STARTS OUTLOOK - STARTS Prize 2020: A Virtual Journey Through the Time Zones

Publish date
June 17, 2020

Three members of the STARTS Prize 2020 jury, Mara Balestrini, Clara Blume and Domhnaill Hernon, talk in an interview about the influence of Covid-19 on this year's jury process, the difference between design and art, recycling management and the usefulness of Excel lists.

Covid-19 really changes everything, that much is certain. For the seven jury members of the STARTS Prize of the European Commission this means, in extreme cases, meeting online for a morning coffee or in near-sleep mode and selecting the winning projects from hundreds of submissions. Within one weekend.

The hardest hit are Japan and California – Nobu Ide has the day behind him, Clara Blume forces herself into work. Even if it seems impossible at first, the discussions get going quickly – with each new day, more restrictions on the projects, more detailed discussion motives, the jury comes together faster. But with each additional day, a little more melancholy sets in, deprived of the opportunity to get to know each other personally.

In a three-day process, the STARTS Prize 2020 jury selected winning projects in the two categories Innovative Collaboration and Artistic Exploration, which will be announced in mid-June. We met with the three jury members Mara Balestrini, Clara Blume and Domhnaill Hernon (online) and talked about the influence of Covid-19, the difference between design and art, circular economy and the benefits of Excel lists.

Read the full article published in the ARS ELECTRONICA BLOG on June12, 2020, by Barbara Hinterleitner.

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