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Prix Ars Electronica Media Art Research Award 2008: "Interactive Artforms"

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From: Dr. Katja Kwastek <kwastek@media.lbg.ac.at>
Date: Dec 7, 2007 6:28 AM
Subject: Prix Ars Electronica Media Art Research Award 2008:
"Interactive Artforms"
To: NEW-MEDIA-CURATING@jiscmail.ac.uk

Dear CRUMB readers,

Please consider submitting for this award,


In conjunction with the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica, the Ludwig Boltzmann
Institute Media.Art.Research will be awarding a prize honoring an
outstanding theoretical work on the subject of <Interactive Artforms>.

Prix Ars Electronica Media.Art.Research Award wants to further scholarly
investigation of media artforms that have not yet gotten established in the
context of art museums or in the commercial art world, and of processual,
conceptual and interactive art that assumes subversive, situational and
committed positions at the interface of art, technology and society.

This new theory prize (prize money: 5.000 euros) is designed to accord 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 and on their conservation. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute
Media.Art.Research has been pursuing precisely these tasks since its
founding 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. Essential to this agenda is the necessity of
defining terms and developing a theoretical framework in a way that affirms
pluralism and emphatically rejects any sort of final categorization of such

What can you submit?

Theoretical works dealing with some aspect of <interactive artforms> can be
entered this year-for example,

* a university thesis/dissertation,
* a scholarly article,
* an essay,
* a book or
* an online publication.

The work must either be in the form of a completed manuscript or have
already been published. Individuals or groups of people of any nationality
are eligible to enter.

The Prix Ars Electronica Media.Art.Research Award is meant to recognize
basic scholarly research and contemporary theory construction that addresses
current scientific, social and artistic issues. In the judging, decisive
emphasis will be placed on the submission's contribution to the latest
research and not on the historical merits of the author. Consideration will
also be given to the Ludwig Boltzmann Society's overriding objective of
fostering the careers of promising academicians. The jury will pay
particular attention to the quality of the work's content and its scholarly
relevance. Contemporary methodological approaches expressed in a clear,
understandable way are especially welcome, as are innovative publication
formats (e.g. online publishing).

Deadline for submission: March 7, 2008
(but if you submit as early as possible, you give us more time to read your
contributions ;-)

More informations about the Prix and the online registration:
<http://www.aec.at/en/prix/index.asp> http://www.aec.at/en/prix/index.asp