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<nettime> RFC: nettime nominated for Golden Nica

Dear Nettimers --

Because nettime-l an email address, pretty much like any other, it gets
lots of exciting offers each day. Every once in a while, an interesting one
comes along -- for example, a solicitation from MS VP Nathan Myhrvold to
hold a meeting at his company's headquarters[1] or an accidentally poetic
announcements about ways to shrink or grow some part of our collective
anatomy.  Most of these ask us to make some kind of financial investment;
however, the latest interesting one to come in only asks for a little bit
of time and thought. Ars Electronic has invited (whatever this means) has
invited to apply for its new "digital communities" award.
Maybe this is the final sign that some of the list's most noted critics
("krikits") are right when they represent the list as too big, too bloated,
too old; maybe not; maybe something else. 


Nettime's moderators take a bit of pride in having refused numerous
chances to "represent" the collective, ephemeral individuals and networks
that collectively form the group of lists called "nettime" (-ann, -bold
[RIP], -fr, -l, -lat, -ro, -see, -zh, and, in a way, the "neighborhood" of
lists). Thus, for example, when Eyebeam approached us last year with a
proposal to work with nettime, we were insistent that they would have to
present their proposal to the list rather than negotiating with what they
imagined to be some presumed "executive" contact. 

And so with Ars Electronica. The mail they sent is appended for you to
read. We encourage you -- any of you, all of you, some of you, in whatever
configuration(s) you like -- to submit a statement that expresses, in some
way, your views on the various questions they ask: about what nettime is,
its history, and/or whether it deserves a Golden Nica.

We think nettime deserves an award (why not?), and we ourselves may file
our own personal statements, as time permits. However, in the interests of
clarity in advance, we make two requests of Ars Electronica. First, they
should weigh equally all statements they receive. And, second, any revenues
stemming from the award should go to, which for years has
generously supported nettime-l and many other vital people and projects. 
For that reason, we registered nettime with the following contact info:

     Name: Nettime Nettime (c/o The Thing)
     Street: 601 West 26th St
     ZIP Code: 10001 New York
     State: NY
     Country: Vereinigte Staaten
     Telephone: 1.212.937.0443

Appended are:

     (1) letter from AEC to nettime-l
     (2) checklist for submission
     (3) text of online entry form (slightly different from (2)?)

     the nettime-l mod squad (Andrea, Felix, Martin, Ted)

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Subject: Prix Ars Electronica - Welcome to participate!
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 16:05:40 +0100
From: "Communities" <>
To: <>

Dear  Nettime Team,

We would kindly like to invite you to participate with 
in this year's Prix Ars Electronica, the foremost international prize 
for computer-based art. To mark Ars Electronica's twenty-fifth 
anniversary in 2004, the Prix Ars Electronica has expanded its 
international competition for cyberarts to include a new "Digital 
Communities" category singling out for recognition projects of great 
sociopolitical relevance.

This new category encompasses the social consequences of the Internet as 
well as the latest developments in the domain of mobile communications 
and wireless networks. For a detailed description of the category and 
about Prix Ars Electronica in general, please see the attached PDF file 
or our website

Two Golden Nicas will be awarded with 10,000 Euro each and
4 Awards of Distinction with 5,000 Euro each and up to 14 Honorary 

The closing deadline for the entries is March 12th, 2004.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to come back 
to us.

Looking forward to your hopefully positive reply!

With best regards
Clara Picot

Clara Picot
AEC Ars Electronica Center Linz
Museumsgesellschaft mbH
Hauptstrasse 2
A-4040 Linz / Austria
Tel: +43-732-7272-74
Fax: +43-732-7272-676

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Prix Ars Electronica 2004
Prix Ars Electronica 2004 is the 18th editition of the foremost 
international competition for computer-based art. To mark Ars 
Electronica's 25th anniversary in 2004, it is being expanded to include 
a "Digital Communities" domain dedicated to social developments of great 
current relevance. Start for submissions is January 12, 2004.

Prix Ars Electronica 2004 will be awarded in the following categories: 
"Computer Animation / Visual Effects", "Digital Musics", "Interactive 
Art", "Net Vision" and "Digital Communities".

Computer Animation / Visual Effects
The "Computer Animation / Visual Effects" category has been part of the 
Prix Ars Electronica since its very inception. It recognizes excellence 
in independent work in the arts and sciences as well as in high-end 
commercial productions in the film, advertising and entertainment 
industries. In this category, artistic originality counts just as much 
as masterful technical achievement.

Digital Musics
Contemporary digital sound productions from the broad spectrum of 
"electronica" come in for consideration in the "Digital Musics" 
category, as do works combining sound and media, computer compositions 
ranging from electro-acoustic to experimental music, or sound 
installations. This category's programmatic agenda is to expand horizons 
beyond the confines of individual genres and artistic currents.

Interactive Art
The "Interactive Art" category is dedicated to interactive works in all 
forms and formats, from installations to performances. Here, particular 
consideration is given to the realization of apowerful artistic concept 
through the especially appropriate use of technologies, the 
innovativeness of the interaction design, and the work's inherent 
potential to expand the human radius of action.

Net Vision
The "Net Vision" category singles out for recognition artistic projects 
in the Internet that display brilliance in how they have been 
engineered, designed and- especially-conceived, works that are 
outstanding with respect to innovation, interface design and the 
originality of their content. The way in which a work of net-based art 
deals with the online medium is essential in this category.

