Ars ElectronicaS+T+ARTS PRIZE2023 Winners 2023 Winners 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 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 2023: Grand Prize 2023 Broken Spectre Richard Mosse (IE)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. Pollinator Pathmaker Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (GB)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. Honorary Mentions 2023 Between the Lines Sarah Selby (GB) Between the Lines is an innovative project that aims to weave the personal experiences of individuals subjected to the UK border regime back into the systems that govern them. By combining traditional administrative tools of pen and paper with cutting-edge DNA data storage technology, the project infiltrates the bureaucratic systems of the UK Border Regime. Child of Now Robert Walton (AU), Julianne Pierce (AU), Claire Coleman (AU), University of Melbourne, Arts Centre Melbourne, Phoria Child of Now is a mixed-reality artwork that calls on citizens to co-create, shape, and nurture an indigenized, sustainable, and fairer vision of the next century for an imagined child born in 2023. Experienced as an immersive tactile audio-visual installation, Child of Now invites visitors to enter the Aboriginal concept of the ‘everywhen,’ a place where all time is present, to observe the last 10,000 years of life on the Birrarung river and acknowledge the resilience of First Nations peoples who survived climate emergencies and settler invasion. CLIMAVORE Cooking Sections (INT) CLIMAVORE explores how to eat as humans change climates (UNSDG 13). As spring, summer, autumn, and winter are increasingly fuzzy, it focuses on new seasons of polluted oceans, soil exhaustion, and drought. CLIMAVORE protects and improves soil and water environments, advancing citizen’s right to food through regenerative food systems that cultivate habitats (UNSDG 11). Hashd0x | Proof of War Egor Kraft (RU) Hashd0x | Proof of War came about as a series of technical and tactical proposals at the intersection of human rights and the arts. Aimed to address common tactics of misinformation and propaganda at the core of ongoing warfare, this is an urgent response to the brutal acts of war on Ukrainian soil. Labyrinth Psychotica – The Anoiksis Experiment by Roomforthoughts Jennifer Kanary (NL) After my artistic research PhD on psychosis simulation with art and tech, I worked on finding a pattern in the long-ignored subjective data of lived experiencers’ voices. My investigation into their stories has led to a radical artistic research theory, method + new VR psychosis simulation experience to help change our understanding of psychosis. Simplicity that leads to complexity. MetaPhase Giusy Caruso (BE), LWT3 (IT) MetaPhase is the artistic output of a cross-sector encounter between avant-garde pianist and researcher Dr. Giusy Caruso (BE) and the innovative start-up LWT3 (IT). This joint research was driven to explore the creative potential of data processing, human-machine interaction, and biotechnological applications in a XR performance to enhance performers’ expressiveness and audience fruition. Sensing for Justice – SensJus Anna Berti Suman (IT) The Sensing for Justice – SensJus project was specifically launched to research the potential of grassroots-driven environmental monitoring as a source of evidence in environmental justice litigation, and as a tool to foster conflict mediation in Europe. A special focus was devoted to the poorest regions in the South of Italy, most affected by environmental and social inequalities, for example, the former mining areas of Sardinia, the Sulcis region, and the oil-rich valleys of Basilicata. Server Farm James Bridle (GB) Server Farm is a proposal to build a computer out of, and in collaboration with, plants and other critters Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol “Hol-Hol Tol” is the “heart (tol) of the peatlands (hol-hol)” in the language of the Selk'nam people, one of the first nations of Tierra del Fuego, in Patagonia. “Turba” is Spanish for “peat,” so the title for the Chilean Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol is a rhythmic bi-lingual chant evoking love for peatlands. All over this increasingly hot and arid world, these wetlands are imperiled. VFRAME: Computer Vision for OSINT/OSI Research Adam Harvey (US), Josh Evans (US), Jules LaPlace (US) VFRAME is a computer vision project that develops open source image processing software and neural network models for human rights related research and conflict zone monitoring. Started in 2017 with the goal of bridging the gap between industry between commercially aligned AI and the needs of investigative research, VFRAME is now a pioneer in the development and application of new techniques that combine 3D-photogrammetry, 3D-rendering, and 3D-printing to generate synthetic data for training neural networks. Nominations 2023 ALL PLAYERS TOOL LAB. Masatane Muto(JP), Dentsu Lab Tokyo (JP) There are many people who have not been players due to their disabilities. But the idea for one person can be a powerful force to move the world forward, just like the alleged inventor of the typewriter who built it in order to communicate with a blind friend. Our challenge is to shift the social stereotype that people with disabilities cannot be players, by utilizing a technology and creativity. Critical Climate Machine Gaëtan Robillard (FR) Critical Climate Machine is a project that quantifies and reveals the mechanisms of misinformation on global warming. The project consists of a data sculpture and a sound installation. The sculpture analyzes myths about climate change, using natural language processing. Its software monitors and debunks false arguments originating from Twitter. FANGØ a Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google Obfuscator Martin Nadal (ES) FANGØ is a defense weapon against surveillance capitalism. Disguised as a mobile phone charger, it operates as a microcontroller