Impression of the Ars Electronica Festival

Ars Electronica Festival

The Ars Electronica Festival 2016 took place September 8-12 in Linz, Austria. The festival was staged at a variety of locations throughout the inner city—classic artistic and cultural venues, streets, squares and parks, and even shopping malls, schools, churches or mothballed factory grounds. And no less diverse than the locations were the productions on the festival’s program. Exhibitions and presentations, conferences and panel discussions, workshops, concerts, screenings, performances and interventions made up a jam-packed lineup of fascinating events. The STARTS recipients were showcased at several of them!

Impression of the Ars Electronica Gala

Prix Ars Electronica Gala

At the Prix Ars Electronica Gala on September 9, 2016, not only the Golden Nica prizewinners of the Prix Ars Electronica were singled out for recognition; the STARTS recipients were also publically honored.

Impression of the Cyberarts exhibition

STARTS Prize Exhibition

A selection of the most outstanding projects submitted for prize consideration to the STARTS Prize were presented at the Ars Electronica Festival.

Impression of the STARTS forum


But attention isn’t focused only on the prizewinning projects; Ars Electronica’s spotlight also shines on the people who produced them. At the STARTS Forum 2016 (September, 2016), the winners had an opportunity to elaborate on their approach and point of view, their methodology and the results they have achieved with it.


BOZAR Electronic Art Festival BEAF

Immediately after the Ars Electronica Festival, the Best of STARTS 2016 traveled to Brussels where it went on display in conjunction with the BOZAR Electronic Art Festival BEAF September 23-25, 2016. The BEAF has made a name for itself with a broad spectrum of activities dedicated to contemporary art and culture. It’s a setting for intensive encounters with exceptional work in the field of digital culture. The festival encompasses electronic music, installations, artistic performances, film & video screenings, workshops and discussions. It’s a don’t-miss event for fans of digital art.

DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum

In the framework of the collaborative exhibition between Volkswagen and Ars Electronica from July 1st 2016 to August 27th 2016 at the DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum Berlin, Ars Electronica presented a selection of the STARTS Prize Winners 2016 in the exhibition “Human Factor – Endless Prototyping” to 170.000 visitors.

Science Agora Japan

Ars Electronica presented selected winners of the STARTS Prize 2016 during Science Agora from November 3rd-November 5th 2016 in the form of presentations and talks in Japan.