These Are the Most Artistic Apps in the World

We just hit you guys with “The Best Apps for Lazy-Ass People,” and now we got a little somethin’ somethin’ for the more artistically inclined.

Germany’s ZKM, the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, is currently hosting an exhibition for what are being touted as the “world’s most artistic apps.” This isn’t just some boastful claim, however, as the exhibition is a presentation of the winners of this year’s “App Art Awards.”

What are these “App Art Awards,” you ask? They’re a batch of awards serving as recognition for achievements in the fields of Artistic Innovation, Crowd Art, Art and Science, and Sound Art, in addition to the creation of smartphone and tablet applications. If the Karlsruhe, Germany locale of the ceremony wasn’t lavish enough, winners also scoop up some duckets– €10,000 to be exact.

Here are some examples of some “App Art” Winners, courtesy of the folks at The Art Newspaper,

The prize for Artistic Innovation went to Last Clock from the international developers New Mediology. Designed for iPads, this striking, beautiful app uses the tablet’s camera to create three concentric time circles, sampled from live video set to coincide with seconds, minutes and hours. Depending on where the pad is placed, each twelve-hour sweep might create a timeline, say, of the changes in weather from a window, while the second hand sweep would capture slices of what happens in front of the window every 60 seconds.

The German studio BTF took the award for Crowd Art for Lasact, an interactive smartphone app that allows multiple users to control the movements of an RGB laser projected onto to the side of a building or into the sky.

The prize for Sound Art went to the Belgian designers Superbe for Geometric Music. Users using smartphones or tablets running Apple or Android software can sample sounds that are then controlled using on-screen circles, triangles, squares and hexagons. Volume and pitch are controlled by the size and position on screen of the shapes, while the repetition is controlled by the number (or lack) of corners.

The Science and Art award went to the South African developer Ernst Uys for Sablo, his graphic interpretation of a model from theoretical physics that predicts the actions of individual grains of sand in a pile as more grains are added.

While the exhibition at the ZKM Media Museum ends tomorrow August 18, the exhibition will reopen at the ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art beginning September 12. In past years the exhibition has also toured internationally, but a tour for the current exhibition has yet to be announced.

Make sure you hit the video player up top to check out a video of some of the most artistic apps in the world.

[h/t TAN]

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