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.
The Year in Review 2019 – Part 2/2
It's July: After we woke up from this opening fever, the festival preparations and last but not least the preparations for our big birthday party continue at full speed. 40 years of Ars Electronica is the title of Part Two of our Year in Review! Have fun on this little journey through history!
The Year in Review 2019 – Part 1/2
Admittedly, it was actually the other way round - we first redesigned the Ars Electronica Center and then celebrated our anniversary. Either way, our year 2019 was quite eventful. Part One of our retrospective therefore deals first and foremost with the first half of 2019 and how we replaced the telescope with which we have looked into the future with a compass designed to help us navigate the digital world. Have fun!
Simon Mück: „Come into my world!"
“Komm in meine Welt”(en: come to my world) is a film by Simon Mück (AT) that was created at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. The young director had previously submitted several times to the Prix Ars Electronica in the category u19 - create your world - which was drawing attention to his talent.
Helping with Artificial Intelligence?
Can Artificial Intelligence help to help refugees? Or is it the next step in evolution with which technology takes our place? These and similar questions were posed by the participants of a workshop on Artificial Intelligence that they won at the ZusammenHelfen conference at the Ars Electronica Festival.
"Our existence may not be limited to machines"
Maja Smrekar's "!brute_force" - also part of the human (un)limited exhibition in Beijing - deals with the relation man-dog-machine. The basic statement of the work is: Even if we need technology, our existence must not be limited to machines.
"It's about what people can do with technology"
The Ars Electronica Futurelab's "ShadowGAN" project is part of the "human (un)limited" exhibition series currently on show in Beijing, Seoul and Moscow until the end of February. The focus is not on technology as such, but on the human being itself, including its weaknesses and strengths and its eternal search for a place in the world.
Adventurous Greenland at Deep Space 8K
Crashing icebergs, flowering valleys, singing whales: Greenland offers much more than “ice and snow”! Hans Thurner proves this impressively with his pictures and stories and draws a multi-layered portrait of the country and its people at Deep Space Special on November 29.
From castles in the air to monsters – what do you see in the clouds?
About a week ago the wolken.raum moved to us at the Ars Electronica Center. The project of the Kindergarten of the Future invites our young visitors to let their imagination run wild and to consider which motifs they recognize in different cloud images.
The Ars Electronica Salon at Matsudo International Science Art Festival
From November 16 to 17, the Ars Electronica Futurelab will be a guest at the International Science Art Festival in Matsudo, Japan with the Ars Electronica Salon, exploring the theme “Future Citizen.” We learned more about it in this interview.
Exploring human limits
Thanks to our creativity and inventiveness, what limits have we overcome and made the supposedly impossible possible? What consequences does this have for us, for our self-image and for the importance we attach to ourselves in the world? What old and new limits do we reach despite all our successes - as individuals and as society(s)? And what limits should we set ourselves in the future, perhaps voluntarily?
A entire tree with branches and leaves, but as small as a potted plant: a bonsai becomes the symbol of "In Vivo", which illuminates the border region between life and death. Behind it are the two artists Ernest Wu and Jake Tan from Singapore, who are working on their interactive installation as part of the artist residence "STEAM Imaging II" by Fraunhofer Institute. The work will be presented next year at the Ars Electronica Festival.
"We always need artists to wake people up"
He is considered one of the most influential contemporary artists in China. On November 2, 2019, Qiu Zhijie of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, together with the Design Society and his curator colleague Martin Honzik of Ars Electronica, will open the new exhibition "40 Years of Humanizing Technology" in Shenzhen.
40 Years of Humanizing Technology: How Technology shapes our Society
Technology as an essential human invention or as a self-runner that will overtake us in the future? The exhibition "40 Years of Humanizing Technology - Art, Technology and Society", organized by the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing (CAFA) and Ars Electronica, deals with the question of the antithesis between man and technology that has been present for 40 years and will open on November 2 in Shenzhen.
Deep Space LIVE: Linz – From an industrial city to a cultural city
Accompany Archive Director Dr. Walter Schuster and Cornelia Daurer from the Archive of the City of Linz on a journey through time in Linz. At Deep Space LIVE on THU October 24, 2019, at 8 PM, they report on how the city has changed from the post-war period to the present day.
Women’s Networks in Arts & Technology
Elena Robles Mateo talks about her research project to portray networks of women in media art since the 1990s, and in her work has referred to the Women in Media Arts database of Ars Electronica, among others.
