Since 2011, our Ars Electronica Blog has also been dedicated to the triangle of art, technology and society. In addition to detailed background information and image-rich features on our activities, the blog also features supplementary interviews with participating artists and experts.
Earth4All: It is not too late
50 years after "The Limits to Growth" Club of Rome with "Earth4All" warns about the consequences of social inequality for our planet: A Survival Guide for Humanity
The court which the future calls for
As part of the Festival University 2022, the International Environmental and Climate Court was created - a place for information, storytelling and discussion.
Diverse, fresh, exciting: Futurelab Day 2022
How the Ars Electronica Futurelab celebrated the Festival with guests and the public - open, multifaceted and always surprising.
Data Telling Story
WebExpression, an audiovisual interpretation of data for Cisco Systems makes abstract dynamics visible, telling a story about hybrid corporate culture.
On four wheels into the future?
BMW, Supersense and Ars Electronica Futurelab focused on the automobile in the midst of the climate and energy crisis.
It’s a Wrap(-Up)! – This was the Ars Electronica Festival 2022
The Ars Electronica Festival 2022 is in the books! Join us as we look back on five days of unique exhibitions, exciting performances, moving lectures and countless events.
The Ars Electronica Festival 2022 in pictures
This is by far only a small excerpt of the many impressions with which the 2022 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz thrilled us in five days.
Directors Talk: Facing crises creatively
How can creativity and art help society face crises in a resilient way? The Ars Electronica Futurelab is looking for answers.
Dataspace: Global Impact of Russia's War on Ukraine
What does this war mean for each of us? A visualization of facts and figures explains the consequences of an invasion.
Life Ink: On the trail of creativity
Opening at the Ars Electronica Festival 2022: The brand-new Life Ink exhibition aims to explore the secrets of creativity.
Prix Day: An Artistic Finale
On the last day of the festival, the focus will be on art. But as always, there will also be a variety of exciting projects on contemporary topics such as climate change, robotics or crisis management waiting for you.
Gigapixel images from the Vatican: when beauty leads to faith
Experience spectacular gigapixel images from the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican Museums in Rome up close in the Deep Space 8K.
Night Performances: Experience the night anew
The Ars Electronica Futurelab invites all festival visitors: Innovative projects, unique performances and entirely new experiences are waiting for you.
Plan B Day: Creating Future Together
The Saturday of the festival awaits you with numerous inspirations for jointly taking steps towards a future in which we meet inevitable challenges as a global community.
Forgotten feelings and false memories
In the residency program "STEAM Imaging IV", Turkish artist Zeynep Abes is tracing the secrets of memory.
Controlled / Uncontrolled: when dancing to chaos
Can you dance uncontrollably to electronic music? And can you follow the rhythm after a while to bring yourself back under control? un ctrl knows!
What you shouldn't miss at the Ars Electronica Festival 2022
We have an overview and insight into what you can expect on the respective days of the Ars Electronica Festival 2022!
STARTS Day: Artistic Innovation and Musical Visions
What are the highlights of the Friday of the Ars Electronica Festival? We'll give you some interesting insights into the packed program.
The queen of the skies
With "Songs for Amelia Earhart," Laurie Anderson and Dennis Russell Davies, together with the Brno Filharmonic Orchestra and cellist Rubin Kodheli, pay tribute to the pioneer of the skies and tell of her last flight around the world.
Futurelab Day: Creative Resilience for Planet B
With workshops, discussions, guided tours and spectacular experiences, we want to shape the future together on September 8!
Opening Day: Highlights and Insights
The first day of the Ars Electronica Festival awaits you with exciting performances and lots of art, technology and new inspirations.
"We've got to do something!"
Ars Electronica has set itself the goal of taking its social responsibility seriously. One expression of this is the create your world program.
TAICCA: Futuritive Art and Social Activism
In cooperation with Ars Electronica, TAICCA supports Taiwanese artists that take a look into the future of art, society and technology with their work.
Art from Asia: The 4th VH Award
International art and diversity are one of the many key aspects of the Ars Electronica Festival. A project that showcases these components in Linz is the 4th edition of the VH Award.
Expedition into the realm of ideas
From climate change to microbiology and artificial intelligence: the most experimental ideas from the Ars Electronica Futurelab will once again be presented at this year's festival.
