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<P><SPAN LANG="fr"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Prix Ars Electronica 2006</FONT></SPAN>

<BR><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">International Competition for Cyberarts</FONT></SPAN>

<BR><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">The Prix Ars Electronica - International Competition for Cyberarts is being conducted for the 19th time in 2006. In addition to the classic categories-Interactive Art, Net Vision, Computer Animation / Visual Effects and Digital Musics-Digital Communities and [the next idea] Art and Technology Grant competition that debuted last year will be reprised.</FONT></SPAN></P>

<P><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Prix Ars Electronica 2006</FONT></B></SPAN>

<BR><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Start of Online Submissions:</FONT><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial"> January 10, 2006</FONT></B></SPAN>

<BR><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Online Submission Deadline:</FONT><B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial"> March 17, 2006</FONT></B></SPAN>

<BR><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Details about entering are available online only at </FONT><FONT COLOR="#0000FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial"><A HREF="http://prixars.aec.at";>http://prixars.aec.at</A></FONT></SPAN>

<P><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Total Prize Money: 117,500 Euro</FONT></SPAN>

<BR><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">6 Golden Nicas</FONT></SPAN>

<BR><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">12 Awards of Distinction</FONT></SPAN>

<BR><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Up to 12 Honorary Mentions in each category</FONT></SPAN>

<P><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">For further information please contact Iris Mayr:<U> info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx</U></FONT></SPAN>

</FONT><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">The &quot;Computer Animation / Visual Effects&quot; 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.</FONT></SPAN></P>

</B><B></B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Contemporary digital sound productions from the broad spectrum of &quot;electronica&quot; come in for consideration in the &quot;Digital Musics&quot; category, as do works combining sound and media, computer compositions ranging from electro-acoustic to experimental music, or sound installations. This category's programmatic agenda is to expand horizons beyond the confines of individual genres and artistic currents.</FONT><B></B></SPAN></P>

</FONT><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">The &quot;Interactive Art&quot; category is dedicated to interactive works in all forms and formats, from installations to performances. Here, particular consideration is given to the realization of a powerful artistic concept through the especially appropriate use of technologies, the innovativeness of the interaction design, and the work's inherent potential to expand the human radius of action.</FONT></SPAN></P>

</B><B></B><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.</FONT></SPAN></P>

</FONT><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">This category focuses attention on the wide-ranging social impact of the Internet as well as on the latest developments in the fields of social software, mobile communications and wireless networks. &quot;Digital Communities&quot; spotlights bold and inspired innovations impacting human coexistence, bridging the geographical as well as gender-based digital divide, or creating outstanding social software and enhancing accessibility of technological-social infrastructure. This category showcases the political potential of digital and networked systems and is thus designed as a forum for the consideration of a broad spectrum of projects, programs, initiatives and phenomena in which social innovation is taking place, as it were, in real time. A Golden Nica, two Awards of Distinction and up to 12 Honorary Mentions will be awarded in the Digital Communities category in 2006.</FONT> </SPAN></P>

<P><SPAN LANG="en-gb"><FONT COLOR="#3366FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">[the next idea]</FONT><B></B><B><BR>
</B><B></B><FONT SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Art and Technology Grant<BR>
The aim of this grant focusing on the mutually enriching interplay of art and technology is to nurture concepts for the future that young thinkers are coming up with today. This category&#8217;s target group includes interested persons throughout the world between the ages of 19 and 27, who have developed a not-yet-realized concept in the fields of media art, media design or media technology. The winner will receive a 7,500-euro grant and an invitation to spend a semester as scientific assistant and artist-in-residence at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.</FONT></SPAN></P>

<P><SPAN LANG="en-us"><B><FONT COLOR="#808080" SIZE=1 FACE="Verdana">Iris Mayr</FONT></B></SPAN>

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