The “Hybrid Art” category is dedicated specifically to today’s hybrid and transdisciplinary projects and approaches to media art. Primary emphasis is on the process of fusing different media and genres into new forms of artistic expression as well as the act of transcending the boundaries between art and research, art and social/political activism, art and pop culture. Jurors will be looking very closely at how dynamically the submitted work defies classification in a single one of the Prix categories of long standing.



This category is open to all types of current works in any form:

  • Autonomic Installations and Artworks
  • Autonomous Sculptures
  • Performance and Stageprojects
  • Media architectures
  • Media based Interventions in public spaces
  • Mechatronics / Kinetics / Robotics
  • Location based and geospatial storytelling
  • Multi user environments
  • Annotation software tools
  • Artificial Life
  • Transgenic Art
  • Software Art, Generative Art


It is a prerequisite that the projects have already been realized to the extent that they may be judged on the basis of a documentation.
The work entered must have been created, realized or significantly updated within the last two years. Participants may be individuals, groups, institutions, companies etc. Exclusively commercially oriented activities in the sense of product advertisement are excluded.

Each work should to be entered in the form of a video documentation (approx.
3 min.) Mini-DV or DVD (PAL/NTSC). This documentation should explain the essentials of how the work functions (space requirements, form of interaction, role of the participants, etc.).
If you are entering a CD-ROM or DVD, please include an additional video with a virtual tour through the work. Additional material (sketches, photos, etc.) may be included with all entered works. Please note, however, that the jury's decision will be primarily based on the video documentation.
Since a presentation of an outstanding hybrid work naturally also depends on the technical requirements for on-site realization, please include information that is as specific as possible about technical (HW/SW) and spatial requirements, as well as what you could contribute to a presentation of your work and what would need to be provided by the Ars Electronica Center.
We ask you to use the online registration at prixars.aec.at to register and send the signed print-out of the online registration form along with your entry material by March 6, 2009 to:

Ars Electronica Linz GmbH
Hauptstraße 2
4040 Linz, Austria
Code: Prix
or per fax to +43.732.7272-674


All entries will be judged by a jury of experts in the order of their arrival. In addition to the works entered by participants, each jury may also nominate other works.

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SymbioticA: The Art and Science Collaborative Research Laboratory, University of Western Australia, Perth (represented by its co-founder and Artistic Director Oron Catts)
Helen Evans, Heiko Hansen / HEHE

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