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digital sparks 2003

We are delighted with the tremendous response to the digital sparks 2003 competition. Students from a wide range of different media courses submitted a total of 135 projects. This increase of almost 100% not only underlines the keen interest of students at media colleges and university faculties, it also reflects the commitment of teachers and lecturers too. We would like to thank everyone involved.
For the first time ever, students from the fields of architecture, art education and theatre were able to submit projects in the new category "Media production and communication". Each project was assessed by two of the total of » 59 experts who nominated 46 entries for assessment by the final › panel of judges.
The winners received their prizes at an award ceremony at » Ars Electronica on September 10th 2003. They each received a › production scholarship worth EUR 2,500 and had the opportunity to present their work to an audience of specialists at the official ceremony.

Presentation of the projects

On September 10th 2003, the award ceremony for digital sparks 2003 was held during the » Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. The winners presented their work as part of the evening event which will was attended by famous names from the field of media culture.
A detailed documentation about the 2003 competition can be downloaded as a › [PDF | 3,7 MB] document (sorry, German only).
All submissions to the 2003 competition can be viewed online in the interactive › map of colleges and universities.

The digital sparks 2003 team

Design and management: » Monika Fleischmann and » Wolfgang Strauss

Organisation and implementation: Diane Müller

Editorial team and assistants: Gabriele Blome, Jochen Denzinger, Katja Heckes, Kai-Uwe Kunze, Stefan Paal, Daniel Pfuhl, Felix Schmitz-Justen, Thomas Unger.


This year, prize-winners had the opportunity to present their work at the » Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.
A brief description of the projects awarded 2001-2003 together with the jury statements can be found in the digital sparks mini booklet (sorry, German only):
screen-version › [PDF |2 MB], print-version › [PDF | 8,4 MB].