Improving the world with creativity– the winners of the NICE Award 2015

Garrelt Duin, Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, presented the NICE Award in Essen to five international projects in the course of the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr. 213 applicants from 29 countries had submitted projects to that year’s topic "Solving the World’s Major Challenges – A Call for Innovations".

 

The project "THE MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER" from Brazil received the first prize (8000 euros). Using digital technology the installation makes it possible to immerse oneself in the body and thoughts of another person and to view oneself in the body of the other person.

The winners with Garrelt Duin, NRW-Minister of Economic Affairs
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NICE Award 2015

The winners with Garrelt Duin, NRW-Minister of Economic Affairs

Prof Dieter Gorny with The Machine to be Another, first place
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Prof Dieter Gorny with The Machine to be Another, first place

Jury Chairman Charles Landry: "The project is impressive due to its unique combination of art and science and employs technology beyond known limits."

Further prizes went to "PlanEt" from Great Britain and the Netherlands (5000 euros), which evaluates data of plants in cities and is thus a component of future "Smart Cities". "WikiHouse" from Great Britain (3000 euros) revolutionises house building and enables citizens to co-design the city. Two further prizes went to "HOME BACK HOME" from Spain and "Creative Technologies in the Classroom", from Sweden (2000 euros each).

The NICE Award is about visibility. The potential and performance power of creative persons is all too often overlooked. The prize and its presentation within the very special setting of the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr make sure that a spotlight is switched on which illuminates the innovative strength of the sector.

 

Garrelt Duin, Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

The NICE Award distinguishes the Ruhr area as a location for cultural innovation – entirely in the tradition of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010.

 

Prof Dieter Gorny, Managing Director of the european centre for creative economy (ecce)

Shortlist 2015

The 1D touch project is a fair-trade streaming platform supporting independent creators and artists from around the world by offering an alternative for mainstream business models which mainly benefit the most renowned artists.
© Pierre Grasset
The 1D touch project is a fair-trade streaming platform supporting independent creators and artists from around the world by offering an alternative for mainstream business models which mainly benefit the most renowned artists.
NICE Award Shortlist 2015
Climate for Culture has taken an innovative approach to assess the risks climate change poses to historical artefacts through the combination of high-resolution regional climate modelling together with building simulation tools.
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Climate for Culture has taken an innovative approach to assess the risks climate change poses to historical artefacts through the combination of high-resolution regional climate modelling together with building simulation tools.
NICE Award Shortlist 2015
Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) is a collaborative learning curriculum designed for schools wishing to incorporate emerging technologies into their existing classes by introducing basic concepts in programming, electronics and mechanics.
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Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) is a collaborative learning curriculum designed for schools wishing to incorporate emerging technologies into their existing classes by introducing basic concepts in programming, electronics and mechanics.
NICE Award Shortlist 2015

CALL 2015

The application process for 2015 is closed, but for informational purposes the call is accessible below.

  • N.I.C.E. Award 2015: Solving the World's Major Challenges – A Call for Innovations

    APPLICATION 2015 HAS BEEN CLOSED!

     

    NICE AWARD: A European Award for Innovations in Culture and Creativity The Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) was initiated in 2013 by a consortium of 15 cities, universities, agencies and personalities from 10 countries under the leadership of the european centre for creative economy (ecce) in Dortmund. It is a non-profit initiative funded by the Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The yearly NICE Award and traveling exhibition, funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of North Rhine-Westphalia and the cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and Gelsenkirchen, aims to promote innovations from the cultural creative sectors especially those that spill over into the wider economy and society. The winners are decided by an independent jury consisting of Charles Landry (Comedia, UK), Arantxa Mendiharat (Conexiones improbables, Spain), Prof. Kurt Mehnert (Folkwang University of the Arts, Germany), Barbara Abel (AbelundAbel, Austria) and Jarmo Eskelinen (Forum Virium Helsinki, Finland). For more information about the 2014 award click here

     

    The NICE Award 2015 theme: Solving the World's Major Challenges - A Call for Innovations

    The 2015 award challenges the cultural and creative sectors to propose surprising and experimental innovations that are solutions to difficult global problems with special, but not exclusive, attention given to digital innovations. The following examples give an idea of the breadth of the call and it is not limited to these examples:

    - Cities are both growing exceptionally and also shrinking. Many are in danger of becoming dysfunctional and less liveable and sustainable. Which innovations coming from within the culture and creativity domain can help stop or turn around these trends? What is the role of digital innovations, such as creating seamless connectivity, re-designing mobility, enhancing information systems, improving way finding, monitoring health. What is the role if any of 3-D printing?