Co-creation materials on SDGs and digital futures tested at European Researchers Night
Ars Electronica Research Institute knowledge for humanity hub (k4h+) in collaboration with exploration space (at) ACDH (at) the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Social City Vienna and Knowledge City Vienna invited to participate in an experiment at the Vienna edition of the European Researchers Night 2019.
Future in a Nutshell: Smart Textiles
As part of the lecture series "Future in a Nutshell" organized by Ars Electronica for Greiner Technology & Innovation, Michael Haller, Professor at the Interactive Media Department of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and founder and director of the Media Interaction Lab, talks about Imperceptible Textile Interfaces.
Tips for the "Lange Nacht der Museen" (Long Night of the Museums) at Ars Electronica Center
To help you find your way through the "Long Night of the Museums", we have put together some tips for this event at the Ars Electronica Center - no matter if you are little or grown-up, art lover or scientist-to-be.
The ethical Dimension of Artificial Intelligence: A Residency with Foresight
Artificial intelligence is one of the top topics of our time - it is not reserved for an intellectual elite, but reaches up to the regulars' tables. Just as it will influence our living environment, everyone should feel compelled to have a say and participate in decisions. Best in Edinburgh and Linz!
Nicole Grüneis: "We want to be an 'educational partner in crime'"
Accompany Tardi through the microcosm, experiment with robots or compose one's own music: The start of school at the Ars Electronica Center is also the kick-off for new educational programs especially for school classes.
This was the anniversary festival!
40 years of Ars Electronica - of course it was a birthday party, as well as a meeting of pioneers and companions, remembering and looking ahead, gathering and exchanging impressions. The festival "Out of the Box - The Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution" was successful in every respect and set several records.
Day 5: Saying quietly good-bye
Even the most eventful festival comes to an end at some point. One last, wonderful day we were able to enjoy with Music Monday - traditionally this day is all about music. A clear focus after the rich program of the last days. By saying goodbye to the festival, Ars Electronica is also saying goodbye to the festival location POSTCITY.
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.
Day 3: Artificial Intelligence meets Music
Saturday was packed with events, talks, exhibitions, forums, conferences - it was really hard to be everywhere. A colourful hustle and bustle across the festival locations. First and foremost the St. Florian branch - the "AI x Music Festival" took place for the first time in the Monastery. You can find an overview here!
Day 2: Between Innovation and Artificial Intelligence
Friday was all about innovation - in a whole series of discussions, panels, talks and symposia, experts from the worlds of art, science and business met and thought ahead. A brilliant highlight was the Big Concert Night, one last time in the POSTCITY Gleishalle.
Day 1: Let the games begin! Or: The Ars Electronica Festival 2019 is now open.
Finally! "Out of the Box - the Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution" is the all-dominant theme of the coming days - Thursday at 10 a.m. sharp the gates of all Ars Electronica Festival venues opened. A small selection of what there is to experience until next Monday, September 9, is shown here.
Day 0: Pre-Opening - ahead of our time!
Ars Electronica stands for assuming the role of a pioneer, and we are sometimes also ahead of our time when it comes to questions of procedure. After all, the pre-opening began yesterday before it all officially began today. This very first round of the festival comprised four stations and a host of exciting projects and performances...
Quantum Logos - An artistic Approach to Quantum Physics
You understand nothing when it comes to quantum physics? Don't worry, you're not alone! The Quantum Travelers are using artistic means to get to the bottom of this difficult matter with their Deep Space project "Quantum Logos" at the Ars Electronica Festival.
Beyond the Frame: The future of broadcasting?
With "Beyond the Frame: Future Project", the Ars Electronica Futurelab and NHK are exploring a future for broadcasting that goes beyond the traditional framework - in the truest sense of the word. In this interview, we found out what we can see of it at the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival (September 5-9) and which possibilities the research is pointing to.
AI, Music and the Change of the Audience
Hugues Vinet, head of research activities at IRCAM, told us in an interview how the world's largest research centre dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research works, why AI has social relevance and what role he and his team will play at the festival.
SwarmOS: Using swarm technology as a visual medium
Groundbots, swarm intelligence and technological swarms as a visual medium: At the “SwarmOS Research Demo” at the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival (Sept. 5 – 9), the Ars Electronica Futurelab is presenting insights into the in-house developed software SwarmOS – as well as hands-on application examples.
