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Prix Ars Electronica: Entry Deadline Extended
Contestants worldwide still have until March 18th to submit their entries to the world’s premiere cyberarts competition. This extended deadline also applies to the u19 – freestyle computing category for young people as well as [the next idea] art and technology grant.

The Ars Electronica Center and the ORF Upper Austria are pleased to invite artists, scientists, researchers and developers throughout the world to take part in the Prix Ars Electronica, the international competition for cyberarts being held for the 19th time this year. One of the categories is specially dedicated to up-and-coming computer artists: Austrian kids and young people can put their creativity and talent on display in “u19 - freestyle computing.”

Those interested in entering have until March 18, 2005 to submit their projects. Contestants will be vying for one of the coveted Golden Nica statuettes as well as prize money totaling 110,000 euros.

Juries composed of internationally renowned experts will convene April 21-24 in Linz to judge the entries and select the prizewinning works. Jury co-chairpersons are Dr. Hannes Leopoldseder and Dr. Christine Schöpf.

The Competition Categories
The competition is held in an appropriately wide range of categories, each of which is designed to keep the Prix Ars Electronica on the leading edge of developments in the various domains of the cyberarts. The lineup for 2005 includes:

* Digital Musics
* Interactive Art
* Computer Animation / Visual Effects
* Net Vision
* Digital Communities

Total prize money: 110,000 euros
* 6 Golden Nicas
* 12 Awards of Distinction
* Up to 12 Honorary Mentions in each category

* u19 - freestyle computing
For young people in Austria age 19 and under (www.u19.at)
The “u19 - freestyle computing” category presents itself once again in 2005 as a fascinating proving ground for the digital artistic skills of the cybergeneration. Kids and young people age 19 and under are invited to submit their creative works for prize consideration. Awaiting the winners are a Golden Nica and two Awards of Distinction. In this category, jurors take the particular contestant’s age into consideration in judging his/her work. In order to achieve greater parity among the various age groups, additional merchandise prizes are also awarded to kids 10-and-under and to the 11-to-14-year-olds. Winners will receive prizes with a total value of 10,000 euros.

[the next idea] Art and Technology Grant
Discovering the ideas of tomorrow in the minds of today’s youth. The target group of this category includes students at universities, art schools, polytechnic colleges and other educational institutions, as well as all young people interested in media culture. Anyone who has come up with a not-yet-realized concept in the fields of media art, media design or media technology is welcome to enter. The winner receives a 7,500-euro grant as well as an invitation to spend a semester as scientific assistant and artist-in-residence at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. [the next idea] is made possible through the support of voestalpine.

Awards Ceremony and Exhibition during the Ars Electronica Festival
Prizes will be awarded during the Ars Electronica Festival (September 1-6, 2005 in Linz). In conjunction with the Festival, prize-winning works will be displayed as part of the CyberArts 2005 exhibition at the O.K Center for Contemporary Art in Linz, and the prize-winning artists will have the opportunity to speak about their work at the two-day Prix Artist Forum.

Prize Donors and Sponsors
The Prix Ars Electronica’s lead sponsors and prize donors are Telekom Austria, voestalpine AG, the City of Linz and the Province of Upper Austria. Patrons are KulturKontakt Austria, Casinos Austria, Pöstlingberschlöss’l, Sony DADC and Spring.

Prix Ars Electronica Online
Anyone interested in entering will find all they need on the Internet: complete information, details about the current competition, and the possibility of online registration. An entry folder is also available by mail.

* Prix Ars Electronica 2005: prixars.aec.at (Queries: info@prixars.aec.at)
* u19 freestyle computing: www.u19.at (Queries: u19@prixars.aec.at)

Prix Ars Electronica

The 2005 Prix Ars Electronica is the 19th running of the cyberarts competition that is conceived as an open platform for a wide array of disciplines in the field of digital media at the interface of art, technology and society. With 28,213 works submitted from 87 countries since its inception in 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica is the most important and successful international showcase of excellence in the cyberarts.

For inquiries, please contact:
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