    - Migration – cities are melting pots and migration either by choice or forced by wars and poverty is a growing European phenomenon. It increases cultural and ethnic diversity. This is a double edged sword as it both enriches our lives, but also creates misunderstandings, fears and violence: How can the cultural creative sectors contribute to resolving these challenges and foster mutual understanding? Is there a special potential for digital innovations from ebooks for children in native and foreign languages to new kinds of performance or events in traditional or unusual settings?

    - Work - the digital revolution is radically changing work and the divide between work and play is breaking down as 24/7 schedules become more dominant. What does this mean for cultural consumption? It shifts our sense of self and how and where we consume culture from cinema going to attending concerts to experiencing urban art. In a digitalized world without dedicated spare time what is the new shape of culture? Is it visiting cinemas or using Amazon Prime? Do you visit museums or access it via the google art project? How could or must the cultural creative institutions (re-)act?

    - Can the digital world enrich our experience of culture and if so how? Can it help increase our understanding of diversity of culture or of the potential of a more open society? Can it help make the arts and culture world more inclusive?

    - In what other sectors can the culture and creative sectors have a positive impact? For instance in supporting new models of intergenerational understanding or for the challenges of health and especially for the elderly? The list above is not exhaustive. Other suggestions and proposals from within different fields and topics with effects across sectors are welcomed.

     

     

    Eligible Entries to the NICE Award

    Entries eligible to the NICE Award can be single individuals such as artists; or organisations such as companies and public institutions or agencies, non-profit foundations or initiatives as well as single researchers of research institutions from within the cultural creative sectors. Teams, even those without legal personality, can also apply. The entries can be single projects that have already been realized or implemented policies, as well as other innovative activities, such as planned research or proposed projects. They must be no older than three years. In order to partake, participants should add a short promotional film (max. 2 minutes) to the application giving an insight into their work.

     

    Jury-Meeting, Award Shortlist, Exhibition and Ceremony 2015: Procedure and Timing

    Up to 15 projects will be nominated for the award by July 2015. These will constitute the NICE Award Shortlist 2015 and be presented in the NICE exhibition opening on 22 September 2015 in Essen, Germany. The jury will select a maximum of four winners from the exhibition by interviewing all nominees on 22 September.

    The Awards Ceremony will be held on 23 September and hosted by Garrelt Duin, Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the GOP Varieté in Essen on occasion of the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr.

     

     

    The Prizes

    The Award total is 20.000 Euro. Its distribution amongst the four winners is to be decided by the jury. The special prize 2015 will focus on digital innovations.

    Additional benefits include:

    a.) Projects will be published on www.nice-europe.eu as well as promotion in the social media throughout 2015 / 2016

    b.) Published in an English / German catalogue

    c.) Exhibited in the NICE exhibition in Essen (22 Sep)

    d.) Innovation transfer workshop and pitching session with the companies from the industry in North Rhine-Westphalia on the 22 September in Essen

     

    APPLICATION 2015 HAS BEEN CLOSED!

Jury 2015

Charles Landry © private
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Founder of Comedia
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Prof Kurt Mehnert
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Professor, Folkwang University of the Arts
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Arantxa Mendiharat
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Coordinator, Conexiones improbables
NICE Award Jury 2015
Barbara Abel
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Vice President, creativ wirtschaft austria / Architect and Founder of Abel und Abel
NICE Award Jury 2015
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President, European Network of Living Labs / CEO, Forum Virium Helsinki
NICE Award Jury 2015
The NICE Award since 2014
  • 2016 - Innovation in Migration, Economy and Urban Development

    NICE Award 2016 honours innovation in migration, economy and urban development

    The Minister of Economic Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Garrelt Duin, singled out three projects as models for addressing urgent social issues by honouring them with the NICE Award 2016. The jury under the chairmanship of the prestigious urban researcher Charles Landry reviewed 105 applications from 25 countries and selected twelve projects from France, Georgia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Spain for the shortlist, which were presented at the Philharmonie Essen on 24 August 2016.

