Prix Ars Electronica 2010

3,083 projects from 70 countries were submitted for prize consideration
to the 2010 Prix Ars Electronica. The u19 – freestyle computing category tallied the most
entries (657), followed by Digital Musics (615), Interactive Art (562) and Computer Animation
(494). The 34 jurors took three and a half days to evaluate all submissions and to select this
year’s prizewinners. The official awards ceremony will be part of the Ars Electronica Gala set
for September 3, 2010 at an exciting new venue: a former production facility on the grounds
of Linz’s Tobacco Factory.

Seven Competition Categories
The Prix Ars Electronica, initiated in 1987, has earned a reputation as the definitive barometer
of trends in the international media art scene. Juries composed of leading experts in their
respective fields convene annually to select the most outstanding contemporary works and
to honor their creators with Golden Nicas, the “Oscars of media art.” Seven competition
categories reflect the diversity of today’s media art: HYBRID ART, COMPUTER ANIMATION /
Austrian young people.

Partners and Sponsors
The Prix Ars Electronica is produced by Ars Electronica Linz and the ORF – Austrian
Broadcasting Company’s Upper Austria Regional Studio in cooperation with Brucknerhaus
Linz and the OK Center for Contemporary Art. The Prix Ars Electronica is supported by the
City of Linz and the Province of Upper Austria. Lead sponsors are voestalpine—benefactor of
the grant to nurture visionary ideas—and Liwest Kabelmedien GmbH. Additional sponsors are
BFI, KulturKontakt Austria, Pöstlingberg Schlössl, Casinos Austria, Sony DADC and LINZ AG.

Golden Nicas 2010
Computer Animation / Film / VFX
Nuit Blanche / Arev Manoukian (CA)
“Nuit Blanche” is an impressive short film that tells of the encounter of two complete
strangers and “love at first sight.” A man in a raincoat and hat is standing on a rain-soaked
sidewalk and looking into the window of a café across the street. His glance fixes upon a
young woman seated at a round table. When she peers out onto the street, their eyes meet—
and for a moment it seems that the entire universe consists only of these two people. The
boundary between fantasy and reality dissolves as they, as if by some magical attraction, are
drawn to one another and, in the process of coming together, overcome all impediments in
their way. The visual effects were created entirely on a conventional PC. The whole film can
be viewed at the Spy Films website as well as on vimeo.
Spy Films:
Nuit Blanche on vimeo:

Digital Musics & Sound Art
rheo: 5 horizons / Ryoichi Kurokawa (JP)
“rheo: 5 horizons” by Ryoichi Kurokawa (JP) is an audiovisual installation that takes sounds
and images and forms them into “space-time sculptures.” Five vertical-format screens and a
five-channel Surround Sound system make up an ensemble that enables individual screen-
sound combinations to emerge; nevertheless, it’s their interplay that consummates a unified
whole. Shots of real landscapes provide a stark contrast to worlds of digital imagery;
minimalist soundscapes complement the visual impressions. Initially produced independently
of each other, the audio and video components merge and blend fluidly into a holistic entity
in which sounds can be seen and images heard. And thus the process to which the work’s
title ultimately refers: rheos, the flow.

Hybrid Art
Ear on Arm / Stelarc (AU)
Stelarc has been experimenting with art and biomedical research for over 30 years. The
philosophy behind his work: Prostheses not as means of compensating for physical
deficiencies but rather as ways to enhance our physical capabilities. Instead of replacing a
missing or defective body part, Stelarc improves or expands the form and functions of his
body with the help of custom-developed interfaces and apparatuses. “Ear on Arm,” an ear
implanted onto his forearm, consists of soft tissue and flexible cartilage, and is thus a
prosthesis that could possibly be produced right on the body itself. It’s based on a concept
that originated in the 1990s. The artist has been continually conducting research and
upgrading the ear’s functional efficiency, using his own body as a field of experimentation, as
a human-machine interface.

