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<P><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Prix Ars Electronica 2004 - International Competition for CyberArts</FONT></B>

<BR><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Welcome to participate - Online Registration starts Monday, January 12<SUP>th</SUP>, 2004</FONT></B>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Prix Ars Electronica 2004 is the 18th editition of the foremost international competition for computer-based art. To mark Ars Electronica's 25th anniversary in 2004, it is being expanded to include a &#8220;Digital Communities&#8221; domain dedicated to social developments of great current relevance.<BR>
Prix Ars Electronica 2004 will be awarded in the following categories: Computer Animation / Visual Effects, Digital Musics, Interactive Art, Net Vision, Digital Communities.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">The total prize money for the Prix Ars Electronica 2004 amounts to Euro 130,000.</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Additionally [THE NEXT IDEA] Art and Technology Grant will be awarded.<BR>

<BR><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">The deadline for the entry is March, 12<SUP>th</SUP>, 2004 (postmarked)<BR>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">If you are interested to participate please send us your work. Detailed information and registration forms are available online:<U> </U></FONT><U><FONT COLOR="#0000FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial"><A HREF="http://prixars.aec.at/";>http://prixars.aec.at/</A></FONT></U></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Should you have any questions as a participant, please feel free to contact: </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Iris Mayr,</FONT><U> <FONT COLOR="#0000FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx &lt;<A HREF="mailto:info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx";>mailto:info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx</A>&gt;</FONT></U>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">We kindly ask you to forward this information to interested parties.<BR>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Iris Mayr<BR>
Prix Ars Electronica 2004<BR>
AEC Ars Electronica Center Linz<BR>
Museumsgesellschaft mbH<BR>
Hauptstrasse 2<BR>
4040 Linz, Austria<BR>
tel: +43-732-7272-74<BR>
fax: +43-732-7272-676<BR>
</FONT><U><FONT COLOR="#0000FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial"><A HREF="http://prixars.aec.at/";>http://prixars.aec.at/</A></FONT></U>

<BR><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Computer Animation / Visual Effects</FONT></B><BR>
<FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">The &#8220;Computer Animation / Visual Effects&#8221; category has been part of the Prix Ars Electronica since its very inception. It recognizes excellence in independent work in the arts and sciences as well as in high-end commercial productions in the film, advertising and entertainment industries. In this category, artistic originality counts just as much as masterful technical achievement.<BR>
</FONT><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Digital Musics</FONT></B><BR>
<FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Contemporary digital sound productions from the broad spectrum of &#8220;electronica&#8221; come in for consideration in the &#8220;Digital Musics&#8221; category, as do works combining sound and media, computer compositions ranging from electro-acoustic to experimental music, or sound installations. This category&#8217;s programmatic agenda is to expand horizons beyond the confines of individual genres and artistic currents.<BR>
</FONT><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Interactive Art</FONT></B><BR>
<FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">The &#8220;Interactive Art&#8221; category is dedicated to interactive works in all forms and formats, from installations to performances. Here, particular consideration is given to the realization of apowerful artistic concept through the especially appropriate use of technologies, the innovativeness of the interaction design, and the work&#8217;s inherent potential to expand the human radius of action.<BR>
</FONT><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Net Vision</FONT></B><BR>
<FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">The &quot;Net Vision&quot; category singles out for recognition artistic projects in the Internet that display brilliance in how they have been engineered, designed and- especially-conceived, works that are outstanding with respect to innovation, interface design and the originality of their content. The way in which a work of net-based art deals with the online medium is essential in this category.<BR>
</FONT><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Digital Communities</FONT></B><BR>
<FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">&#8220;Digital Communities&#8221; encompasses the wide-ranging social consequences of the Internet as well as the latest developments in the domain of mobile communications and wireless networks. &#8220;Digital Communities&#8221; will spotlight bold and inspired innovations impacting human coexistence, bridging the digital divide regarding gender as well as geography, or creating outstanding social software and enhancing accessibility of technological-social infrastructure. This new category will showcase the political potential of digital and networked systems and is thus designed as a forum for a broad spectrum of projects, programs, initiatives and phenomenain which social innovation is taking place, as itwere, in real time.</FONT></P>

<P><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">[the next idea]</FONT></B><BR>
<B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Art and Technology Grant<BR>
</FONT></B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Discovering ideas for tomorrow in young minds today is the aim of this grant supported by</FONT><B> <FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">voest</FONT></B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">alpine and focusing on the intersection of art and technology. The category&#8217;s target group includes students at universities, art schools, technical schools, and other educational institutions as well as creatives from all over the world, aged 19-27, who have developed as-yet-unproduced concepts in the fields of media art, media design or media technology. The winner receives a stipend in the amount of 7,500 Euro and will be invited to spend a term as Researcher and Artist in Residence at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Judging will be done by a panel of experts.<BR>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Sponsorging and Support</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">SAP, Telekom Austria and voestalpine are the Sponsors of the 2004 Prix Ars Electronica. The competition is made possible through the support of the City of Linz and the Province of Upper Austria.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Prix Ars Electronica is supported by: ÖKS Österreichischer Kultur-Service, Pöstlingbergschlöss&#8217;l, Sony DADC, Spring, KLM</FONT></P>

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