A Network of Collaboration: The Ars Electronica Gardens
This year, Ars Electronica Garden Partners will not only be on display online, but will be invited to actively contribute their perspectives and projects to the Festival's core program, which will take place in Linz.
Campus Exhibitions: Young Creation and International Perspectives
In collaboration with international academic institutions, the Campus exhibitions of the University of Art and Design Linz will once again become a platform for media art and experimental approaches.
Treetop Talks: (Eye) Level Reinterpreted
Finding common ground through a new perspective? During the Ars Electronica Festival, a meeting zone of a different sort is created in the form of the treetop talks.
Creating Awareness for a more Sustainable Festival
From energy, water and sanitation to the technical equipment and venue: for the next part of our Sustainability Series, we take a look at what it takes to host a festival as sustainably as possible.
A parallel (r)evolution — Digital Art in Latin America
Contemporary Latin-American Art combined with technology: The CIFO-Ars Electronica Awards offer a new perspective on media art and tackling global challenges.
Roel Heremans: The NeuroRight Arcades
Ars Electronica Festival 2022: In a world where neuro-wearables and brain-computer interfaces will soon be ubiquitous, we should also talk about "NeuroRights."
Festival University 2022: Future Takes Place in Linz
With literally red-hot topics, young visions and a public simulative trial, Festival University wants to take a step towards the future again this year.
Von Schwarzen Schwänen ...
... or pink doves? The Ars Electronica Festival's Kunstunicampus attempts to think the seemingly impossible, to vision the unthinkable. Above all, the aim is to enable images and metaphors that carry a creative power within them and inspire us to create our own picture of our world.
Laurie Anderson: Creating, Evolving, Experiencing
What characterizes a "Pioneer of Media Art"? Laurie Anderson connects art with technology and opens new musical paths with her inventions.
Leonardo's Mona Lisa in 8K
It is our great pleasure to announce that once again this year, one of the world's most famous works of art will embellish our Deep Space 8K screen during the Ars Electronica Festival: the Mona Lisa!
The Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2022
The Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2022 once again features a wide selection of works ranging from animated shorts to interactive animated audio-visual environments.
How we do research in Deep Space 8K (2)
Diving into alien worlds, experiencing art and medicine in a completely new way: Research in Deep Space 8K opens up unique opportunities.
Cyber Arts 2022: The best media artworks of the year
This year, for the first time, the Cyber Arts exhibition brings together the year's best Prix Ars Electronica award-winning art projects in the KEPLER'S GARDENS on the campus of Johannes Kepler University Linz.
How we do research in Deep Space 8K (1)
Whether individually or in large groups, with robots or in virtual worlds: The Deep Space 8K makes unique research possible.
Digital transformation – for whom?
Who benefits from digital transformation and who should own it? – Questions the Art Thinking Forum Tokyo was asking.
Tools to Confront Unbalanced Realities
What rights do you have in the location of your residence? In his work, artist Irakli Sabekia deals with the spatial and social memory of people who have been forcefully displaced.
HOW (D)ARE YOU? - The create your world-Festival 2022
The create your world festival 2022 brings a colorful mix of projects and invites to research, experiment and discuss together.
The cycles of Ars Electronica
How sustainably will you be able to eat at this year's Ars Electronica Festival, and what happens to all the waste that's created in the process? Martin Honzik CCO and Head of Festival/Prix/Exhibitions gives us an insight.
Throwback: ORIGIN - Investigating the Big Bang
The exhibition took a closer look at the European particle physics laboratory CERN, covering its history, daily activities and the ambitious goals of the global research project.
STUDIO(dys)TOPIA – At the Peak of Humankind
“STUDIO(dys)TOPIA” explores how humankind can transform sustainable practices into action and serves as a metaphor for our present, in which the concepts of dystopias and utopias find themselves in a changed reality.
When Herbert W. Franke brought art and science together
With his multiple roles as scientist, author of science fiction novels and specialist for computer graphics, he gave a momentous impulse for many other media art festivals as co-founder of the first Ars Electronica in 1979. Herbert W. Franke passed away at the age of 95 on July 16, 2022.
Latin American Media Art: Talent in Abundance
Latin American art meets media art: A new collaboration between CIFO and Ars Electronica aims to support the Latin American art scene and to bring a number of outstanding artists and projects closer to the international audience.
How to "resist like bacteria"
Find out what we can learn from bacteria and why the future lies in collaborative resistance through the artists behind the project "Bi0film.net - Resist like Bacteria".
