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Ars Electronica is always on the lookout for new projects: here is a list of upcoming open calls. Watch out for the deadline!

  • Once a year, the JKU campus is transformed into a world stage to host THE festival for art, technology and society. JKU students are encouraged to submit their project and take part in the next Ars Electronica Festival. Following its successful debut in 2020, the Special LIT Call for the 2022 Ars Electronica Festival is about to go into its third year. This special Call not only facilitates a unique combination of art and science to be presented to an international audience, it helps make scientific topics more perceptible in a creative way while also sparking conversation and debate.

Submission deadline: January 30, 2022. You can find details on the requirements for submissions here: 

  • DOORS stands for “Digital Incubator for Museums.” This joint initiative of Ars Electronica, MUSEUM BOOSTER and Ecsite supports small and medium-size museums in matters related to the digital transformation. DOORS opens up access to knowledge, resources and specialist expertise. Its incubation and competence-building program is helping to narrow the digitalization gap in Europe.

Until February 13, 2022, museums, science centers, botanical gardens, archives and libraries can submit digital pilot projects for launching their long-term digital transformation. You can find details on the requirements for submissions here:

  • Together with Ars Electronica the Art Collection Deutsche Telekom enables artistic research through science collaboration within the framework of the ArtScience residency. The goal is to exhibit an artwork dedicated to the challenging questions around digitalization and AI at the Ars Electronica Festival in September 2022.

The Art Collection Deutsche Telekom aims to address the social and political changes after the fall of the Iron Curtain and to promote a broader understanding of Europe’s cultural diversity through the visual arts. The focus is concentrated on contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. In line with this mission the ArtScience residency is dedicated to artists from this region or who stand in close relation with it, who work at the intersection of art, technology and science and who are particularly interested in researching the social impact of technological developments.

Projects can be submitted until February, 20, 2022. You can find details on the requirements for submissions here: 

  • The STARTS Prize 2022 of the European Commission is calling on artists, scientists, technologists, institutions, labs and companies to submit their best projects. This year, as every year, we are looking for groundbreaking works at the intersection of science, technology and art that can contribute to scientific and societal innovation. 

Two prizes will be awarded, each endowed with €20,000 euros: the “Grand Prize –Innovative Collaboration” goes to innovative projects that combine industry or technology and the arts, with the goal of opening new paths for innovation. The “Grand Prize – Artistic Exploration” honors artistic research and works that have the potential to influence or change the way technology is used, applied or perceived. In addition to the prize money, winners receive the coveted STARTS Prize Trophies and will appear at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz in September, Bozar in Brussels, Waag in Amsterdam, the Frankfurter Buchmesse, and various other events at partner institutions. 

  • Works can be submitted until March 2, 2022; there is no fee to participate in the competition. The STARTS Prize of the European Commission is promoted and managed by Ars Electronica, Bozar, Waag, INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, French Tech Grande Provence and the Frankfurter Buchmesse. The competition is part of the STARTS Initiative of the European Commission. You can find details on the requirements for submissions here: 
  • Projects can be submitted also for the Prix Ars Electronica until March 2, 2022 (inclusive). The world’s longest-running media art competition is looking for outstanding works and projects in the categories “Computer Animation,” “Digital Communities,” “Interactive Art +” and “u19 – create your world.” Winners will receive the prestigious Golden Nica awards and several thousand euros in prize money, as well as a prominent place at the Ars Electronica Festival. You can find details on the requirements for submissions here:
  • In addition to the Prix Ars Electronica, Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity, which is made possible by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. That award honors an artistic project that engages in an outstanding way with social, cultural, and humanitarian questions in our digital society and actively contributes to establishing a new digital humanism.
  • Last but not least, schools all over Austria can enter to win the educational prize Klasse! Lernen. Wir sind digital. The prize is offered by Ars Electronica in cooperation with the Austrian Agency for Education and Internationalization (OeAD) and the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research. This competition focuses on best-practice projects that show how traditional teaching can be made more creative using digital tools.