The best festival tips for: Linzers and Companions
More than 540 events with more than 1400 artists at 16 locations in and around Linz will be taking place at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. To make it a little easier for you to choose, we have summarized the best festival tips for Linzers and Companions.
Trans*Plant: May the Chlorophyll be with/in you
In the course of history, especially in Western culture, human has moved further and further away from nature. In language, too, there is a demarcation to the environment, although human as a living being is actually part of it. With their project "Trans*Plant", the artist group Quimera Rosa wants to draw attention to this strange separation of human and nature.
The best festival tips for: Families
More than 540 events with more than 1400 artists at 16 locations in and around Linz will be taking place at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. To make it a little easier for you to choose, we have summarized the best festival tips for families.
Creating the Future: 40 Years of Ars Electronica as a Book
In "Creating the Future" Andreas J. Hirsch tells the story of 40 years of Ars Electronica, invites key figures to speak and outlines the significance of the institution since it was founded in 1979.
Innovation through interdisciplinarity
How can new paths be taken? Where does the impetus to rethink things come from? How can the mind be guided not to think in the usual way? Who are those who come up with such great things that can actually be used in real life? Well... we might have some answers.
WKOÖ UBIT at the Ars Electronica: "We get the knowledge edge here"
In the midst of the festival hustle and bustle, management consultants, accountants and IT service providers will meet for the annual specialist group conference at POSTCITY. Chairman Markus Roth visited us a few days before the festival and told us why the WKOÖ UBIT is taking over the patronage of the WE GUIDE YOU tours again this year.
Jungle: Like scrolling through an instagram feed
It's supposed to feel like scrolling through an instagram feed. Alex Lazarov is 19 years old, a young creative filmmaker and YouTuber from Vienna. In his web series "Jungle", for which he won the Golden Nica of the Prix Ars Electronica 2019 in the u19 - CREATE YOUR WORLD category, he takes us on a journey through a summer of his generation.
Greiner at Ars Electronica: The Future of Plastics
The plastics manufacturer Greiner is bringing five mockups to the Ars Electronica Festival to give an insight into the future of plastics. Chairman of the Board Axel Kühner explained details of this project and the cooperation with Ars Electronica.
Even more gorgeous ideas
The European Commission's STARTS Prize has been encouraging innovative and interdisciplinary project submissions since 2017. It is no coincidence that they are unusual and find a worthy presentation area at the festival.
The best festival tips for: Students
More than 540 events with more than 1400 artists at 16 locations in and around Linz will be taking place at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. To make it a little easier for you to choose, we have summarized the best festival tips for students.
Mahler-Unfinished: When man and machine make music
At the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival, the tenth symphony by Gustav Mahler will be performed at the Big Concert Night (FRI, Sept. 6). Why this is extraordinary? The composer never finished it - together with an artificially intelligent algorithm, Ali Nikrang, Key Researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, has now completed the piece. In an interview, he and Markus Poschner, chief conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra, tell us more.
The best festival tips for: Techies & Gamers
More than 540 events with more than 1400 artists at 16 locations in and around Linz will be taking place at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. To make it a little easier for you to choose, we have summarized the best festival tips for techies and gamers.
The best festival tips for: Music Lovers
More than 540 events with more than 1400 artists at 16 locations in and around Linz will be taking place at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. To make it a little easier for you to choose, we have summarized the best festival tips for music lovers.
The best festival tips for: Activists
More than 540 events with more than 1400 artists at 16 locations in and around Linz will be taking place at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. To make it a little easier for you to choose, we have summarized the best festival tips for activists.
BIO AUSTRIA Farmers' Market at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019
On September 7, the Saturday of the Ars Electronica Festival, numerous market stalls will not only fill the halls of POSTCITY, but also the hungry bellies of our visitors. On this day, the popular BIO AUSTRIA Farmers' Market will once again take place.
The best festival tips for: Newbies
More than 540 events with more than 1400 artists at 16 locations in and around Linz will be taking place at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. To make it a little easier for you to choose, we have summarized the best festival tips for newbies.
The best festival tips for: Art Enthusiasts
More than 540 events with more than 1400 artists at 16 locations in and around Linz will be taking place at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. To make it a little easier for you to choose, we have summarized the best festival tips for art enthusiasts.
Don‘t miss the Deep-Space-Festival-Program!