Interactive Art
The EyeWriter / Zach Lieberman (US), James Powderly (US), Tony Quan (US), Evan Roth (US),
Chris Sugrue (US) and Theo Watson (UK)

Inspired by the life of Tony Quan, a graffiti artist who was diagnosed with the degenerative
nerve disorder ALS in 2003, Zach Lieberman, James Powderly, Evan Roth, Chris Sugure and
Theo Watson developed “EyeWriter.” A reasonably-priced eye tracking system and the
software that runs it make it possible to draw on a computer screen just by moving ones
eyes. This gives people who have contracted a neuromuscular disease—some of whom are
completely paralyzed—a way to express their creativity in spite of their condition. A “making
of” feature about EyeWriter is online at vimeo.
The EyeWriter:

Digital Communities
Chaos Computer Club
A gambit launched in 1981, the Chaos Computer Club has been calling attention to the social
impact of new technologies for almost 30 years now. This decentralized organization consists
of numerous local associations and groups; its radius of action encompasses technical
research, campaigns, events & publications, and the operation of anonymization services and
communications media. The Chaos Computer Club made its debut in the public eye on
November 19, 1984 when one of its members logged into the system of a Hamburg, Germany
savings bank and repeatedly dialed into the Chaos Computer Club’s pay-per-access site.
During the course of that eventful night, nearly 135,000 D-Marks in charges payable to the
club were run up on the bank’s account. The annual Chaos Communication Congress was
founded that same year; today, it’s the world’s largest gathering devoted to alternative
technical research. The Chaos Computer Club has several thousand members worldwide, and
exerts considerable influence on many international groups and events.
Chaos Computer Club:

[the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant
Hostage / Frederik De Wilde (BE)
The blackest black of all time—“Hostage” by Frederik De Wilde (BE) is the world’s blackest
painting. Its surface consists of carbon nanotubes that almost completely absorb light and
transform it into heat. Thus, its optical characteristics let this material set the benchmark
standard, something akin to what the atomic clock did to precision timekeeping.
Frederik de Wilde:

u19 – freestyle computing
Automated Table Soccer Game
Stefan Polic (AT), Michael Moitzi (AT)

Stefan Polic and Michael Moitzi were fed up with wanting to play foosball but being unable to
round up the requisite four players. So what did they do? The duo proceeded to automate an
entire table soccer team and thereby eliminate the need for two human players. Several
computers control the goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders and strikers. Cameras track the ball
on the game pitch and communicate its position in the form of coordinates to the processor.
As soon as the ball is within reach of one of the rod-mounted plastic players, the KICK
command is issued. The programmable logic controller (PLC) communicates in turn with
eight servo-amplifiers that impart the desired motion to the particular motor. The whole
process of image processing and position calculation with respect to the rods on which the
players are mounted is performed by a LabView program. To process the images, a separate
PC is assigned to each camera, and the resulting data is forwarded to the central PC via a
UDP link. Plus, the system registers the movements of the (human-controlled) opposing
team too. Up to now, magnetic tape length measurement systems have been used to do
this. Plus, a conventional laser mouse was adapted as well to determine the position of the
opposing players. The advantage of the laser mouse is that it can be used to register the
players’ movements both back and forth as well as in taking a shot on goal.

Awards of Distinction 2010
Computer Animation / Film / VFX
The Man in the Blue Gordini [L’Homme à la Gordini] Jean Christophe Lie (FR) / Prima Linea Productions
A fictional suburb in the late 1970s. All inhabitants are identically attired: everyone wears an
orange outer garment. And nothing else. Neither underwear nor pants. Until this state of
affairs becomes too much for Mister R and his wife, and the couple revolts. With the help of
a masked rebel in a blue R8 Gordini sports car, they launch a radical clothing revolution—a
unprecedented assault upon monochrome orange totalitarianism.
Prima Linea Productions:
The Sandpit / Sam O’Hare (UK/US) / OOVFX
Sam O’Hare’s “The Sandpit” is an animated film in miniature look. 35,000 individual images
show New York City on a summer day. All photos of apartments, rooftops and balconies were
shot with a digital SLR camera, computer-processed, and assembled into an animated
sequence. The result is an extraordinary short film whose aesthetics are reminiscent of the
look of a model train setup.

u19 – freestyle computing
Chindogu / Johannes Masanz (AT)
“Chindogu” is a three-minute video clip about how to bake a cake with the help of a bicycle. A
two-wheeler is the source of power for kitchen utensils, whereby cogs and belts are used to
hook up a stirring spoon, a grate and a whisk device to the bike.
eEx Network Applications / Emanuel Jöbstl (AT)
Emanuel Jöbstl’s eEx NetLab software makes it simple to set up complex network functions
and simulations via point & click. The user interface facilitates connecting or configuring
various components such as a router, network cards or a velocimeter. Complex functions
become easy to manage and understand since it’s possible to visualize and graphically depict
all of the network traffic flowing through the program.

