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First winners: 2016 STARTS Prize

Artificial Skins and Bones, winner of the 2016 STARTS prize
STARTS prize winner Iris van Herpen explores the interplay of magnetic forces / Credit: Morgan O’Donovan

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“Artificial Skins and Bones,” a joint effort of Berlin Weißensee Academy of Art, Ottobock and Fab Lab Berlin (DE) and “Magnetic Motion” by Iris van Herpen (NL) are the winners of the 2016 STARTS Prizes awarded by the European Commission. An international jury selected these two projects from among 1,861 entries submitted from 54 countries.

Ars Electronica Linz was selected to conduct the competition to determine the first two recipients of an award launched this year by the European Commission that is as prestigious as it is highly endowed. The STARTS Prize, each accompanied by a €20,000 stipend, honors innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and the arts in two categories: one for artistic research, and thus projects with the potential to influence or change the way technology is deployed, developed or perceived, and one for innovative cooperative ventures teaming up industry/technology and art/culture in ways that open up new paths for innovation.

Info, photos and videos about the prizewinning projects are available here.


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