The "Interactive Art" category is dedicated to interactive works in all forms and formats, from installations to performances. At the top of the agenda is artistic quality in the development and design of the interaction as well as a harmonious dialog between the content level and the interaction level—that is, the inherent principles of interaction and the interfaces that implement them. Of particular interest is the sociopolitical relevance of the interaction as manifested by its innate potential to expand the scope of human action. Jurors are looking forward to encountering innovative technological concepts blended with superbly effective design (usability).



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

  • installation
  • performance
  • audience participation
  • network projects
  • telepresence and -communication
  • virtual reality, augmented reality
  • innovative interfaces

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 has 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 interactive 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.
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.

NICA WINNERS 1990 - 2008

Myron Krueger
Paul Sermon
Monika Fleischmann/Wolfgang Strauss
Knowbotic Research
Christa Sommerer/Laurent Mignonneau
Tim Berners-Lee
Masaki Fujihata
Toshio Iwai/Ryuichi Sakamoto
Maurice Benayoun/Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Lynn Hershman/Construct Internet Design
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer/Will Bauer
Carsten Nicolai/Marko Peljhan
David Rokeby
Blast Theory in collaboration with Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham
Mark Hansen/Ben Rubin
Esther Polak, Ieva Auzina und RIXC - Riga Center for New Media Culture
Paul DeMarinis
Ashok Sukumaran
Julius von Bismarck

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