Digital Communities
Map Kibera
Kibera is a slum neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite the fact that about a million people
live here, Kibera was uncharted territory until recently, since there’s no trace of it on Google
Maps or OpenStreetMap. To remedy this situation, Map Kibera trained 13 local youngsters to
use OpenStreetMap software and GPS devices to collect the data necessary to generate a
map of Kibera. The result is a detailed cartographic resource suitable for a wide array of
further applications. Thus, Map Kibera has given rise to spin-off projects such as partnerships
with various local media groups, which, in turn, have led to considerably more comprehensive
and informative reporting about and online presence of the community.

the ubiquitous #unibrennt cloud
“the ubiquitous #unibrennt cloud” formed in conjunction with the protest movement that
swept Austrian universities last year. Students organized the setup of autonomous
infrastructure, networks and channels of communication to organize, coordinate and focus
attention on their demands and actions. Texts, images and films were produced and
propagated via Flickr, youtube, and other sites.

Digital Musics
Cycloïd-E / Michel Décosterd, André Décosterd (CH) / Cod.Act
“Cycloïd-E” is a fascinating sound sculpture consisting of a horizontal pendulum with several
movable metal tubes. Each individual tube segment is equipped with sound sources and
measuring instruments. As soon as an electric motor makes the pendulum start to rotate,
“Cycloïd-E” morphs into an extraordinary kinetic-polyphonic sculpture.
Champs de fouilles (Excavations) / Martin Bédard (CA)
Commissioned to mark Quebec’s 400 anniversary, “Champs de fouilles (Excavations)” is
dedicated to the city’s unique tonal heritage. This is an acoustic tribute to the history and
essence of Quebec.

Hybrid Art
Ocular Revision / Paul Vanouse (US)
“Ocular Revision” is an artwork for the analysis and display of a DNA image. It uses special
circular gel electrophoresis equipment to visualize DNA band patterns. The visual results
aren’t bar diagrams; rather, they’re more of a circular process of visualization, a signal, an
attraction or repulsion.

Men in Grey / Julian Oliver (NZ/DE), Danja Vasiliev (RU/DE)
Open wireless networks set the stage for public performances by the Men in Grey. Attired in
grey suits, they carry around attaché cases full of hardware and software in their incessant
search for open wireless networks. Once they’ve established connectivity, the contents are
displayed on the screens in their attaché cases—an unexpected and often perplexing
development for the users affected.

Interactive Art
Chorus / United Visual Artists (UK)
“Chorus” is a sound & light performance that is intensely physical and fleeting at the same
time. Pendulums hanging from the installation space’s ceiling glow and emit noises as they
swing back and forth, producing arcs of white light and strange sounds.

Talking Doors / Julijonas Urbonas (LT)
In 2009, five doors to well-known public buildings in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius were
transformed into interactive installations. Equipped with electronic devices, the doors
became a portal to Lithuania’s Democracy Index, a musical instrument, a kinetic sculpture
and even the source of an earthquake. “Talking Doors” ultimately proved to be not only the
materialization of symbolic concepts but also a peculiar experiment that evoked a whole
series of curious events.

Honorary Mentions 2010
Computer Animation / Film / VFX
Pixels / Patrick Jean (FR) / Onemoreprod
Precise Peter / Martin Schmidt (DE)

Avatar /Weta Digital (NZ)
Der Kleine und das Biest (The Little Boy and The Beast) / Johannes Weiland, Uwe
Heidschötter (DE) / Studio Soi

Logorama / H5 (François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain) (FR) / Autour de Minuit

Alma / Rodrigo Blaas (ES)

Love & Theft / Andreas Hykade (DE) / Studio Film Bilder

LOOM / Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay (DE) / POLYNOID

Ormie / Rob Silvestri (US)
Nokta . / Onur Senturk (TR)

Plane Stupid, Polar Bears / Jake Mengers (US) / MPC

UP / Pete Docter (US)

Digital Musics
FLAECHEN [Aus der Reihe RAUMGEFLECHTE] / Julius Stahl (DE)
Harvest / Olle Cornéer, Martin Lübcke (SE)

The Prayer Drums / Louis-Philippe Demers (CA/SG), Armin Purkrabek (AT/DE), Phillip Schulze

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz for iPhone / Jörg Piringer

TONSPUR für einen öffentlichen raum / Georg Weckwerth (DE), Peter Szely (AT)

216 prepared dc-motors / filler wire 1.0mm, 2009 / Zimoun (CH)