Mission AI – Experience. Understand. Co-create.
Hardly any other technology currently leaves us as perplexed as artificial intelligence. The exhibition "Mission AI" at the Deutsches Museum Bonn now also conveys a deep understanding.
Man-Machine Music: A Classic of the Future?
Forward-looking prelude to Ingolstadt Science Congress with AI compositions of the Ars Electronica Futurelab co-performed by the Georgian Chamber Orchestra.
Throwback: The VRLab
At the Ars Electronica Center's VRLab, it was possible to immerse yourself in virtual worlds and superimpose data on our reality.
Sustainable to the Ars Electronica - is that possible?
How can a festival that attracts thousands of people to Linz every year be sustainable? Christl Baur, Head of Ars Electronica Festival, confronts the many questions of mobility.
The black blanket: Art and Depression
With the project "The Black Blanket", Linz based artist Mary Mayrhofer artistically processes her depression and received the Golden Nica in the category "u19 - create your world" for it.
State of the ART(ist): “Art is neither warlike nor peaceful”
We are convinced that we need art as a space where contradictions can be possible. But how do you deal with these contradictions in times of war? What influence does this have on curation and how does one implement the theme of political persecution in an Open Call?
Klasse! Lernen. 2022: These are the best projects
The Austria-wide education award "Klasse! Lernen" honors pupils and teachers who integrate digital tools creatively and sustainably into the classroom. We took a closer look at the main prize and the two Awards of Distinction.
Who wants to live forever? AI and our digital (after)lives
Throughout time and across cultures, humans have been conditioned to view death as an endpoint in the experience of life. In an increasingly globalized and digitalized world, have our traditions and behaviours towards death changed? What happens when data outlives the person?
Throwback: Le Sacre du Printemps
In 2006, the Ars Electronica Futurelab collaborated with media artist Klaus Obermaier on a unique production of Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps.
The slightly different café
This year, the Golden Nica in the Digital Communities category goes to Ory Yoshifuji, Co-founder CEO, Ory Laboratory Inc. for his project Avatar Robot Cafe DAWN ver.β.
Is this a man's world? Acknowledging gender bias in AI
Artificial Intelligence is fast becoming a major driving force of the rapidly accelerating digital transformation. Therefore, we have the responsibility to confront and question the gender biases inherent in AI models and seek ways to mitigate them.
"What happens in Antarctica does not stay in Antarctica"
What does the melting of Antarctica have to do with the future of planet Earth? A lot - and that's exactly why Giulia Foscari and UNLESS, in the work "Antarctic Resolution", awarded the STARTS Prize 2022, have called for saving Antarctica and say: "Speak up for Antarctica now!"
Holly+: Come and sing like Holly Herndon!
"It takes a village to create something special" and Holly Herndon and her team have succeeded in doing just that. In the interview, she presents her machine learning project in more detail, for which she has now received the European Commission's STARTS Prize 2022.
Throwback: Ready to pull the lifeline?
From September 2 to 11, 2010, the Ars Electronica Festival "REPAIR - Ready to pull the lifeline" took place on the grounds of the former tobacco factory in Linz
Interactive and time-based: Deep Space as a platform for young artists
The bachelor's program "Time-based and Interactive Media Arts" at the Linz University of the Arts lets young artists develop their own interactive program for Deep Space 8K.
Center Story: April 2022
With our new "Center Stories" format, we're telling you what's going on behind the scenes at the Ars Electronica Center. In the first story, we want to introduce you to our plant offspring and recall a past exhibition.
Futurelab – Prototype of a think-and-do tank
Cuba visits Linz: A delegation from the Cuban Computer Science Union finds inspiration in the Ars Electronica Futurelab's unique concept.
I see you: (in)visibility and equality in a new digital world
As Ars Electronica is a platform for those who see the future as the responsibility of our time and face it with social activation and empowerment, the last festival hosted projects which focused on making different realities and identities visible.
It's about trying out things
In this interview, Gerfried Stocker explains why it takes more than virtual meetings to get people talking and how the Ars Electronica Festival is trying to become sustainable and resource-conserving.
The SoundLab at the Ars Electronica Center offered professional equipment for capturing and producing noise, sound and music.
Deep Space EVOLUTION: Virtual Anatomy
A fascinating journey through the human body turns anatomy data into an immersive 3D experience in Ars Electronica Center.