During the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival, you can visit not only the many new exhibitions at the Ars Electronica Center, but also a multifaceted program in Deep Space 8K. In this interview, you’ll learn why that program is one you shouldn’t miss!
Swarm Intelligence and Art: The artistic vision behind Swarm Arena
A modern-day alchemist, electromagnetic Folklore instruments and display-carrying groundbots: The artistic vision behind the Swarm Arena performance at Miraikan, Tokyo, in July 2019 shaped a spectacle bordering on magic. Here, we hear from participating artists Akiko Nakayama and Ei Wada – and find out which elements of Swarm Arena to expect at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival.
A design concept based entirely on fun: FUNGUAGE
At the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival (September 5 – 9), FUNGUAGE ROOM will show what happens when you design human-to-object interaction with FUN in mind. We talked to the two leading artists and researchers responsible for the new design concept that wants to bring more joy to communication with our inanimate surroundings.
Gallery Spaces 2019: "Contemporary Art is Media Art"
For the third time in 2019, the Gallery Spaces Program will bring numerous international galleries and collections with their different positions on digital art to the Ars Electronica Festival, September 5-9. With its ongoing work and experience in the production and presentation of media art and digital art, Ars Electronica is the ideal environment for this exchange.
So many gorgeous ideas
Festival Friday is STARTS day - or rather S+T+ARTS, because the magic formula is Science + Technology + ARTS. Exactly in this connection lies a powerful potential for innovation, to consider the innovations of our time on various levels and to think socially, ecologically and economically.
World premiere: 8K Live Stream from Japan to Linz
On August 28, 2019, Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center will be the venue for a real world premiere: This is where the first intercontinental 8K Live Stream will take place via a public link from Japan to Linz. In the interview, we found out what challenges this entails.
The infinite spaces of the POSTCITY
One last time the Ars Electronica Festival takes place in the POSTCITY. One last time, the festival takes over new spaces and locations in this abandoned postal distribution center. Martin Honzik explains what's new this year.
"WE GUIDE YOU" through the festival jungle
The WE GUIDE YOU programme offers an overview and orientation in the thicket of 10 locations, 500 events and countless projects by over 1,000 artists. This year Spotlight Tours, Experts Tours and Community Parcours, among others, will give visitors an insight into the programme.
Young Computer Scientists: An Internship at the nexus of Art and Computer Science
The Young Computer Scientists program at Johannes Kepler Universität Linz allows secondary students with an interest in computer science to take part in exciting workshops followed by an internship – at Ars Electronica Futurelab, among other places. We spoke with intern Ivonne Gattringer and initiator Dr. Hanspeter Mössenböck to learn more.
Kalina Bertin: "ManicVR was part of a deeply healing process"
Kalina Bertin, filmmaker and director of ManicVR, invites us to join her on a journey into the "inner worlds" of her siblings who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In 2019, she was awarded the Golden Nica in the Computer Animation category for her work.
Space to think: Ars Electronica Art Thinking School
“Art Thinking is not a methodology, but an attitude”, says Ars Electronica Futurelab curator and key researcher Hideaki Ogawa. As such, Art Thinking can be cultivated – which is precisely the aim of the new initiative Art Thinking School, premiering at the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival.
Lots of green and fiery red flowers for the POSTCITY
Corn, grains, sunflowers and beans: We visited the City Gardens Linz to convince ourselves that the plants for the Ars Electronica Festival are growing and flourishing. They are part of the festival architecture and will bring some warmth into the bare halls of the POSTCITY.
The last Big Concert Night in POSTCITY
It is the prelude to the first ever "AIxMusic Festival" and at the same time one of the last concerts to take place at POSTCITY Linz during the Ars Electronica Festival. We talked to Norbert Trawöger, the artistic director of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and Gerfried Stocker, the artistic director of Ars Electronica, about this fascinating place, Gustav Mahler and artificial intelligence.
BR41N.IO Hackathon for Creative Minds: The Direct Wire to the Brain
Connecting the human brain with the specially developed controller - from September 7 to 8, this will become reality for several teams at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019 in POSTCITY Linz. Whether controlling drones by thought or mixing the right cocktail by brain activity, you can now get your place for brainstorming and developing software and hardware together in 24 hours!
"We are not alone!": Bauhaus and Ars Electronica celebrate together
The Bauhaus University Weimar is not only celebrating 100 Years of Bauhaus this year, but students, teachers and alumni are also presenting themselves as a partner university at the Ars Electronica Campus 2019. In exhibitions and panels, they are encouraging: "We are not alone!"
