The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe the CyberForum and its partners presented the AppArtAward for the second time on July 13th, 2012. The prize awards the best work of art in app format that distinguished themselves as advanced artistic applications. In addition to the aesthetic aspects, focus is placed on the creative integration and use of technological possibilities. The renowned jury members selected winner Apps in the categories “Prize for Artistic Innovation”, “Special Prize for Game Art” and “Special Prize for Cloud Art” from over 80 submissions.
The Prize Winners
PRIZE FOR ARTISTIC INNOVATION
by Jörg Piringer (Österreich), 2012, Applikation für iOS
The app konsonant is a creative survey of letters, sound, and technology. It contains four different sound games with which it is possible to search the alphabet specifically for consonants. The user may put the letters in movement, make acoustic machines from them, create sound paths, and experiment with short musical artifacts.
Jörg Piringer, *1974, lives and works in Vienna. Piringer is a media artist, sound poet, and musician. He is member of the institute for transacoustic research, as well as the first Vienna Vegetable Orchestra. As a free-lance artist and researcher he creatively investigates themes such as electronic music, radio art, sound installation as well as the medium of computer games. Piringer’s interest also extends to language – he studies at the Vienna Poetry School, as is also reflected in his apps, which test out the playful approach to letters.
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR GAME ART
by students of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, study focus interactive media, 2012, application for iOS
Globosome FREE deals with balance, responsibility, and dexterity. With an intuitively useable gyro controller, the players can steer a planteating sphere, which has become separated from its swarm and which is now attempting to return to it or to establish its own swarm. If the sphere eats enough, it receives sufficient life energy to reproduce itself through the separation. However, if the sphere lapses into gluttony, the resources become scarce, and the life of the growing swarm is endangered.
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg: Anna Katharina Brinkschulte (*1984), Franziska Remmele (*1986), Sascha Geddert (*1984), Fabian Schaub (*1986), Thomas Krüger (*1988), Oliver Witzki (*1989), Tonio Freitag (*1979), Maryna Aksenov (*1986), Namralata Strack (*1982) live and work/study in Ludwigsburg (Germany).
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR CLOUD ART
Electric Sheep (Infinite Evolving Live Wallpaper)
by Scott Draves (USA), 2012, Applikation für Android
The Electric Sheep is a form of artificial life, which is to say it is software that recreates the biological phenomena of evolution and reproduction though mathematics. The system is made up of man and machine with 450,000 participant computers and people all over the Internet. This is a distributed system, with all participating computers working together to form a supercomputer that renders
Scott Draves, *1968, lives and works in New York City. Draves is a software artist. His software artworks are released as open source and have been used for two decades by many other artists and designers in their own work. When not working as a full-time artist, Draves has worked for a series of technology start-ups. Draves is now an engineer in the mapping division at Google Inc.
Chairman ZKM | Karlsruhe
Managing director ZKM | Karlsruhe
Chairman CAS Software AG
CEO CyberForum e.V.
Head of Unit ICT and Knowledge Networks
Head of Tate Online, Tate Gallery
Click through impressions of the award ceremony and the aftershow party.