Desibel / Maja S. K. Ratkje, Geir Hjetland, Bjørn Kolbrek, Torkil Sandsund, Wenche Wefring

Glücklich auf dem Weg nach unten/Happy Going South / Hanna Hartman (SE)
Heartchamberorchestra / Erich Berger (AT/FI), Peter Votava (AT/DE) / Terminalbeach

Adapting for Distortion / Hiroaki Umeda (JP)

INJECT / Herman Kolgen (CA)

BUG / Mark Bain (USA/NL)

Hybrid Art
Virtual Mirror – Rain / Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (SL/NL)

Bare Conductive / Matt Johnson, Isabel Lizardi, Bibi Nelson, Becky Pilditch (UK) / Bare
Conductive Ltd.

Measuring Angst / Jonathan Schipper (US)

Dirk, the homeless robot / Fred Abels, Mirjam Langemeijer (NL) / Electric Circus

Maelström / Roman Kirschner (AT/DE/BE)

Super Kingdom : Monarchy / Jo Joelson, Bruce Gilchrist (UK), Dugal McKinnon (NZ) / London

The Toaster Project / Thomas Thwaites (UK)

Merrick / Daan van den Berg (NL) / Studio Daan

FEAR 09/19 / Sissel Tolaas (NO)
for those who see / Daniel Schulze (DE) / bitsbeauty / UdK Berlin

capacity for (urban eden, human error) / Allison Kudla (US)

Interactive Art
Interactivos? / Medialab-Prado (ES)

Framework f5x5x5 / LAb[au]

Buscando al Sr. Goodbar / Michelle Teran (CA)

i3DG / Jitsuro Mase , Tom Nagae (JP) / DIRECTIONS, Inc.
You&Me-isms / part I / Boris Petrovsky (DE)

TaxiLink / Lila Chitayat, Alon Chitayat, Tal Chalosin (IL)

HOME / Hee-Seon Kim (KR)

Living Light / The Living (David Benjamin (US), Soo-In Yang (KR))

Mobile Crash / Lucas Bambozzi (BR) with the kind help from Paloma Oliveira, Rocardo
Palmieri, Roger Sodré and Lucas Gervilla

Tischgeflüster — Whispering Table / TheGreenEyl 2009 (Willy Sengewald, Dominik
Schumacher, Gunnar Green (DE), Frédéric Eyl (FR))

Flower / Jenova Chen (US) / thatgamecompany, LLC

Hand from Above / Chris O’Shea (UK)

nchez (ES)

Digital Communities

Fix My Street

MakerBot Operators – Sharing Digital Designs on to Create Real Things.

BOSCO-Uganda (Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach)


web2.0 suicidemachine



The Tor Project


CBA – cultural broadcasting archive

Puncar Action!

[the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant
Studiolab / Adam Zaretsky (NL)

Intelligent Solar Powered 3G-WiFi Broadband Access / Bruce Baikie

Sachpreis u10 u19 – freestyle computing
Der weiße Hai / Matthias Riedler
Vom Himmel gefallen / Michael Schmidl

Anerkennungen u19 – freestyle – computing
Brain Computer Interface / Alexander Berth Armin Schnürer, HTL Leonding, g.tec – guger
Over the top: Episode 1 / Tarek Khalifa
is this Healthy? – vom Barcode zu gesundheitsrelevanten Daten am Handy / Johannes Schrefl
Terraforming / Nikolaus Sulzenauer
ASYL / Thomas Gatt, Manuel Tilgner, BG/BRG Sillgasse
Move It / Julia Molnar, Bianca Biedrawa, Yuliya Potapova, Landstraßer Gymnasium
more than just a box & trashed / Florian Grünberger
MediaDropBox / Romana Dorfer
HomeMadiLex . workshop-sounds / Matthias Bergsmann, HBLA für künstlerische
3d-dancing-diving-devils / Tolga Cosar, Elena Kihr, Philip Mader, Matthias Zeni, Johannes
Dr. Aloys Weissenbach HS

