STARTS grants combine science and arts

Two new projects that combine transformative technology with engaging art disciplines have each received €20,000 thanks to the STARTS Prize run by Ars Electronica and the European Commission. Artificial Skin and Bones Group uses art to explore the design of artificial body parts, while Magnetic Motion examines the role science can play in clothing and fashion design.

STARTSSTARTS grants are designed to encourage, ‘innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art,’ in order to, ‘master the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe will be facing in the near future.tactile

IVH1308The two projects now have the chance to develop their concept further. STARTS also gave honorary mentions to the following projects: Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab, We Make Art Not Money, Bionic Partition: Generative Design for Aerospace, ART+COM Studios, WCMC Discovery Wall, the Water-based Digital Fabrication Platform, V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, SPARKED: A Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters, and FairyLightsinFemtoseconds. Full details of each project can be found on the STARTS website.

Formed in 1979, Ars Electronica is committed to investigation the interplay of art, technology and science. Ars Electronica Festival runs this year from 8-12 September in Linz. The prize winners will be publicly honoured at a ceremony at the festival on 9 September.