2019 Winners

Photo: Jürgen Grünwald

These are the winners of the S+T+ARTS Prize – Grand prize of the European Commission honoring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts:

Grand Prizes 2019

  • Project Alias

    Project Alias

    Bjørn Karmann, Tore Knudsen

    Grand Prize – Artistic Exploration: Awarded for artistic exploration and art works where appropriation by the arts has a strong potential to influence or alter the use, deployment or perception of technology.

  • Ciutat Vella’s Land-use Plan

    Ciutat Vella’s Land-use Plan

    300.000 Km/s

    Grand Prize – Innovative Collaboration: Awarded for innovative collaboration between industry or technology and the arts (and the cultural and creative sectors in general) that open new pathways for innovation.

Honorary Mentions 2019

  • Anatomy of an AI System

    Anatomy of an AI System

    Kate Crawford / AI Now Institute and Vladan Joler / SHARE Lab

    Anatomy of an AI System is a large-scale map and long-form essay investigating the human labor, data, and planetary resources required to build and operate an Amazon Echo. The exploded view diagram combines and visualizes three central, extractive processes that are required to run a large-scale artificial intelligence system: material resources, human labor, and data.

  • Arte Eletrônica Indígena

    Arte Eletrônica Indígena


    The Arte Electrônica Indígena (AEI) project was designed and executed by the NGO Thydêwá. It consisted of a series of ten short artistic residencies in indigenous communities in the Brazilian Northeast in order to cocreate works of electronic art. These were exhibited to the public at the Museum of Modern Art, Salvador da Bahia, in…

  • Biocomputer Rhythms

    Biocomputer Rhythms

    Eduardo Reck Miranda

    Biocomputer Rhythms is a piece for prepared piano and percussion. It is a musical duet between a piano and a biocomputer: the biocomputer listens to the piano and produces musical responses during the performance. The responses are played on percussion instruments and on the same piano played by the pianist.

  • BLP-2000D


    BCL – Georg Tremmel and Shiho Fukuhara

    An unofficial ‘Black List’ of potentially harmful and forbidden DNA Sequences has been created and is shared amongst the companies—officially for bio-security reasons. Because of the expensive chemicals involved in the process, it was not really feasible to create a DIY DNA Synthesiser—until now.

  • SimCath


    Fernando Bello, ICCESS & Salomé Bazin, Cellule studio

    How do surgeons prepare for an operation, when they know that the smallest mistake could be the line between life and death? That was the question Cellule faced when developing SimCath, a cardiology suite for simulation training.

  • SLAP – See Like A Pony

    SLAP – See Like A Pony

    Sabine Engelhardt

    With SLAP I want to make robotics not only understandable but truly approachable. Clifford Nass drew the comparison of robots with domesticated animals. They are useful, but also dangerous. But, how do we communicate with animals? Can we feel them? How does it work?

  • The Murder of Pavlos Fyssas

    The Murder of Pavlos Fyssas

    Forensic Architecture

    Shortly after midnight on 18 September 2013, Pavlos Fyssas, a young Greek anti-fascist rapper, was murdered in his home neighbourhood of Keratsini, Athens. Both the killer and others who participated in the attack were members of the neo-Nazi organization Golden Dawn.

  • This is grown.

    This is grown.

    Jen Keane

    This is grown. was motivated by a frustration with plastics and a visible disparity between scientific research and design manifestations around natural materials. After all, nature has had 3.8 billion years to perfect the ultimate circular economy: Life. Maybe we can still learn something.

Nominations 2019

  • 30°


    Mathias Foot, Janna Nikoleit, Franziska Rast, Stephan Schakulat

    The more frequent and more comprehensive studies are being conducted, the more accurate predictions can be made about the future. These predictions directly influence political, economic, and social decision-making processes on a global scale.

  • A-MINT


    Alex Braga

    A-MINT is a metaphor of a sustainable future, where man and machines work together in perfect symbiosis to cross a frontier that man alone could not dare.

  • Alterplex


    Hakan Lidbo

    Alterplex is a strategic board game where the board is invisible, except seen through the pieces. The moving properties of the pieces are decided by the animations of the board, constantly changing, following a hidden pattern.

