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.

December 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022 Exhibition and performances at Bozar
January 11, 2022 Submission phase for the STARTS Prize 2022 starts
March 2, 2022 Submission deadline
April 28 – May 1, 2022 Jury Meeting
June, 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

Circular economy instead of throwaway society
To 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 failed
Halsey 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 3: Friday is New Digital Deal Day
Climate justice, sustainable digitization, solidarity and care, low-carbon design and education – all important ingredients for a new approach to the challenges of our time.
Day 2: Welcome to Innovation Day
Thursday 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 scraps
720 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.
Man, machine and trust
Trust is one of those things. With a bit of luck, we gather more good than bad experiences, fall back into a – trusted – network when we stumble, and can face new experiences positively and without any worries.

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