that takes control of the smartphone in which it is plugged into. Making random searches and liking random posts on popular social platforms, it aims to deceive data brokers and disrupt the data capturing process. Future Materials Future Materials is a multidisciplinary knowledge platform that promotes and disseminates knowledge about sustainable materials. Its core aim is to support the transition towards ecologically-conscious art and design practices. Geo-Llum Samira Benini Allaouat (IT) Geo-Llum aims to reimagine the role of public lighting in green urban areas with a symbiotic relationship between the artificial and the natural world, focusing on a deeper understanding of microorganism community such as fundamental collaborators in the city ecosystem. Hyper-Dust Erlu Ni (CN), Songnan Guo (CN), Shuyi Fan (CN), Ziyao Lin (CN) Zooming into our micro-level surroundings, dust is the most common but a rather invisible component. However, it carries a wealth of information from global ecology through atmospheric activity. Through working with atmospheric scientists and based on eco-philosophical research and scientific modeling, we started an art project named Hyper-Dust and decided to search for the Sahara in Beijing. Im/Possible Images Rosa Menkman (NL) Imagine you could obtain an ‘impossible’ image of any object or phenomenon that you think is important, with no limits on spatial, temporal, energy, signal/noise, or cost resolutions. What image would you create? (the answer can be a hypothetical image of course!) It Could Be You HsienYu Cheng (TW) It Could Be You is a thought-provoking art project that explores privacy and identity in contemporary technology. Using machine learning and pentesting or ethical hacking, the project generates fictional personal data through synthetic data frameworks and, by gathering messages from various online forums and chatrooms, it raises questions about privacy and protection. MBc02 – Uncovering the hidden impact of the internet Thijs Biersteker (NL) Dutch artist Thijs Biersteker has developed a machine that shows the emissions associated with everyday online activities from video chats and emails to trading NFTs as visible puffs of CO2. Not allowed for algorithmic audiences Kyriaki Goni (GR) A big number of audiences online nowadays is mainly algorithms. Algorithms are trained on the auditory information that is produced and uploaded by humans. In Not allowed for algorithmic audiences, a digital assistant situated in an Athenian apartment exhibits an odd behavior. Inside the NYPD's Surveillance Machine Amnesty International (INT), Superposition (NL) Inside the NYPD's Surveillance Machine is an interactive data visualization revealing the shocking reach of facial recognition technology in New York. The experience allows users to plot a walking route through New York City and discover how much of this route might be exposed to surveillance through facial recognition. The Glacier Trilogy Theresa Schubert (DE) The Glacier Trilogy is an immersive artwork investigating glaciers as the starting point of fluvial systems and the future of water in climate crisis. A product of advanced computational technologies (such as generative adversarial networks, atmospheric sensors or realtime ice-fluid simulation for 8K) combined with sculpture materials and human creativity, The Glacier Trilogy stimulates an emotional engagement of its audience. The Living Dead: On the Trail of Female (2022) Laura Cinti (IT) No longer existing in the wild, ‘Encephalartos woodii’ is one of the rarest and most endangered plants on Earth. One male specimen was found in 1895 in the Ngoye Forest, South Africa. It was removed from the wild and its offsets have been propagated in botanical gardens worldwide. However, these specimens are all clones of the original male. Numerous expeditions have sought to find another specimen, specifically a female, to bring ‘Encephalartos woodii’ back from the brink of extinction, but so far without success. The More The Better (Two Truths and a Lie) Mihály Kornai (HU) The More The Better (Two Truths and a Lie) is a multimedia installation exploring the relationship between foreign languages and trustworthiness. The work consists of 100 videos in the 100 most prevalent languages on the internet, looping on used devices and hanging from a single metal structure. The (m)Otherhood of Meep (the bat translator) Alinta (Alinta Krauth) (AU) The (m)Otherhood of Meep (the bat translator) is an AI interpreter for grey-headed flying foxes, drawing from scientific research on flying fox vocalizations to interpret their voices into poetic form in real-time. It aims to evoke an interspecies bridge between species at the center of human/wildlife conflicts. TRACEWASTE Susi Gutsche (AT) The project TRACEWASTE observes and visualizes garbage movements from a citizen's perspective to explore future urban life in the context of waste management. It tracks discarded objects using geolocation methods, providing insights into waste whereabouts, transport durations, distances, and emissions. IoT devices (0G) in a low power wide area network track various types of waste across Italy, with a special focus on textiles and plastics. Transient – Impermanent Paintings Quayola (IT), Andrea Santicchia (IT) Transient is an audiovisual concert for two motorized pianos and video projections by Quayola and Andrea Santicchia aka SETA. A real-time improvisation in which the artists collaborate with complex algorithms in order to generate compositions of a delicate anthropic and technological balance. The custom software simultaneously generates sound and images, creating perfectly synchronized synesthetic alliterations. Urban Data Forest Monika Seyfried (PL), Cyrus Clarke (FR), Grow Your Own Cloud (INT) Urban Data Forest reimagines the city as a site of data storage in plants and trees. It explores the possibility of how DNA data storage technology could transform urban spaces, bringing nature and data back to the city.