VIDA 16.0

The main aim of the International Art and Artificial Life Contest, VIDA, is to recognise artists who are interested in the current discourse on life through the latest technologies and the most recent scientific advances. Conceived in 1999, VIDA, which offers a total of €82,000 in prizes, is currently one of the most prestigious international contests in the field of media art. VIDA supports excellence in artistic research into artificial life. All the projects awarded prizes in VIDA have the ability to express the complexity of the organisation of living systems and the hybrid nature of life. The VIDA jury will consider works of art that are governed by these principles, and more importantly, will select the projects that offer challenges to current ways of understanding life.

The projects submitted will be examined by a jury of international experts made up of Mónica Bello, Laura Fernández Orgaz, Honor Harger, Marina McDougall, Roger Malina, Jose-Carlos Mariátegui and Nell Tenhaaf.


VIDA Pioneer Prize: it continues the direction begun in 2009, during the tenth anniversary of VIDA, when the artist Laurie Anderson was awarded a VIDA prize for her pioneering work in the field of new media. After the celebration of VIDA’s 15th Anniversary, this prize has been organised once more so that artists with a solid artistic career in the field may be given recognition. The prize is worth €12,000.
Finished Project Prizes: held with the aim of taking the pulse of the latest developments in the area of art and artificial life. This prize is therefore intended for artistic works that were produced recently, not more than two years ago (dated after 2012).

  • First prize: €12,000.
  • Second prize: €10,000.
  • People’s Choice Award: €6,000.
  • Honourable mentions

Incentives for Production Prizes: intended to finance artistic proposals for artificial life that have not yet been carried out. These prizes are exclusively for creators whose nationality or permanent place of residence is Spain, Portugal or any country in Latin America. Five projects will received a total of €8,000.

Telefónica R+D Incentive Prize: one of the submissions awarded a prize will also receive the Telefónica R+D Incentive Prize, which consists of a residency of maximum one month in duration, at the Telefónica R+D headquarters in Barcelona in 2015.

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