With OK│CyberArts 2019 on the pulse of time
Every year, the OK im OÖ Kulturquartier exhibition takes on its role as a visionary observatory and uses international media art projects that received awards at the 2019 Prix Ars Electronica to showcase the trends and current developments of our time.
"Ars Electronica Campus is like a chamber of wonders"
Since 2002, the Ars Electronica Campus at the Ars Electronica Festival has brought international universities to Linz to present their work and exchange ideas. This year, 57 universities will be represented with more than 200 projects both at POSTCITY and at the University of Art and Design Linz.
Futuristic sounds, danceable pop and a pinch of humor: The Ars Electronica Nightline 2019
Ars Electronica Nightline is an annual highlight of the Ars Electronica Festival program not only for the dance-lovers. The train hall of POSTCITY hosts this late Friday lineup of media art, electronic music and performances.
Volkmar Klien: Total Optimization and Defiance - About artificial intelligence and musical composition
Volkmar Klien, co-curator of the AIxMusic Festival as well as of the Sonic Saturday at the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival, on the relationship between AI and music.
Human Limitations - Limited Humanity: The Possibility of Going Beyond Borders
At the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival, artists from all over the world fill the POSTCITY bunker with media art. This year's projects will be exploring the question of human limitations with different approaches.
From Chile to the Ars Electronica Festival
After a successful debut at last year's Ars Electronica Festival, they will be back again this year: Selected media artworks by Chilean artists are again part of an extensive program of guest projects to be shown in Linz from September 5 to 9, 2019.
Understanding AI – a place to experience artificial intelligence
For the new exhibition “Understanding AI” at the Ars Electronica Center, a team of researchers, artists, and developers from Ars Electronica Futurelab designed installations that explain how artificial intelligence actually works. Learn more about it in this interview.
"Ars and the City": In the City, with the City, for the City
What has Ars Electronica done in the city, with the city and for the city? The exhibition "Ars and the City" at the LENTOS Kunstmuseum will explore these questions during the festival on the occasion of this year's 40th anniversary of Ars Electronica.
AI x Music Festival: A look ahead
Music is probably the most emotional art form of all. If we observe people talking about music, recalling their experiences and memories, a difference to their usual style quickly becomes apparent. They touch their hearts, lower their voices, look inside, let their emotions run free. Music is an art form that expresses our feelings in an almost magical way.
"The PERI elements are like Lego"
To build an 80,000 square metre abandoned industrial area with structures that enable media art. The architects Jürgen Haller and Christoph Weidinger are once again taking on this seemingly unsolvable task this year at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019 in POSTCITY.
Gender, Virtual Reality and playfulness at the Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2019
The best of 835 Prix Ars Electronica submissions in the Computer Animation category will be presented at the Ars Electronica Animation Festival. In an interview, curator and director Jürgen Hagler talks about what visitors will be able to expect this year, what trends the industry is currently experiencing and what he personally looks forward to the most.
"Today they would be called programmers"
Since June 25, the Ars Electronica Center has been hosting the new "AI X Music" exhibition, which deals with the interaction between artificial intelligence and music as well as the encounter between human creativity and technical perfection. In this interview, Marianne Kneidinger and Gertraud Koblmiller from the Mechanische Klangfabrik Haslach explain the role played by the centuries-old instruments barrel piano and flute.
“I train pedestrians”: Transport careers of the future
The Ars Electronica Futurelab has carried out a comprehensive study for the Austrian Road Safety Board regarding how mobility and logistics careers in the transport sector could change by 2050. In this interview, we take a look into the future.
"What does exploitation smell like?"
Sweat and work are inseparably linked in Paul Vanouse's installation LABOR. In an interview, the winner of the Golden Nica explained to us how odours develop and why he recreates this process in the laboratory.
“Technology is nothing without the human intention behind it”
Claire B, one of the two artists behind the exhibition Mirages & miracles, talks in this interview about technologies, stones, poetics and the relationship between these elements. The new exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center opened on June 25 and continues until March 2020.
netidee promotes innovative projects that make the Internet better
No more entries can be submitted for the Prix Ars Electronica 2019, the winners have been announced and the Golden Nica awards are planned. However, you can still apply for the netidee call 14. We'll introduce you to a few projects and explain how you can apply.