Facts & Figures Prix Ars Electronica 2010
Submitted Works
Computer Animation / Film / VFX 494
Digital Communities 332
Digital Musics 615
Interactive Art 562
Hybrid Art 346
u19 – freestyle computing 657
[the next idea] voestalpine Art and 77
Technology Grant
Projekte Gesamt 3083
TeilnehmerInnen Gesamt 4192 (davon 1214 u19-TeilnehmerInnen) aus
70 Ländern
70 Countries
Argentinien / Argentina (AR), Österreich / Austria (AT), Australien / Australia (AU),
Bosnien-Herzegowina / Bosnia – Herzegovina (BA), Bangladesch / Bangladesh (BD),
Belgien / Belgium (BE), Bulgarien / Bulgaria (BG), Bahrain / Bahrain (BH), Bolivien /
Bolivia (BO), Brasilien / Brazil (BR), Weissrussland / Belarus (BY), Kanada / Canada (CA),
Schweiz / Switzerland (CH), Chile / Chile (CL), Kamerun / Cameroon (CM), China / China
(CN), Kolumbien / Colombia (CO), Tschechische Republik / Czech Republic (CZ),
Deutschland / Germany (DE), Dänemark / Denmark (DK), Dominikanische Republik /
Dominican Republic (DO), Estland / Estonia (EE), Ägypten / Egypt (EG), Spanien / Spain
(ES), Finnland / Finland (FI), Frankreich / France (FR), Griechenland / Greece (GR),
Guatemala / Guatemala (GT), Honduras / Honduras (HN), Kroatien (Hrvatska) / Croatia
(Hrvatska) (HR), Ungarn / Hungary (HU), Irland / Ireland (IE), Israel / Israel (IL), Indien /
India (IN), Iran / Iran (IR), Island / Iceland (IS), Italien / Italy (IT), Japan / Japan (JP), Kenia
/ Kenya (KE), Kirgisistan / Kyrgyzstan (KG), Sri Lanka / Sri Lanka (LK), Litauen /
Lithuania (LT), Luxemburg / Luxembourg (LU), Lettland / Latvia (LV), Mazedonien /
Macedonia (MK), Mexiko / Mexico (MX), Malaysia / Malaysia (MY), Niederlande /
Netherlands (NL), Norwegen / Norway (NO), Neuseeland / New Zealand (NZ), Philippinen
/ Philippines (PH), Pakistan / Pakistan (PK), Polen / Poland (PL), Portugal / Portugal (PT),
Südkorea / South Korea (RK), Rumänien / Romania (RO), Serbien / Serbia (RS), Russland
/ Russia (RU), Schweden / Sweden (SE), Singapur / Singapore (SG), Slowenien / Slovenia
(SI), Türkei / Turkey (TR), Taiwan / Taiwan (TW), Ukraine / Ukraine (UA), Uganda /
Uganda (UG), Großbritannien / United Kingdom (UK), Vereinigte Staaten / United States
(US), Uruguay / Uruguay (UY), Venezuela / Venezuela (VE), Südafrika / South Africa (ZA)

19 – freestyle computing
Oberösterreich 436 35,91
Niederösterreich 229 18,86
Wien 138 11,37
Kärnten 120 9,88
Burgenland 105 8,65
Tirol 69 5,68
Steiermark 61 5,02
Salzburg 55 4,53
Vorarlberg 1 0,08
male 642 52,8
female 572 47,2
total 1214 100
0 bis 10 214 17,63
10 bis 14 399 32,87
14 bis 16 251 20,68
17 108 8,90
18 100 8,24
19 142 11,70
total 1214 100

Jury 2010
Computer Animation Markus Kurtz (AT/US)
Jürgen Hagler (AT)
Carlye Archibeque (US)
Ulrich Weinberg (DE)
Chris Bregler (US)
Interactive Art Jussi Ängeslevä (FI/DE)
Amanda Parkes (US)
Manfred Tscheligi (AT)
José Luis de Vincente (ES)
Giselle Beiguelman (BR)
Digital Musics Pamela Z (US)
Christina Kubisch (DE)
Susanna Niedermayr (AT)
Alain Thibault (CA)
Hybrid Art Jens Hauser (DE/FR)
Koert van Mensvoort (NL)
Bronac Ferran (UK)
Jurij Krpan (SI)
Eduardo Kac (US)
Digital Communities David Sasaki (US)
Isaac Mao (CN)
Aram Bartholl (DE)
Otto Tremetzberger (AT)
Martin Richartz (DE)
u19 – freestyle computing Sirikit Amann (AT)
Angelika Plank (AT)
Robert Glashüttner (AT)
Andreas Strauss (AT)
Robert Praxmarer (AT)
[the next idea] voestalpine Art and Horst Hörtner (AT)
Technology Grant Michael Sterrer-Ebenführer (AT)
Tina Auer (AT)
Stefan M. Seydel (CH)
Gabriele Kotsis (AT)


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