2020 Nominations

Nominations 2020

Voicing Borders

On the Eastern boundary of Europe, razor-wire fence stretches across Georgia. It marks territories occupied by the Russian invasion of 2008. Voicing Borders is an installation addressing this situation.

Topographie Digitale

Topographie Digitale is an interactive installation. This landscape uses electrically functionalized and pleated textiles as sensitive surfaces reacting to touch to interact with a video-projected digital clone of this scenery.

The Net Wanderer – A tour of suspended handshakes

The Net Wanderer is a research project that explores the connection between the critical network gateways in China and the infrastructure running these gateways.

The Substitute

The Substitute explores a paradox: our preoccupation with creating new life forms, while neglecting existing ones.

Stymphalian Birds

Stymphalian Birds is an art installation in which complex haptic interactions with feathers are sonified in acoustic soundscapes.

Sounding Soil

Sounding Soil began when Marcus Maeder one day, out of sheer curiosity, stuck a self-developed, highly sensitive needle microphone into the ground on an alpine pasture in the Valais/Switzerland.

Re3 Glass

The Re3 Glass project introduces a novel, reversible building system comprising dry‐assembled, interlocking cast components out of waste glass.


Re:flex is the result of experiment-driven, multidisciplinary research around materials that can respond to physical stimuli. It draws inspiration from natural organisms which can adapt to changes in their environment by adjusting themselves naturally to new circumstances.


INNER VALUES deals with the value of alleged waste products in animal processing.

Hybrid Living Materials

Hybrid Living Materials (HLMs) point to an exciting future for designers at the intersection of biology and technology—the grown and the made—to deliver products that are customized to a particular shape, as well as a specific material, chemical, and even genetic make-up.

Hale: An Upgrade on Patient Attire

Hale: An Upgrade on Patient Attire aims to create a conversation around the potential development of the hospital gown and to predict, using simple solutions, what could potentially become the future of the patient gown.

CONTAIN / Open Cell – Mobile COVID19 Emergency Testing Facilities

CONTAIN a decentralized and open-source approach for testing COVID19.

Compression Cradle

Compression Cradle envisages a future world where mechanical touch is an antidote for today’s ‘forever connectedness.’

Code of Conscience

The Code of Conscience is open source software that restricts the use of heavy-duty vehicles in protected land areas.

CMD: Experiment in Bio Algorithmic Politics

In this installation, two artificial ecosystems are sharing a light source. The photosynthetic cells and the computer are experimenting with different political systems granting access to this resource, allowing the system to oscillate between collaboration and competition.


BETAlight is a flexible light source that can be worn on the body and allows the user to adjust its shape, orientation, brightness, and light temperature according to his or her needs.

Be Water by Hong Kongers

Since the summer of 2019, a tremendous political movement has been happening in Hong Kong. Digital technology plays a key role in the whole movement.


aqua_forensic illuminates the invisible anthropogenic pharmaceutical pollutants—residues of human consumption. The project combines art/science/citizen science in a “hunt for a monster” and opens the discussion about our solidarity and empathy with waters beyond human perception.