AppArtAward 2017

Here is the best of clip of the AppArtAward 2017!

You can test these apps in the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, in our exhibition AppArtAward 2017 – Highlights.

Polluted Selfie

AppARTivism: Polluted Selfie

Artists: David Colombini

Year: 2017

Development platform: Web-Application for Android

Sponsored by: CAS Software AG


Polluted Selfie Selfie is a web application connected to a sculptural stand that holds your phone and contains a sensor that allows you to take a “polluted selfie.” A filter alters the appearance of the image depending on the surrounding level of pollution recorded in real time by the sensor. Instead of letting you show your best angle, the Polluted Selfie lets the levels of three main air pollutants (PM, CO2, and CO) each affect a different parameter of the image.


GameArt: Glitchskier

Artist: Shelly Alon

Year: 2017

Development platform: iOS and Android

Sponsored by: MFG Innovationsagentur Medien- und Kreativwirtschaft


Glitchskier is a classic and challenging “shoot-em-up” game with a surprising aesthetic. It combines smart programming with the look of illegally downloaded software in last fin-de-siècle style. The user interface looks like a virtual retro-desktop, on which the players open “files” via the long-lost double click to start the game or change is visual appearance.

Mazetools Soniface

SoundArt: Mazetools Soniface

Artist: Stephan Kloß und Jakob Gruhl

Year: 2017

Development platform: iOS ans Android

Sponsored by: bigFM


Mazetools Soniface is a visual synthesizer and groove sequencer application – a software that allows you to create various styles of electronic music on mobile devices. Its immersive music space is based on common aspects of notation and production, including the circle of fifths, Alexander Scriabin’s color-organ, and polyrhythmic percussion, as well as conventions from digital music production and mobile app usage. The framework of action is a grid that works audiovisually, with each line representing a single note.

Visual Beat

SoundArt: Visual Beat

Artist: Max Mörtl und Bastian Clausdorff

Year: 2015

Development platform: iOS

Sponsored by: ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien


Interactive music video Visual Beat blurs the distinctions between the ostensibly passive audience and proactively creative directors and musicians. App users become a part of the artistic process, contributing to the musical arrangements and visual design of a variety of music videos. New combinations of sounds and films can be created from a versatile and multi-faceted repertoire of instruments and vocals.


The Award Show took place at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media on July 7th.

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