  • Beholder


    United Visual Artists

    Beholder continues UVA’s investigations into time perception and the relativity of our experiences. It centers around the wonder of everyday phenomena as seen through autistic perspectives, inviting us to re-evaluate our perception of beauty.

  • Cave of Sounds

    Cave of Sounds

    Tim Murray-Browne in collaboration with Dom Aversano, Susanna Garcia, Wallace Hobbes, Daniel Lopez, Tadeo Sendon, Panagiotis Tigas, Kacper Ziemianin

    Cave of Sounds is a project connecting music’s prehistoric origins with the technological radicalism of the music hacker scene. It emerged from an open-ended process which I began in 2012 as composer in residence at Music Hackspace, London.

  • Hello, Shadow!

    Hello, Shadow!

    Joon Moon

    Hello, Shadow! is an interactive art installation implementing a kind of augmented reality mixed with a shadow. I have been developing this kind of AR media from my previous work Augmented Shadow(2010).

  • ISM Hexadome

    ISM Hexadome

    Institute for Sound & Music (ISM)

    The ISM Hexadome is a platform for installation and live performance, featuring a 52-channel immersive sound system, assembled on a 15.5-meter wide, 7.9-meter high hexagonal structure, holding 6 projection screens. This system enabled artistic collaborations between both sound and visual artists to create immersive audio-visual installations and also perform live.

  • Journey on the Tongue

    Journey on the Tongue

    Ayako Suwa, Evala, Yasuaki Kakehi

    Journey on the Tongue is a totally new taste and sound installation which invites you on a spectacular multi-sensory journey. Realized by the three artists Ayako Suwa, the pursuer of “Expressive food,” sound artist Evala, the founder of “See by Your Ears,” and media artist Yasuaki Kakehi, who explores new haptic experiences.

  • Meandering River

    Meandering River

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    Meandering River is an audiovisual art installation comprised of real-time visuals and music composed by an A.I. through machine learning. The piece reinterprets the shifting behavior of rivers in the landscape, regarded from a bird’s eye view.

  • Mitigation of Shock

    Mitigation of Shock


    Mitigation of Shock (MOS) is an experiment giving the future consequences of climate change immersive, visceral form. Superflux wanted people to experience what living with climate-related resource scarcity might feel like, and potential adaptations for mitigating the worst of its effects.

  • PatentPandas.org


    Jie Qi, Carol Lin, May Qi, Ira Winder

    PatentPandas.org is a resource built to explain (scary!) patent law using (not-scary!) panda comics. The website has three core parts: Resources, Stories, Get Help.

  • Solar Powered Website

    Solar Powered Website

    Kris De Decker, Marie Otsuka, Roel Roscam Abbing, Lauren Traugott-Campbell

    Low-tech Magazine questions the belief in technological progress, and highlights the potential of past knowledge and technologies for designing a sustainable society.

  • SoundShirt 2.0

    SoundShirt 2.0


    The SoundShirt brings music to life in a way that it can be felt physically, live, in real time, on the body, in a tactile language unique to each piece of music being performed, opening new and diverse ways of enjoying music for the audience.



    Studio Roosegaarde

    SPACE WASTE LAB is the multi-year living lab with the European Space Agency and Studio Roosegaarde to capture space waste and upcycle it into sustainable products.

  • Stone Web – Expanding Space

    Stone Web – Expanding Space

    Idalene Rapp, Natascha Unger

    In Stone Web, Basalt is transformed into a light, stable modular system that can be used for small scale applications such as furnishing or combined to create large, spatial structures or urban furniture.

  • Stop-Motion VR

    Stop-Motion VR

    Denny Koch, Johannes Schubert

    With Stop-Motion VR, the project team uses Stop-Motion Animation to transport one of the oldest and most traditional methods of film production into the interactive world of virtual reality.

  • Voice of Nature

    Voice of Nature

    Thijs Biersteker

    Using the real time data coming from a living tree in order to talk about the urgency of climate change, Voice of Nature aims to provoke a new relationship with nature surrounding us.

  • Wastelands


    Tagny Duff

    Wastelands is a playful, yet serious biological art project exploring speculative fiction scenarios and current bioengineering practices applying methanogenic bacteria, archaea and bacteriophage to regu-late methane production through anaerobic degradation.