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Dear participants of the 6th. Niels Bugge Cartoon Award

We are happy to inform you that The Niels Bugge Cartoon award is going to be held this year, and will continue as an international cartoonist competition with all the central elements of the event intact, and most of the boardmembers and the international jury are going to continue their work on the event. But the event management is from here on being handled by the cultural department under the municipality of Viborg.

The jury is in place and have started the voting process, which will be finished on the 24th. of September. The winners will be notified shortly hereafter. The prizes for this year´s contest are (unchanged):

1st Prize : 3.000 €, Gold plate and diploma
2nd Prize : 2.000 €, Silver plate and diploma
3rd Prize : 1.000 €, Bronze plate and diploma

The selected participants give the organizers permission to use their drawings only for promoting the artist and the event itself. Every other aspect of the copyright remains with the artist (except for the awarded submissions). It ensures that the awarded works can no longer be submitted in other contests or published by their authors or third parties after the official publication of the results. The drawings that were awarded one of the prizes will become property of the organizer.

The three winners will also be granted a trip to Viborg for the ceremony with all expenses paid. The ceremony is to take place on Friday the 12.th. of October, and the winners will be invited for at stay from Wednesday the 10.th. of October to Saturday the 13th. of October along with the members of the grand jury. The organizers will contact the winners and make the travel arrangements.

Kind regards from Lars Refn, Head of the jury, and Anne-Marie Fledelius, event-organizer.




ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence is coming. I don't mean computers playing chess or go against human beings and winning. No, I mean machines, manufactured by humankind, thinking, inventing, creating and perhaps, in the future, feeling and suffering.

Science fiction literature and movies from the 20th and 21st centuries have developed the concept of robots, clones, androids at the service of humans. Robots, clones and androids that suddenly start thinking, and even thinking for themselves, and then, possibly, rebel and fight against us - their creators, their masters, their gods.
The US writer Philip K. Dick, author of the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner on the screens, as well as Total Recall and The Adjustment Bureau), was one of the most amazing visionaries concerning artificial intelligence.
Steven Spielberg, with his movie A. I. Artificial Intelligence (following an idea of Stanley Kubrik), also went quite far away on the very deep philosophical question of the android, a perfect charming child, who wishes to become human.

But, for the moment, this is not our present. Our present is for instance the industrial robotics which is already invading our factories, and the housework robots which will soon occupy our homes and doing all our domestic chores. That means less jobs for working people outside and less work for us inside. So, surely more free time for all of us inside but perhaps also less freedom and social autonomy outside.

And then, one thing led to another, shall we have robotic soldiers to make war someday and android sex toys to make love... instead of us.

In short, dear cartoonists from all over the world, with our 2018 theme Artificial Intelligence, all the possibilities are opened for you to express, thanks to your natural intelligence, your most terrific and free artistic creativity about this very important subject concerning our present and future as living social species on Earth.

Carlos Brito
For the jury of the 6th Niels Bugges Cartoon Award 2018