talks at Ars Electronica Festival
7. September, 2023 S+T+ARTS Day at Ars Electronica Festival

The submission phase for the 2023 S+T+ARTS Prize is already closed. The next submission will start in mid-January 2024.

Innovation in and for Europe

Science, Technology and arts (S+T+ARTS 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 S+T+ARTS 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, S+T+ARTS 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

Old habits and new experiments
To find out how POSTCITY as a venue affects the exhibition concept of Prix Ars Electronica and S+T+ARTS, read on. Old habits and new experiments – Ars Electronica Blog.
On the track of innovation
What do jackets made of orange peel, parasites for smart home devices and the monitoring of our oceans have in common? That's right! They all characterize the enormous thematic scope of the S+T+ARTS Prize. On the track of innovation – Ars Electronica Blog.
STARTS Day: Artistic Innovation and Musical Visions
What are the highlights of the Friday of the Ars Electronica Festival? We'll give you some interesting insights into the packed program. STARTS Day: Artistic Innovation and Musical Visions – Ars Electronica Blog.
Opening Day: Highlights and Insights
The first day of the Ars Electronica Festival awaits you with exciting performances and lots of art, technology and new inspirations. Opening Day: Highlights and Insights – Ars Electronica Blog.
“What happens in Antarctica does not stay in Antarctica”
What does the melting of Antarctica have to do with the future of planet Earth? A lot – and that's exactly why Giulia Foscari and UNLESS, in the work "Antarctic Resolution", awarded the STARTS Prize 2022, have called for saving Antarctica and say: "Speak up for Antarctica now!" “What happens in Antarctica does not stay in Antarctica” – Ars Electronica Blog.
Holly+: Come and sing like Holly Herndon!
"It takes a village to create something special" and Holly Herndon and her team have succeeded in doing just that. In the interview, she presents her machine learning project in more detail, for which she has now received the European Commission's STARTS Prize 2022. Holly+: Come and sing like Holly Herndon! – Ars Electronica Blog.

Read all S+T+ARTS Prize stories and interviews on the Ars Electronica Blog!