Gaming meets racing: Rotax MAX Dome
In the old slaughterhouse in Linz, e-carts will be making their rounds in the new Rotax MAX Dome from today on - on a racetrack that offers not only sharp bends but also games, virtual worlds and digital technologies. What does the Ars Electronica Futurelab have to do with it? That's what we found out in this interview.
Ingrid Kurz, moon-landing interpreter: “It was unbelievably thrilling and exciting!”
July 21, 2019, will be the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. As part of a special theme weekend, Ars Electronica is commemorating this great moment in science from different viewpoints. As an interpreter, Ingrid Kurz was close to the action when the first man walked on the moon.
Life gets better through Artificial Intelligence
It is the second most densely populated metropolis and one of the three most visited cities in Europe: Barcelona. The Innovation Bureau 300,000 Km/s, which was awarded the STARTS Prize 2019 for the "Ciutat Vella's Land-use Plan" project, shows how new technologies can help to make urban space a place worth living in.
The power of thought: Interview with Christoph Guger
With an EEG hood on your head, a BCI, you can control a drone, drive an excavator or operate a fire engine. Or the system can be used for the rehabilitation of stroke patients and for working with coma patients, as Christoph Guger, founder and managing director of g.tec, explains.
"Humans can determine their own evolution"
With innovative tools such as CRISPR/Cas9, humans can dive deeper into the development of life ever before and change it according to their own ideas. Manuel Selg from FH OÖ Campus Wels will talk about what this is all about and what has happened since the first BioLab was set up at the Ars Electronica Center as part of the theme weekend "Optimization of our Body".
The Wandering Mind: Feel the Pulse of the Earth
Feel global environmental data, experience it with your own senses and be connected to the Blue Planet even more intensively as a human being: This is the aim of The Wandering Mind project by the artist duo slow immediate. In a few weeks their residency will start in Argentina and Austria - organized by the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab.
Just for Fun? Playful learning!
Feel young again? The Family Days at the Ars Electronica Center offer adults a mental rejuvenation cure through a fresh, young approach to current topics and give children and teenagers the freedom to breathe life into Artificial Intelligence with pleasure and in the self-experiment.
Smart security - what else?
How much (living) comfort justifies how much disclosure of personal data? How do manufacturers of intelligent products deal with customer data? How easily can devices be accessed from outside or even influenced?
The apt noise for our disturbed existence
The Prix Ars Electronica 2019 Golden Nica in the category “Digital Musics & Sound Art” is staying in the country: for the first time, an Austrian has won the prize as a solo entrant. The Austrian composer and producer Peter Kutin studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, and has written and developed music for film, theater, performance, contemporary dance, and radio.
Understanding AI - or: The Nature of Data
Everything is new at the new Ars Electronica Center! From the foyer on down, there are new spaces with a new interior to marvel at. But it’s not just impressive architecture — the exhibition opens up a totally new glimpse into the future. One topic it can’t leave out is artificial intelligence, and the Understanding AI exhibit is there to explain it. We talked with Ali Nikrang, one of the developers, about human and artificial intelligence, statistical data, and 300 dimensions.
As if it were reality: Immersify
It’s almost as if you were there: immersive media let us dive deep into images and videos – sometimes to the point where we completely forget the world around us. In order to transform this new kind of media from a niche phenomenon to a widespread practice, the Ars Electronica Futurelab and four partners from all over Europe are working on a common research project, Immersify.
Project Alias: Rediscovering the Private Sphere
With “Project Alias,” Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen of Denmark demonstrated a simple yet effective way to take back control over our own private sphere, which earned them the STARTS Prize of the European Commission. We talked with both of them about privacy, parasitic fungi, and the appropriate narratives.
STARTS PRIZE: The Interdisciplinary Future
The decision is made! Winners and Honorary Mentions for the STARTS Prize of the European Commission have been determined. The international jury for this fourth consecutive award spent days discussing, observing, paring down entries and discussing again so the prize could be granted to very special projects in two categories: “Artistic Exploration” honors works where art has great potential to influence and change technology. “Innovative Collaboration” recognizes cooperative relationships between industry/technology and the arts.
Prix Ars Electronica 2019: One Weekend, Four Golden Nicas
Every year a new jury, every year an extraordinary treasure of media artworks that want to be judged. Once again this year, 20 experts from all over the world met in Linz to agree on the Golden Nicas of the 2019 Prix Ars Electronica. A brief stroll through the jury weekend.
