Prix Ars Electronica

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Logo Prix Ars Electronica

The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the best known and longest running yearly prizes in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music. It has been awarded since 1987 by Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria).

In 2005, the Golden Nica, the highest prize, was awarded in six categories: "Computer Animation/Visual Effects," "Digital Musics," "Interactive Art," "Net Vision," "Digital Communities" and the "u19" award for "freestyle computing." Each Golden Nica came with a prize of 10,000, apart from the u19 category, where the prize was 5,000. In each category, there are also Awards of Distinction and Honorary Mentions.

The Golden Nica Award

The Golden Nica is replica of the Greek Nike of Samothrace. It is a handmade wooden statuette, plated with gold, so each trophy is unique: approximately 35 cm high, with a wingspan of about 20 cm, all on a pedestal. "Prix Ars Electronica" is a phrase composed of French, Latin and Spanish words, loosely translated as "Electronic Arts Prize."

Golden Nica winners[edit]

Computer animation / film / vfx[edit]

The "Computer Graphics" category (1987–1994) was open to different kinds of computer images. The "Computer Animation" (1987–1997) was replaced by the current "Computer Animation/Visual Effects" category in 1998.

Computer Graphics[edit]

Computer Animation[edit]

Computer Animation/Visual Effects[edit]

Chris Lavis with the Golden Nica for "Madame Tutli-Putli" (2008)

Digital Music[edit]

This category is for those making electronic music and sound art through digital means. From 1987 to 1998 the category was known as "Computer music." Two Golden Nicas were awarded in 1987, and none in 1990. There was no Computer Music category in 1991.

Hybrid art[edit]

[the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant[edit]

  • 2009 – "Open_Sailing" by Open_Sailing Crew[4][5] led by Cesar Harada.
  • 2010 – "Hostage" by [Frederik De Wilde].[6]
  • 2011 – Choke Point Project by P2P Foundation (NL).[7]
  • 2012 – – tools for the next revolution by Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud[8]
  • 2013 – Hyperform by Marcelo Coelho (BR), Skylar Tibbits (US), Natan Linder (IL), Yoav Reaches (IL)
    • Honorary Mentions: GravityLight by Martin Riddiford (GB), Jim Reeves (GB)[9]

Interactive Art[edit]

Joe Davis at the Prix Ars Electronica 2012

Prizes in the category of interactive art have been awarded since 1990. This category applies to many categories of works, including installations and performances, characterized by audience participation, virtual reality, multimedia and telecommunication.

Internet-related categories[edit]

In the categories "World Wide Web" (1995–96) and ".net" (1997–2000), interesting web-based projects were awarded, based on criteria like web-specificity, community-orientation, identity and interactivity. In 2001, the category became broader under the new name "Net Vision / Net Excellence", with rewards for innovation in the online medium.

World Wide Web[edit]

  • 1995 – "Idea Futures" by Robin Hanson
  • 1996 – "Digital Hijack" by etoy
    • Second prizes: HyGrid by SITO and Journey as an exile


Net Vision / Net Excellence[edit]

Digital Communities[edit]

Danny Wool, representing Wikipedia, receives a 2004 Golden Nica.

A category begun in 2004 with support from SAP (and a separate ceremony in New York City two months before the main Ars Electronica ceremony) to celebrate the 25th birthday of Ars Electronica. Two Golden Nicas were awarded.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PRIX ARS".
  2. ^ "Nuage Vert". Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  3. ^ "PRIX ARS".
  4. ^ "International Ocean Station". Scoutbots.
  5. ^ "Prix 2009". Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Prix 2010". Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Prix 2011". Retrieved 13 July 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Ars Electronica archive". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  9. ^ "WINNERS 2017". Archived from the original on July 1, 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-08-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "EyeWriter". Archived from the original on 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
  12. ^ "Newstweek – fixing the facts". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
  13. ^ Toots, Timo. "Timo Toots – Memopol-2". Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
  14. ^ "PrayStation".
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-06-05. Retrieved 2004-05-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Persones amb mobilitat reduida transmeten des de telèfons mòbils".
  18. ^
  19. ^ Archived 2008-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "".
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-10-01. Retrieved 2004-10-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "WikiLeaks".
  23. ^ "".
  24. ^ "".
  25. ^ Indigo, Andrea Mayr, Electric. "female:pressure".
  26. ^ "Mute – we gladly feast on those who would subdue us – Mute".
  27. ^ "UbuWeb".
  28. ^ "Canchas. Spontaneous soccer fields".
  29. ^ "feral trade courier".
  30. ^ English, FLOSS Manuals. "Floss Manuals – Free Manuals for Free Software".
  31. ^ Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ "Changemakers".
  33. ^ "Vocesbolivianas – Your FL Lawyer Blog". Archived from the original on 2019-09-16. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  34. ^ "Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente". Archived from the original on 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  35. ^ "UCL Transcribe Bentham".
  36. ^ "Transcribe Bentham: Transcription Desk".
  37. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2011-07-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  38. ^ "PRIX ARS".

External links[edit]