Day 4: A European journey

Sunday was all about a European identity in the coming digital developments - open to the future! The Gallery Spaces show new ways of cultural marketing, while the Ars Electronica Center is dedicated to artificial intelligence. In the evening a tribute to the very first Klangwolke took place in the Donaupark.

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The second part of the conference, entitled “European Platform for Digital Humanism”, brought together many renowned speakers and, of course, interested audiences. The Austrian Federal President Alexander van der Bellen, together with Roberto Viola from the European Commission, took a tour of these exhibitions. In addition, the party king from last year, Ei Wada, with his very special way of making music, was also able to contribute to the relaxed atmosphere this year.

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STARTS Prize, Federal President Alexander van der Bellen, Credit: vog.photo

Federal President Alexander van der Bellen also visited the European Platform for Digital Humanism. Here in the area of the STARTS exhibition.
(from left to right: City Councillor Doris Lang Mayerhofer, Rector of the JKU Meinhard Lukas, EU Commissioner Roberto Viola, Federal President Alexander van der Bellen with Doris Schmidauer, Futurelab Director Horst Hörtner, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica Gerfried Stocker)

Federal President Alexander van der Bellen, Credit: vog.photo

The delegation was led through the area and showed great interest.

Federal President Alexander van der Bellen, Credit: vog.photo

They also experienced Create your World and met the activists of Fridays for Future.

Gallery Spaces, Credit: vog.photo

We’ll move on through Saturday. The Gallery Spaces can be experienced in several places like the POSTCITY…

Gallery Spaces, Rêverie Reset, Credit: tom mesic

… St. Mary’s Cathedral …

Gallery Spaces, Earthlink, Credit: Jürgen Grünwald

…and show many exciting projects.

Electronicos Fantasticos, Credit: Jürgen Grünwald

Ei Wada and Stefan Tiefengraber delighted the audience with Electronicos fantasticos. Apart from the event times mentioned in the program, Ei Wada played with great enthusiasm almost always when the stage was free!

Glacier Retreat, Credit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner

“Compass – Navigating the Future” is the title of the all-new Ars Electronica Center.

BioLab Credit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner

There is really an infinite amount to discover: the Labs…

BioLab Credit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner

…the exhibitions, like here “Understanding AI”…

Mirages et Miracles, Credit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner

…or „Mirages et Miracles“…

Deep Space, Credit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner

…of course also the Deep Space 8K, a fascinating visual experience even outside the festival. Here Quantum Logos by Mark Chavez, Ina Conradi, Tate Chavez, Bianka Hofmann and Bob Kastner.

Deep Space, Credit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner

Or Che si può fare by Monica Vlad and Johanna Falkinger.

Innen Außen, Credit: Jürgen Grünwald

The “Episode am Fluss” was a very special reminiscence of the 40th anniversary, as everything began there in 1979: at the Danube. And some artists have long been contributing to the creative output of Ars Electronica – such as Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger, here with the Innen Außen.

Episode am Fluss, Credit: Jürgen Grünwald

Today, the Klangwolke on Saturday is a big event to which 100,000 people travel every year – the Sunday memorial trip was a little quieter after all.