Digital Communities
"Digital Communities" encompasses the wide-ranging social consequences 
of the Internet as well as the latest developments in the domain of 
mobile communications and wireless networks. "Digital Communities" will 
spotlight bold and inspired innovations impacting human coexistence, 
bridging the digital divide regarding gender as well as geography, or 
creating outstanding social software and enhancing accessibility of 
technological-social infrastructure. This new category will showcase the 
political potential of digital and networked systems and is thus 
designed as a forum for a broad spectrum of projects, programs, 
initiatives and phenomenain which social innovation is taking place, as 
itwere, in real time.

u19-freestyle computing
Competition for young people under 19 in Austria
Prix Ars Electronica u19-freestyle computing is an open category for all 
works that have been designed with or executed by the computer-from 
websites to software to robots. "freestyle computing" stands for freedom 
from the restrictions associated with the use of different tools and for 
a competition that pays just as much attention to innovation and 
creativity as it does to the age of the individual submitting it.

[The next idea]
Art and Technology Grant
Discovering ideas for tomorrow in young minds today is the aim of this 
spin-off the highly successful u19 competition. Artists age 19-27 are 
invited to submit ideas and proposals for works not yet realized. The 
winner receives a stipend in the amount of 7,500 Euro and will be 
invited to spend a term as Artist in Residence at the Ars Electronica 
Futurelab-a great opportunity to bring project ideas to fruition and 
subsequently to present them to a large international audience at the 
Ars Electronica Festival.

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[instructions for submitting an application]

Please be certain that you have read the General Entry Regulations.

Your entry must include:

     - project description (3.000 characters maximum)
     - project basics
     - web address of the project
     - project details: object and cultural-geographic context, 
       outline of the project's origin, development and history 
       to-date, type and extent of the (groups of) individuals 
       currently involved, technological basis, etc.
     - technical information: objective, statement of the problem 
       being addressed, solution and features, fields of application, 
       concrete areas of implementation, potential users and 
       beneficiaries, licensing type, system environment, 
       technological basis, etc.
     - statement of reasons why the submitted project deserves to 
       win a prize in the "Digital Communities" category
     - resources: if you want to send supporting information in 
       digital form (eg. the complete, unabridged version of the 
       text; scientific,  scholarly or theoretical texts about the 
       project; media coverage  and published reactions or
       illustrations) that are important for  evaluating your 
       project, please send them (as files in the formats  doc, 
       rtf or pdf, tif, eps, jpg, max. 5 MB) to the following address:

Please indicate the name of the submitter and the title  of the project in the
     - submitter: information about the person submitting the entry 
     - biography
     - 1 portrait of the author as a file on CD in the following 
       formats: tif, eps, jpg (jpg, eps only at maximum quality), 
       300 dpi (in sizes ranging up to 7x10 cm). Please also 
       include hardcopies!

You must submit your entry through online registration at starting January 12,
2004. There you can input all the information necessary to submit your project,
as well upload any accompanying digital material. After completing the
registration, please print out a hardcopy of the online form, sign the form,
and submit it along with any additional (hardcopy) material needed to support
your entry by mail (postmarked no later than March 26, 2004) to:

      AEC Ars Electronica Center Linz
      Hauptstrasse 2
      A - 4040 Linz, Austria
      Code: Prix

or per fax to +43.732.7272-676 

You will then receive a confirmation of your online submission and
notification of the arrival by mail of your (hardcopy) documents. Only complete
submissions that arrive on or before the deadline will be given consideration
for a prize.

Registration starts 
      January 12, 2004
     Deadline: March 26, 2004 

If your entry is awarded a prize or receives an Honorary Mention, your material
will be used for the catalog, DVD, CD and the Prix Ars Electronica website
General Entry Regulations), so please prepare your picture and text material
carefully. The catalog, DVD and CD will be released in conjunction with the
2004 Ars Electronica Festival. All participants will receive a complimentary
copy of the catalog.

We are also planning to produce short video documentaries about each of the
two winners in the Digital Communities category.

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[text of online entry form]

Please enter here detailed information about your work. [(* = required)]

Title / Name of Project*

Type of Project*

     [ ] community project
     [ ] social software
     [ ] publication
     [ ] other 

Description of your project
what is your project about, who are the people involved and adressed (3.000
characters maximum)

Web Address of the Project

Project Details
(max. 3.000 characters per question) 

Objectives:*  What is the objective of your project? What is the common goal,
topic, interest, etc. of the community or the main uses of the software?

Language and context:  In which cultural and geographic context is the project

Project History:*  What was the project's origin, when and how did it start?
How did it develop up to the present day?

People:*  What is the core team carrying the project? How many (groups of)
individuals are currently involved as members or users? How would you
charaterize the people participating in the project? Is access to the project
open or restricted?

Lessons learned:  What has worked / what has not worked in the process of
realisation of your project?

Technical Information 
(max. 3.000 characters per  question) 

Technological basis:*  What is the technological basis of your project or
software (infrastructure, operating system environment, connectivity /
telecommunication, etc.)?

Solutions: If your submission is a software, please describe the problem it is
answering to, what solutions and most important features it offers.

Implementations: In what areas / sectors / regions is your software currently
applied? Where are running implementations of your software to be found?

Users:* Who are its (potential) users and beneficiaries?

License: Under what kinds of licenses do you make it available? How many copies
/ licenses have so far been handed out/downloaded?

Statement of Reasons:* Why the submitted project deserves to win a prize in the
"Digital Communities" category.

Planned use of prize money:*

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