Where Stories Come to Life: Storytelling in Deep Space 8K
Once in a lifetime, travel through space and see the earth from above. Seeing the human body from the inside for once and being present during a heart operation. Or once having the opportunity to look at Klimt's "The Kiss" as close as if you were part of the painting.
Change is needed when there is no way out
From the hopelessness of the climate crisis to the thinking space of art - in this conversation with Gerfried Stocker, we take a closer look at the theme of the 2022 Ars Electronica Festival.
Deep Space EVOLUTION: Uniview 3.0
Explore the space with the new version of "Uniview", the amazing virtual planetarium program of Ars Electronica Center's Deep Space 8K.
"Welcome to the Sound of Planet B"
What is Julie Andrews doing in the Aral Sea with VR goggles? Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica, explains the thoughts behind the festival subject "Welcome to Planet B" and tells us how the image was created.
Deep Space EVOLUTION: Virtual Anatomy
With "Virtual Anatomy" in Deep Space EVOLUTION you can now experience the fascination of the human body even more impressively!
Throwback: Creative Robotics
The exhibition "Creative Robotics" traced how industrial robots, outside their original use, became a medium of artistic and creative expression and a catalyst for the implementation of innovative ideas.
Deep Space EVOLUTION: Sounding Letters
With a virtual piano concert in 3D, the new program in Deep Space 8K shows how humans and AI make music together.
Learning at school - Digital and together
Digitalisation is changing the way we learn together at school. The jury of the education award "Klasse! Lernen" looked at ideas and proposals for using these digital tools.
Throwback: The World in 100 Years
The exhibition "The World in 100 Years" paid tribute to great thinkers and activists who were ahead of their time and worked for a vision of the future.
Deep Space EVOLUTION: Transient
Impermanent Paintings in Deep Space 8K: Immerse yourself in audiovisual paintings created in collaboration with generative algorithms.
The STARTS-Prize Jury in Linz
The international jury met for a weekend at the Ars Electronica Center to decide on the two winning projects for the STARTS Prize 2022.
The Prix-Jury-Weekend 2022
Once again, 20 experts from around the world met in Linz to agree on the Golden Nicas of the Prix Ars Electronica 2022
The Woman on the Picture
Gustav Klimt and Rebecca Merlic placed the image of the woman at the centre of their artistic work - an analysis.
The Sky above Atacama: Chilean Artists at the Ars Electronica Festival 2022
The interaction between the Atacama sky and clouds with the local audience in Linz: these Chilean artists will represent their home country at the Ars Electronica Festival 2022.
Throwback: The Vienna Giant Ferris
In 2017, Ars Electronica Solutions was engaged by ARTDELUXE Kunst- und Kulturmanagement to stage the new foyer at Vienna's Giant Ferris Wheel.
Cultural Heritage: Broadening the Horizon Virtually
Works of art, buildings, paintings - all these are pieces of the Europa puzzle that can be put together collectively in one place in the Ars Electronica Center's Deep Space 8K.
Swarm robotics up close
Drones merging to a digital canvas or painting with light: An Ars Electronica Futurelab workshop showcased the art of swarm robotics.
And the CanSat 2022 winner is...
On Thursday, 21.4.2022, the airport of Suben in the district of Schärding was transformed into a mission control center for a number of space-loving young people.
Merlic meets Klimt - the image of women then and now
On April 28, 2022, Gustav Klimt's images of women will be in the spotlight. In this article, Franz Smola and Rebecca Merlic give you an insight into the topic of images of women.
CanSat 2022: Once in the Sky and back
Launching their own mini-satellite 500 metres towards space with a rocket and collecting scientific data - this was the fifth time that students in the CanSat competition had the opportunity to do so.
Throwback: Spaceship Earth
The exhibition "Spaceship Earth" dealt with the question of what we can learn about our planet by observing it.
Deep Space EVOLUTION: Welcome to Planet B
What lifestyle changes are you willing to make to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions? Challenge your choices!
Throwback: From Austria to the World
"From Austria to the World" - under this motto, the Austrian Star Alliance Terminal Check-in 3 at Vienna Airport featured five unique gigapixel images of New York City in 2013.
Innocence was a 2013 work by the Ars Electronica Futurelab dedicated to Linz's childhood memories of the Passage shopping center.
Crushed fruit and jumping dogs: TIME OUT .10
Two years late, TIME OUT is entering its next round. Students from the Linz Art University's "Time-Based and Interactive Media Arts" program are showing selected works at the Ars Electronica Center.
