Qwartz 7th edition presided by alva noto calls for new media art creations until October 20, 2010.


Qwartz is an organization that promotes and supports independent artistic creation through an international contest. During the closing ceremony of each edition of Qwartz, independent labels and artists are acknowledged with prizes and endowments.

Today Qwartz has assembled 3,000 labels and 10,000 artists. The prizes reward all aspects of contemporary artistic creation: audiovisuals and graphics, instruments, technological innovation, and new media arts.


New Media Arts category rewards innovative artworks using new media and technologies. A specific jury has the new media art selection in charge. Launched during Qwartz 5th edition, the New Media Arts prize will reward for the very first time in 2011 a creation and not an artist. The prize-winner was chosen until now after the jury propositions and no call for entry was edited.

The New Media Arts category concerns every artistic creation integrating new technologies in its own creative process. The prize rewards a work using and questioning opportunities offered by machines and digital era. Interactive, audio-visual, digital, and collaborative artworks will be appreciated.


Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr presides over the New Media Arts Jury this year. It is composed by 6 to 8 new media professionals: curators, festival directors, journalists, critics, auctioneers.

Its composition will be announced in September 2010.


The Qwartz New Media Arts prize-winner will be known during the Awards Closing Ceremony that happens on Friday, the 1st of April, 2011. Artists, labels, institutions and partners coming from all over the world will be assisting to the event. The International New Music Market will be organized this year again during two days on Saturday, the 2nd of April, 2011, and Sunday, the 3rd, 2011.


Nominations will be known Mid-December 2010. The three nominated works will be presented on Qwartz website. The Qwartz New Media Arts prize-winner will receive a financial or in nature endowment as well – its nature will be revealed beginning 2011.


Registration is open from July 20, 2010, to October, 20, 2010, to every new media artist, group or collective from every country in the world. An artist or group or collective is allowed to submit several projects.

Registration is free and open to works produced after January 1st, 2009. It proceeds by sending an e-mail to newmedia7[@]qwartz.org the following information:

  • Full name of the applicant
  • Name of the structure / organization
  • Function of the applicant
  • Applicant’s coordinates (address, telephone, email, website)
  • Artist(s)’s and release(s)’s full names
  • Website(s) of the artist(s)

Every entry requires a full and detailed documentation to allow the jury members to understand and analyse the work:

  • Audio and/or video files (.mp3 320 kbs / .flv 700 kbs sizes)
  • Pictures (.jpeg size)
  • Note / short introduction (not longer than 5,000 characters)
  • Biography of the artist(s)
  • Completed and signed terms & conditions (see pages 3 and 4)

The documentation set – included the signed terms & conditions – has to be sent in a zip file per e-mail or to download on a link.