Sound-Image Relations in Audiovisual Art

In conjunction with the Prix Ars Electronica, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research will be awarding a prize in 2009 honoring outstanding theoretical work on the subject of “Sound-Image Relations in Audiovisual Art”.

In this way, the “Prix Ars Electronica Media.Art.Research Award seeks to further scholarly investigation of forms of audiovisual art not (yet) established in museum, academic and commercial contexts.

With this year’s theme “Sound-Image Relations in Audiovisual Art” the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute reacts to the growing need for reflective engagement due to the currently booming expansion of audiovisual art forms.

We encourage the submission of texts dealing with issues of conceptual, media and/or perceptual relations between acoustic and visual phenomena, for example:

  • analyses of contemporary art practice
  • contextualizations of historical and current developments
  • approaches to listing criteria and methods for describing and analyzing audiovisual art forms
  • explorations of questions of developing genres and terms
  • positioning in art scholarly, musicological, media-historical and media-theoretical contexts
  • investigations of the relationship between aesthetics and technology
Other topics are most welcome.

The “Prix Ars Electronica Media.Art.Research Award” (prize money: 5000 Euro) is intended to give due recognition to the important work being done by art historians and media scholars in the field of media art, which has emerged over the last two decades as an innovative, wide-ranging discipline in its own right. The great diversity and tremendous current relevance of this branch of artistic production call for theoretical and scholarly reflection on the historical significance of such artworks, on how to mediate audiences’ encounters with them today, and on their future conservation. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research has been pursuing precisely these tasks since it was founded in Linz in 2005. The theory prize competition is meant to promote an international discourse centering on the theories, methodologies and standards of media art. This includes addressing the necessity of defining terms and developing a theoretical framework as well as the pluralism of these art forms that resists any sort of final categorization.



This year you can submit theoretical works dealing with the thematic field of “Sound-Image Relations in Audiovisual Art”:

  • university thesis/dissertation
  • scholarly articles
  • essays
  • books
  • online publications
  • anthologies (by the editor)
Although submissions from artists are naturally not excluded, this prize focuses on a theoretical engagement with the subject matter. For this reason, purely descriptive texts on artists’ own work cannot be taken into consideration.

The basic condition is that the work must exist in a finished manuscript version or already have been published. Submissions will be accepted from individuals or groups of any nationality.

For works consisting of more than 80 pages we request the selection of one chapter for the jury to consider.

The Prix Ars Electronica Media.Art.Research Award serves to recognize principle scholarly research and the development of contemporary theory in reference to current scholarly, social and artistic issues. What is decisive for the award of the prize is the contribution to current research, which also meets the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute’s higher goal of furthering academic careers. Another determining factor is the quality of the content and the scholarly relevance of the contributions. Up-to-date methodological approaches written in a comprehensible form are especially welcome, as are innovative publication formats (e.g. online publishing).


Entrants can submit works of any length in German or English. Each work must be accompanied by an abstract in English (maximum 4,000 characters; a German abstract is optional). Restricting entrants to these two languages is meant to assure satisfactory scholarly evaluation of all entries by the jury charged with this task.
A hardcopy of the work can be sent in, or it can be submitted via e-mail as an attached file in one of the commonly employed text formats. Publications in other forms (such as online publishing) can be made available by specifying the text’s URL.
Entrants are requested to register online at prixars.aec.at and to submit a signed hardcopy of the online registration together with the entry materials by February 20, 2009 to the following address:

Ars Electronica Linz GmbH
Hauptstraße 2
4040 Linz, Austria
Code: Prix
Fax +43.732.7272-674


The jury will convene April 16-19, 2009. The winner will be notified before mid of May 2009 and be presented with the prize at the Prix Ars Electronica Gala in September. The abstract of the text singled out for recognition will be published in a book entitled “Cyberarts 2009 – International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2009.” As a precondition of participation, the winner agrees to present his/her theoretical work to an audience at an event to be arranged by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research.

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