     

    Two projects take the top spot this year.

     

    "Makerversity" and "Refugee Open Cities" each received EUR 8,000 prize money. Based in London and Amsterdam, Makerversity is a platform for creative young entrepreneurs within the global maker movement. With the Maker Campus as its distinguishing feature participants benefit not only from the knowledge of others, but also pass on their own experience. The Berlin Refugee Open Cities project improves the quality of life in refugee camps through personal involvement. What makes it special: Refugees become designers of their own lives, using their creative talents to build a liveable community.

     

    Jury Chairman Charles Landry: "Both address vital questions, but they are so different."

     

    The second prize (EUR 4,000) went to the Dortmund based project "Public Residence: the Chance", in which the creative currency "Chances" has transformed citizens of Borsigplatz in Dortmund into innovative shapers of their neighbourhood. What makes it special: The residents themselves organise creative and artistic projects and therefore become beacons of hope for the revitalisation of Borsigplatz.

     

    The jury honoured the London initiative "Julie’s Bicycle" with the "Achievement Award", a non-monetary prize. For ten years now, this initiative has been committed to encouraging cultural and creative industries to contribute more actively to fighting climate change.

     

     

    Click here for all information on the NICE Award 2016

    The winners of the NICE Award 2016 with the jury
  • 2014 - Spillover Effects of Culture and Creativity

    "The Real Life in the Wrong One": Transmedia art project against capitalism wins NICE Award 2014

    From 10 to 12 June, in the Creative.Quarter City Nord.Essen, about 200 cultural and creative artists, as well as representatives from politics, research and the economy from 21 countries met for the third time at the 3rd Forum d’Avignon Ruhr and the exhibition of the European Innovation Award for Culture, the NICE Award. In total, 108 projects from 22 countries applied for the NICE Award 2014.

     

    The international jury headed by Charles Landry nominated 10 projects and invited them to the exhibition at City Messehalle in Essen, which was opened in parallel to the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr. Following one-on-one interviews with the nominees at the exhibition, the jury consisting of Charles Landry, Prof. Kurt Mehnert, Pia Areblad and Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced the following four award winners.

     

    The winner of 5,000 € is the project "RLF Richtiges Leben im Falschen/The Real Life in the Wrong One" of Projektbüro Friedrich von Borries in Berlin, a transmedia art project in cooperation with ARTE, Suhrkamp and UFA.

     

    It is a playful yet serious critique of capitalism. The jury honoured the multi-media campaign as a cultural innovation. Based on an open digital community, RLF systematically dissolves the thin line between reality and fiction. "A unique combination of media and non-media channels transforms RLF into a multi-dimensional weapon of revolution: it's a novel, an actual company, a game, a film that enters the real world in the shape of specific events and interventions," describes Projektbüro Friedrich von Borries the project. To experience and understand his statement, you just have to play it: www.rlf-propaganda.com

     

    The second prize worth 2,000 € each goes to Unperfekthaus in Essen and the Spanish project Conexiones Improbables from Bilbao.

     

    Conexiones Improbables is a Network which brings artists and companies together, the Unperfekthaus affords artists of every kind a place where they can express their creativity freely.

     

    Another prize worth 1,000 € goes to URBANAUTS Street Lofts from Vienna, which was also invited by Creative Business Cup Denmark to attend the Creative Entrepreneur Week in November 2014. The invitation was sponsored by Rasmus Tscherning, Managing director of the Centre for Cultural and Experience Economy in Denmark.

     

    The NICE Award 2014 was presented by NRW Minister for Economic Affairs Garrelt Duin on 12 June at the end of the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr. The NICE Award is funded by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and Gelsenkirchen.

     

    Click here for all information on the NICE Award 2014

    Garrelt Duin (third from the left), Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the winners of the NICE Award 2014.

Über den Award

 

Der NICE Award fördert Innovation durch Kultur und Kreativwirtschaft und will sie in die breitere Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft einbringen, um die großen Herausforderungen unserer Zukunft in der Gegenwart anzugehen. Um dies umzusetzen, schafft der NICE Award Sichtbarkeit und Wissenstransfer für bisher übersehene Innovationen in ganz Europa, stößt Debatten und Impulse gleichsam in Gewerbe, Kultur und Politik an und motiviert Kultur- und Kreativschaffende dazu, innovativ und experimentell zu arbeiten.

