[NetBehaviour] Call for projects: VIDA 14.0 Art and Artificial Life International Awards
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*VIDA, the Art and Artificial Life International Awards*begun in 1999 by
Fundación Telefónica, was created with the mission of supporting
creative endeavours in this singular field by rewarding the pioneering
efforts of artists. We are now pleased to announce the launch of the
*VIDA 14.0*, which for the last 14 years have been rewarding artistic
projects developed with technological media that offer innovative
insights into the study of artificial life.
At a time when the concept of life finds itself once again in uncharted
territory, a wide range of artistic initiatives attempt to illustrate
and explore this phenomenon, examining its impact on our collective
consciousness and how it affects the cultural, technological and social
Over the past decade, VIDA has welcomed a variety of interdisciplinary
projects that respond to this situation and brought them together in a
single forum. Using formal strategies that push the boundaries between
existing practices, these projects offer new perspectives that force us
to reconsider our pre-existing notions of life and artificial life.
*What types of projects receive a VIDA 14.0? *
The VIDA Award is granted to artistic creations developed using
artificial life technology. Among the projects submitted to VIDA, the
artists’ ties to this theme and their choice of media are very diverse.
Throughout its history, the competition has welcomed proposals that
challenge the boundary between living and non-living, between natural
and synthetic, either by juxtaposing both realities or by creating
overlapping spaces for reflection.
The winning projects include robotic systems, immersive installations,
online video games, autonomous self-organising devices and evolutionary
indicators. Another common characteristic of past winners is the use of
interactive and immersive installations—a response to today’s
environment of technological entities—which attempt to communicate with
visitors by making them part of the system. Chimerical devices that
combine natural and artificial elements, telepresence systems, network
structures that operate as artificial intelligences, invasive dynamics
of increasing complexity and acumen—these are just some of the themes
addressed by the artists who participate in VIDA. From the very first
edition to the present day, we have rewarded artists who have applied
traditional artificial life technologies to their work, such as cellular
automata, autonomous agents, neural networks, robotics, interactive
systems, virtual ecologies and evolving software. What all of these
projects have in common is that they involve emergent behaviours which
grow more sophisticated over time, react with their environment and seem
to show signs of autonomous life.
In recent years we have observed an increasing hybridisation of media
and formats among the projects submitted to VIDA, which has led us to
advocate the category’s expansion in order to trace the evolution of
this field. The competition has gradually extended its scope,
maintaining its interest in projects that involve conventional
artificial life research while also venturing into new, cutting-edge
territories such as life sciences and environmental sciences. In short,
we could say that VIDA rewards artistic projects that are related to any
dynamic life process affected by simulation.
*As in previous years, contestants are invited to submit proposals in
one of two categories:*
CATEGORY “FINALISED PROJECTS”
In this category, Vida 14.0 rewards artistic artificial life projects
developed after the year 2010. A total of *40,000 euros*will be divided
among the three winning projects chosen by the jury: *First Prize:
18,000 euros; Second Prize: 14,000 euros; Third Prize: 8,000 euros*.
Seven honorary mentions will also be awarded to projects chosen by the
jury from among the finalists.
*CATEGORY “INCENTIVES FOR PRODUCTION"*
In this category, Vida 14.0 helps to finance artistic artificial life
projects that have not yet been produced.It is reserved for artists who
are citizens or residents of any country in *Latin America, Spain or
Portugal*. This category is also endowed with *40,000 euros*to be
divided among the selected projects.
Project submissions will be accepted from *23*^*rd* *April to 30*^*th*
All projects must be submitted before midnight (Central European Time)
on 30th July 2012.
Submitted projects will be reviewed by an international jury consisting
of *Mónica Bello*(Spain), *Jens Hauser*(France),*Martin Kaltenbrunner
*(Austria), *Karla Jasso*(Mexico), *Sally Jane Norman*(New
Zealand/France), *Nell Tenhaaf*(Canada) and *Francisco Serrano*,
Executive Director of Fundación Telefónica.
INFORMATION AND QUERIES
You can find the competition guidelines and the participation form at
If you have any questions about the competition, please refer to the FAQ
section. You may also contact us by sending an email to
vida at telefonica.es <mailto:vida at telefonica.es>
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