Art Meets, a South African-born app, received an award for Social Impact Projects in Culture and Technology at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.

The CultTech Association stated that the South African software that connects visual arts ecosystems received the award, which will be presented during the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.

“We received 278 applications from 53 countries. Then, the international jury, consisting of Lucrecia Vanni (AR/IT), Dmitry Aksenov (RU) and Gerfried Stocker (AT) evaluated the submissions and assigned the Award to a project from South Africa. The name of this project is Art Meets, CultTech x Ars Electronica.

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What Art Meets is all about?

The Art Meets app is a platform for connecting African artists, curators, cultural organizations, and art enthusiasts. Geodata, conversations, and event information form a social network that connects the continent’s cultural scene across towns and countries. Since 2013, the Art Meets collective has been advancing the basic concept of a digital infrastructure for cultural players in South Africa and around the world. More than 50 designers and arts and cultural specialists from South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, and Ghana worked remotely to create the online application.

More info on the award

The award is a collaborative project between the CultTech Association and Ars Electronica. This prestigious prize seeks projects and concepts that demonstrate responsible technology use and actively contribute to the accessibility and influence of culture while encouraging meaningful participation among creators, distributors, and audiences.

Ars Electronica Festival

The Ars Electronica Festival is one of Europe’s largest events of art, technology, and culture. From September 6 to 10, 2023, artists, scientists, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and activists from all across the world will exhibit their work in Linz.