Der erste NICE Award diente als NICE-Auftakt während des zweiten Forum d’Avignon Ruhr in Essen. Die Veranstaltung fand zwischen den KonferenzteilnehmerInnen statt, und die Aufgabe der Ermittlung eines Gewinners oder einer Gewinnerin wurde dem Publikum übertragen. Vier Gruppen aus je zehn Menschen aus verschiedenen Projekten, mit verschiedenen Hintergründen, aus verschiedenen Altersgruppen und Ländern wurden gebildet. Die Mitglieder des Teams kannten sich nicht, aber alle hatten Erfahrung in Spillover-Projekten. Jedem Team wurden andere Themen überantwortet, außerdem bekamen sie die Aufgabe, in fünf Stunden einen groben Entwurf eines Spillover-Projektes im Zusammenhang mit Stadtentwicklung, Wirtschaft/ Neuer Arbeitswelt, Energie/ Klima oder interkulturellen Beziehungen zu entwickeln. Am Ende präsentierten die Gruppen ihre Projekte in einer kleinen Darbietung. Gewinner war das Projekt „Shaking Hans“.

 

Im Jahr 2014, nach einer ersten Zeit des Wachstums für das Netzwerk, gestärkt durch verschiedene Treffen und Workshops, wurde eine neue Ausschreibung für den Award 2014 veröffentlicht.

Die Ausschreibung zielte in einem breiten Rahmen auf Kultur- und Kreativprojekte, die Spillover-Effekte hervorbrachten. Der Preis ging an den innovativsten Spillover-Effekt, der von einem Kultur-, Kreativ- oder Forschungsprojekt respektive von einer politischen Strategie oder Maßnahme ausging. 108 Bewerbungen von KünstlerInnen und kreativen UnternehmerInnen, WissenschaftlerInnen, aus Politik und von Städten aus insgesamt 22 Ländern wurden eingereicht. Die Jury bestand aus Pia Areblad (TILLT, Schweden), Charles Landry (Comedia, GB), Prof. Kurt Mehnert (Folkwang Universität der Künste) und Janjaap Ruijssenaars (Universe Architecture, Niederlande), und sie erstellte eine Bestenliste aus zehn Projekten in der engeren Auswahl.

 

Die Projekte der für den NICE Award Nominierten wurden in der eigens eingerichteten NICE Ausstellung in der City Messehalle in Essen präsentiert.

Am 12. Juni 2015 verkündete Garrelt Duin, nordrhein-westfälischer Minister für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk, das Gewinnerprojekt des Preises beim Forum d’Avignon Ruhr im GOP Varieté. Die Gewinner waren: RLF / Richtiges Leben im Falschen (Berlin), Conexiones Improbables (Bilbao), das Unperfekthaus (Essen) und die Urbanauten (Wien). Der NICE Award 2014 war insgesamt mit 10.000 Euro aus Mitteln des Ministeriums für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen sowie der Städte Bochum, Dortmund, Essen und Gelsenkirchen dotiert.

 

Der NICE Award ist nun ein wesentlicher Teil von NICE und der erste Aspekt in einer Reihe von mehreren Instrumenten und Diensten, mit denen NICE Innovation in der Kultur und Kreativität als Ressourcen für wirtschaftliches Wachstum und politische Entwicklungen fördern möchte.

 

Im Jahr 2015 ist der NICE Award weiter gewachsen: Zum Thema „Rettet die Welt – große Herausforderungen“ wurden 213 Projekte aus 29 Ländern eingereicht.

Am 23. September 2015 verkündete Garrelt Duin, nordrhein-westfälischer Minister für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk, den Preisträger beim Forum d’Avignon Ruhr in Essen. Die Gewinner waren: TheMachineToBeAnother (Barcelona/Sao Paulo), PlanEt (Totterdam), WikiHouse (London), HOME BACK HOME (Madrid) und Creative Technologies in the Classroom (Malmö). Der NICE Award 2015 war mit insgesamt 20.000 Euro aus Mitteln des Ministeriums für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen sowie der Städte Bochum, Dortmund, Essen und Gelsenkirchen dotiert.

 

 

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