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The Prix Ars Electronica is a yearly prize in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music. It has been awarded since 1987 by Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), one of the world's major centers for art and technology.

In 2005, the Golden Nica, the highest prize, was awarded in six categories: "Computer Animation/Visual Effects," "Digital Musics," "Interactive Art," "Net Vision," "Digital Communities" and the "u19" award for "freestyle computing." Each Golden Nica came with a prize of 10,000 Euros, apart from the u19 category, where the prize was 5,600 Euros. In each category, there are also Awards of Distinction and Honorary Mentions.

The Golden Nica Award

The Golden Nica bears some resemblance to the statue Winged Victory of Samothrace.


[edit] Golden Nica winners

[edit] Digital Musics

This category is for those making electronic music and sound art through digital means. From 1987 to 1998 the category was known as "Computer music." Two Golden Nicas were awarded in 1987, and none in 1990. There was no Computer Music category in 1991.

[edit] Interactive Art

Prizes in the category of interactive art have been awarded since 1990. This category applies to many categories of works, including installations and performances, characterized by audience participation, virtual reality, multimedia and telecommunication.

[edit] Computer graphics-related categories

The "Computer Graphics" category (1987 - 1994) was open to different kinds of computer images. The "Computer Animation" (1987-1997) was replaced by the current "Computer Animation/Visual Effects" category in 1998.

[edit] Computer Graphics

[edit] Computer Animation

[edit] Computer Animation/Visual Effects

  • 2005 "Fallen Art" by Tomek Paginski, Poland.
  • 2006 "458nm" by Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber, Filmakademie Baden Württemberg, Germany.
    • Distinction: "Kein platz Für Gerold" by Daniel Nocke / Studio Film Bilder, Germany
    • Distinction: "Negadon, the monster from Mars", by Jun Awazu, Japan

[edit] Internet-related categories

In the categories "World Wide Web" (1995 – 96) and ".net" (1997 – 2000), interesting web-based projects were awarded, based on criteria like web-specificity, community-orientation, identity and interactivity. In 2001, the category became broader under the new name "Net Vision / Net Excellence", with rewards for innovation in the online medium.

[edit] World Wide Web

  • 1995 - "Idea Futures" by Robin Hanson
  • 1996 - "The Hijack project" by etoy
    • Second prizes: HyGrid by SITO and Journey as an exile

[edit] .net

[edit] Net Vision / Net Excellence

[edit] Digital Communities

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Danny Wool, representing Wikipedia, receives a 2004 Golden Nica.

A category begun in 2004 with support from SAP (and a separate ceremony in New York City two months before the main Ars Electronica ceremony) to celebrate the 25th birthday of Ars Electronica. Two Golden Nicas were awarded.

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