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.

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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
September 9, 2022 STARTS Day 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.

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Interviews and Stories

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.
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.
“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!"
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.
The STARTS-Prize Jury in Linz
The 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 Futures
Can 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.

Read all STARTS Prize stories and interviews on the Ars Electronica Blog!