Live Heart Surgery at Deep Space 8K
Mehr als 100 Besucherinnen und Besucher waren am 4. April im Deep Space des Ars Electronica Center mit dabei und konnten eine Herz-OP im Kepler Universitätsklinikum live mitverfolgen.
Out of the Box – the Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution
40 years after the first Ars Electronica Festival, "Out of the Box - the Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution" takes us on an expedition to the artistic-scientific surveying of our modern techno-economically-influenced world. In this interview, Gerfried Stocker, the artistic director of Ars Electronica, introduces the topic that the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz will be dedicated to from September 5 to 9, 2019.
We (re)build for the future
Everything has to go! In 2019, everything at the Ars Electronica Center will be new. Once again, Ars Electronica is leaving the comfort zone with a large-scale architectural and thematic reconstruction of the exhibition, "tearing (almost) everything down"...
Nadav Hochman: "Involve Artists in the Technology Development Stage"
The submission deadline of the European Commission's STARTS Prize 2019 is March 11! Nadav Hochman, co-founder of the Tech + Arts Initiative at the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley, is one of the jurors of this competition and talks in an interview about the connections between science, technology and art.
2019 Prix Ars Electronica: The Jury
We have extended the submission deadline for the Prix Ars Electronica to March 11, 2019! In the meantime, we will introduce the jurors with various video interviews that will decide who will receive the Golden Nicas 2019.
Şerife Wong: "I’d really like to see truly interconnected artists and scientists teams"
Submissions for the European Commission's STARTS Prize will be accepted until March 11th, 2019. The artist Şerife Wong, one of this year's jurors, talks about where she sees similarities between science, technology and the arts and explains to us - in her role as an ethics consultant - how we can deal with artificial intelligence in our society.
netidee: Three Projects, three Motivations, three Fundings
Until March 18, 2019, the netidee Special Prize will be looking for projects in the Prix Ars Electronica's u19 - CREATE YOUR WORLD category that is designed to take the Internet a step further. We picked out three projects from Austria funded by the Internet Private Foundation Austria and asked around how the development of the CADMeshConverter, AudiCom and "out of tune" is going at the moment - and how the teams themselves have learned to deal with time resources and setbacks.
10 years since the major renovation: Ars Electronica Center
It was exactly 10 years ago that the Ars Electronica Center was first renovated and expanded. The small two-story building next to the Danube became the Museum of the Future that we now know - including new, large exhibition areas in the basement. Now everything in the Ars Electronica Center is going to be completely new again: starting from February 25, 2019, the exhibitions in the basement will be closed to be completely redesigned. If you ask us, that makes now the perfect occasion to take another look back at the highlights of the past 10 years.
School of the Future Festival: GiriGiri
The first ever School of the Future Festival by Ars Electronica will take place at Tokyo Midtown February 21 to 24, 2019. The theme is GiriGiri – find out what this means and which exhibitions, performances, and talk sessions to look forward to in this interview.
Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience: A fascinating Cocktail for a Residency
The newly founded European ARTificial Intelligence Lab offers an exciting residency in Argentina and Austria for artists working in the fields of artificial intelligence and neuroscience. Mariano Sardon from Muntref Centro de Arte y Ciencia tells us more in this interview.
“ERROR – The Art of Imperfection” in Berlin
Ars Electronica goes Berlin – for the seventh time in a row! The latest exhibition at DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum is on until March 3, 2019, showing artistic projects that grapple with the theme “ERROR – The Art of Imperfection.”
OPEN CALL: Creating sustainable cities, using digital technologies
Until February 15, 2019, the PRIX BLOXHUB INTERACTIVE open call is asking architects, engineers and creatives from around the world to submit their ideas and projects about how to use digital technologies to create more sustainable cities. In this interview, founder Liselott Stenfeldt tells us about the newly founded initiative and the submission details.
Prix Ars Electronica 2019: Artificial Intelligence & Life Art
The submission phase for this year's Prix Ars Electronica ends on March 11, 2019! We took this opportunity to take a closer look at the new "Artificial Intelligence & Life Art" category.
“We need to upscale”: How architecture, behavior and technology blend
How can we make cities more livable and sustainable using digital technology? This is the question raised by the PRIX BLOXHUB INTERACTIVE open call, a new cooperation between BLOXHUB, the Alexandra Institute and Ars Electronica. Find out more in this interview.