Throwback: The birth of the Deep Space
Deep Space EVOLUTION marks the start of Ars Electronica's next chapter when it comes to immersive visual worlds. But how did the story of the giant projection room in the Ars Electronica Center begin?
The Deep Space EVOLUTION has started
On March 30, 2022, Deep Space EVOLUTION celebrated its premiere at the Ars Electronica Center. We have a few impressions for you.
That's what the new Deep Space EVOLUTION program looks like
New laser projectors, the most powerful graphics cards, a 3D tracking system and a whole range of new interactive programs and spectacular applications. This is Deep Space EVOLUTION.
Deep Space EVOLUTION: From the Cave into the Deep Space
With the CAVE, the Ars Electronica Futurelab laid the foundation for this experiential environment in the 1990s. "Deep Space EVOLUTION" is Ars Electronica's next chapter when it comes to immersive visual worlds.
Throwback: The Teleklettergarten
An oversized computer keyboard as a climbing wall on the facade of the Linz Art University. That was the teleclimbing garden.
Throwback: Liquid Cities
During the Ars Electronica Festival in 1996, the indoor pool of the Parkbad Linz transformed into a fluid interactive 3D space.
Throwback: Mirages & miracles
The exhibition Mirages & miracles at the Ars Electronica Center staged augmented reality in a virtuoso and imaginative way.
How to dive into hybrid reality
“Action!” The Ars Electronica Futurelab’s team shares its insights on the new video production system Deep Virtual.
MIT-Medialab's inFORM application addressed the question of how to get the digital back into the physical world.
Circular Records for Circular Futures
Can records be made from biomaterials? Artists Kat Austen and Fara Peluso think so and will work on developing a low-carbon alternative to vinyl during their S+T+ARTS Residency.
Virtual Reality beyond Deep Space 8K
Camera rolling! Ars Electronica Futurelab's Deep Virtual video production system merges physical and virtual reality to live-stream VR from Deep Space 8K.
GeoPulse opened up an interactive experience space for visitors of the Ars Electronica Center that compiled multi-layered data about our world and made it possible to experience it in a playful way.
Throwback: Das Rheingold
In 2004, the Ars Electronica Futurelab designed an interactive computer-controlled visualization for the opera "Das Rheingold" by Richard Wagner.
Origami, robotics and a new world of music
How do origami and robotics create music? The Ars Electronica Futurelab's new video presents the world of oribotic instruments.
Throwback: UFOs over Linz
In a glass pyramid, 30 meters above the Danube, Isao Tomita enchanted the visitors of the Klangwolke 1984.
New technologies as part of law studies
Law students rarely deal with new technologies - that's what the Future Thinking School and the JKU want to change.
Matsudo – A city of inspiration
Matsudo International Science Art Festival 2021: How a Japanese city and its creative community cultivate the future.
Throwback: The pioneer of the synthesizer
Robert Moog is considered a pioneer of the synthesizer. In the 80s, the American inventor honored us twice in Linz.
Deep Space Concert: Philip Glass 85
On the occasion of the 85th birthday of Philip Glass, one of the most important composers of our time, pianists Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa dedicated an extraordinary concert to his music.
An Evening for Philip Glass
This is rather extraordinary, when two pianists congratulate a composer on his 85th birthday with his own music.
Happy Birthday, Philip Glass!
Philip Glass, the most famous representative of minimal music and longtime companion of Ars Electronica, celebrates his 85th birthday - we congratulate him!
Spaxels are autonomous drones that can be moved freely in space to form dynamic, three-dimensional figures in the night sky.
Throwback: City Puzzle
City Puzzle by the Ars Electronica Futurelab was an interactive simulation environment that let you create virtual urban landscapes.
Into the new year with our future experts
To kick off the new year, the Ars Electronica Futurelab is giving very special futurologists a chance to have their say.
We award your digitalization projects!
Teachers and students can now submit for the "Klasse! Lernen." education award. Project manager Veronika Krenn explains how it works.
In 1990 the time was ripe to take the next evolutionary step in the development of Prix Ars Electronica by adding a new category for "Interactive Art".
Prix Ars Electronica 2022: Here we go again!
The Prix Ars Electronica kicks off the New Year! For the 35th time in a row, the world's most traditional media art competition is entering the next round.