Call: CYNETART Competition 2016

Open Call

CYNETART Competition 2016
CYNETART International Festival for Computer Based Art
November 10th – 16th, 2016
Dresden, Germany

Deadline: 1st of May, 2016

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the CYNETART International Festival for Computer Based Art, held at its main venue HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden and many satellite venues around the city. 20 years of CYNETART Festival is the reflection of the zeitgeist, the presentation of artistic quality and an invitation to the audience to discover something new. It is an extraordinary venue for public presentations and the performance of inter- and trans-disciplinary media art investigations.

Every two years, the Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau (TMA) and their partners write out the international CYNETART Competition. You’re invited to send us your installation, sculpture and performance projects, expanded media works, AV concerts or net art projects. All award-winning works will be presented in the exhibition of CYNETART Festival. An international jury selects the project submissions for the award of the CYNETART Competition.

The CYNETART Competition includes among others the Award of the Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (10.000 €), the Artist-in-Residence Scholarship of the Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (worth € 10.200), the CYNETART Price (5.000 €) in cooperation with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden. Further awards are intended.


«There are artists who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who transform a yellow spot into the sun.» (Pablo Picasso)

Utilizing new media has become ubiquitous in many forms of art. What is the unique substance and justification of the term NEW MEDIA ART?

The discourse of the creative industry today will be obsolete tomorrow. Hence, artists working with new technology are presented with a recurrent dilemma. Ever progressing, this technology is a tremendous area to explore but could be a form of entrapment as well. Seemingly compelling at its time of premiere, many of these types of works may outlive their temporary quality as obsolete as their accompanying discourses. One way to address these aesthetic dilemmas is to explore technology addressing and breaking its core: its inherent boundaries, instead of promoting the promise or more common expectations of the industry. Craft is as essential as intuition, and it is this embodied process that leads to uncanny work.

The focus for this year’s theme wishes to extend our ambitions beyond just visualizing the “new knowing” or responding to topical subjects. It is a common misunderstanding to assume that a work of art is already relevant just because its topic is. A creation is not already art because it is “interesting” and art it is not harmless. Art with new media is – like every form of art – about Enigma not about NVIDIA. The challenge of this year’s competition is: The enigmatic.

We are looking forward to experience your aspiring, courageous and signature proposal or want to help to realize it.

General terms and regulations

  • Submission can only proceed through the online application form.
  • The used language in the application form is English (you can also enter German text).
  • Each participant (or group) must submit one work for each advertised award, in total you can submit three works.
  • Works that have been awarded with a CYNETART award or have received an CYNETART acknowledgment can not be submitted again.
  • The year of production of work or the submitted concept may not date back more than two years (2014).
  • The award-winning works will be shown at CYNETART Festival 2016, which means that the presentation of the work must be possible.
  • For the Grant and the Artist-in-Residence Scholarship of the State Minister of Science and Arts in Saxony, only aspiring artists living predominantly in Germany and also German participants living abroad may apply.
  • The applicant must sign the completed registration form.
  • Only complete applications will be considered.


Participants will receive a confirmation receipt of the notification by email. Each submission will receive a registration number, which should be indicated in all communications. If the conditions of submission are not fulfilled, the submitted work will not be allowed to the competition and will not be presented to the jury. In this case a notification to the participant is send by mail.

The online application includes uploading the following materials, like:

  • Biographical information on the author or to the main authors
  • Synopsis
  • Presentation of the project or the project concept
  • Technical specifications (hardware / software)
  • Technical rider for presentation


The CYNETART competition is accompanied and the works selected by an international jury.


1st of May 2016 – deadline call for entry
May 2016 – jury meeting
June 2016 – formal notification to the applicant
10th -16th of November 2016 – CYNETART Festival in Dresden


By submitting the applicant assures that third parties hold no rights of submitted materials. The right to use one-minute excerpts for information and advertising purposes transmits each competitor to the organizer. The organizers can use selected works for presentation as demonstrational non-commercial nature and for documentation purposes. Legal recourse is excluded.


All award-winning and presented works shown at the CYNETART Festival will be published in the festival catalogue.


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