We are pleased to announce the launch of VIDA 15.0, Art and Artificial Life International Awards. As we begin accepting submissions for this year&8217;s awards, we will be looking for artistic projects that offer innovative perspectives on life by using the latest technology and cutting-edge scientific knowledge.
VIDA the Art and Artificial Life International Awards begun in 1999 by Fundación Telefónica, it was created with the mission of supporting creative endeavors in this singular field by rewarding the pioneering efforts of artists. At a time when the concept of life finds itself once again in uncharted territory, a wide range of artistic initiatives attempt to illustrate and explore this phenomenon, examining its impact on our collective consciousness and how it affects the cultural, technological and social mindset. Over the past decade, VIDA has welcomed a variety of interdisciplinary projects that respond to this situation and brought them together in a single forum. Using formal strategies that push the boundaries between existing practices, these projects offer new perspectives that force us to reconsider our pre-existing notions of life and artificial life.
VIDA 15.0 supports excellence in artistic research into artificial life. Projects that win a VIDA Award must be capable of expressing the complex organization of life systems and the hybrid nature of life. The VIDA jury will evaluate artistic projects that meet these criteria and, more importantly, will select those projects that challenge our current understanding and definition of life.
As in previous years, contestants are invited to submit proposals in one (or both) of two categories:
CATEGORY “FINALISED PROJECTS”
In this category, Vida 15.0 rewards artistic artificial life projects developed after the year 2011.
A total of 42,500 euros will be divided among the three winning projects chosen by the jury:
- First Prize: €18,000;
- Second Prize: €14,000;
- Third Prize: €8,000.
- Seven honorary mentions will also be awarded to projects chosen by the jury from among the finalists.
In addition to the winners of the three main prizes, we will also choose seven participants to receive honorable mentions and compete for the special People&8217;s Choice Award. Of these mentions, only the People&8217;s Choice Award is endowed with a cash prize, the amount of which will be 2,500 euros. The People&8217;s Choice Award will go to the project that receives the most votes from the public in the seven days immediately following the announcement of the official award winners (on October 2013). Votes will be cast electronically on the VIDA website and social networks.
CATEGORY “INCENTIVES FOR PRODUCTION”
In this category, Vida 15.0 helps to finance artistic artificial life projects that have not yet been produced. It is reserved for artists who are citizens or residents of any country in Latin America, Spain or Portugal. This category is also endowed with 40,000 euros to be divided among five selected projects.
VIDA 15.0 launches the Incentives I+D Prize with the aim of encouraging innovation using the latest artificial life technologies. Of the five award-winning projects of the Incentives for Production category one will receive additional support to assist with its technological development. The awarded artist will receive assistance from experts on research, development and innovation of Telefonica team in cutting-edge information technologies. In addition to benefiting from regular advice and contact online, the artist/s will also be invited to spend a maximum of one month in Telefónica&8217;s innovation department in Barcelona (Spain).
The projects submitted will be examined by an international jury comprising the following members: Mónica Bello (Spain), Andreas Broeckmann (Germany), Rejane Cantoni (Brazil), Martin Kaltenbrunner (Austria), Seiko Mikami (Japan), Sally-Jane Norman (New Zealand/France), Nell Tenhaaf (Canada) and Laura Fernández-Orgaz (Fundación Telefónica Responsible for de Art and Technology Projects).