Australian Artists Clean Up At The 2007 Prix Ars Electronica International Competition For Cyberarts

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Tuesday 07 October 2014.

The Australia Council for the Arts congratulates SymbioticA and Australian artists Leon Cmielewski and Josephine Starrs, who have received accolades at the 2007 Prix Ars Electronica International Competition for CyberArts.

Considered the ’Oscars’ of the media arts industry, SymbioticA received the Golden Nica award in the hybrid art category of the prestigious competition.

SymbioticA, located at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia, is an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and critique of life sciences. SymbioticA is the first research laboratory of its kind, in that it enables artists to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department.

Leon Cmielewski and Josephine Starrs work Seeker also received an award of distinction in the Interactive Art category.

The work focuses on the causal connections among territorial borders, the occurrence of raw materials that are at the centre of violent disputes, and flows of migrants.

With over 34,365 entries since 1987 and prize money in 2007 totalling 122,500 euros, the competition offers the largest cash purse for cyberarts worldwide.