Award of Distinction | Prix Ars Electronica 2023 Artificial Intelligence & Life Art



The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s longest-running media art competition. With the award-winning works of international artists as a trend barometer, it offers an inspiring, current and forward-looking insight into the interface between art, technology and society.
The category “Artificial Intelligence & Life Art“ is dedicated to artistic practice and thinking related with all areas of Artificial Intelligence and Life Sciences. Eg artwork engaging with Biotech, Genetic Engineering, Synthetic Biology etc as well as Machine Learning, Deep Learning and any other form of Artificial Intelligence Research.
About the artwork
3SDC is a contestable food systems project about Agricultural Technology (AgTech).
The work is a performative durational experiment that includes public workshops, a symposium, a dinner party, live streaming of the event and a documentary.
Sunlight, Soil and Shit (the 3 S’s) are the three elements our technological utopian future farming is trying to live without. “AgTech” (precision-agriculture intelligence) aims to automate and control food production, while non-standardised elements such as sunlight, soil and shit are removed in favour of artificial light, substrates and fertilizers.
In times of ecological crisis, there is a vital need for seriously playful artistic interventions into these fantasies of separating humans from Nature. By using aesthetics to intervene, sense and gain data of the different processes involved in food manufacturing we are allowing the public to consider their own relations with both Nature and human-made technology.
3SDC builds resources to enable the community to accelerate metabolic rifts in agricultural innovation. This project considers whether the precursor to sustainable food systems will be the creation of a metabolic rift – were the means of production will grow ever distant from nature. An ecosystem of technologies that enable and promote transparency, networked experimentation, education, time and climate equity and hyper-local production.
We bring together partners from industry, government, and academia in a research collective that’s creating collaborative tools and communities to explore contestable agricultural systems.
Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsArs Electronica Linz GmbH