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 artforms.

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.