Poking Florian - Fraunhofer MEVIS

“Poking Florian” made an impact at the 2013 Ars Electronica Festival as part of the TOTAL RECALL – The Evolution of Memory theme exhibition by cleverly bridging the gap between artistry and practical usage in everyday life. Now, Alexander Köhn of Fraunhofer MEVIS explains why this installation is also of significance for the future of medicine.

The Future Rock Show - A Beginning

The Festival Ars Electronica is a place to test out new ways. The Future Rock Show is one of those tests, introducing a new form of discussion. This is it's story.

MEGA at TOTAL RECALL - The Evolution of Memory

The 2013 Ars Electronica Festival with its Total Recall theme provided a most appropriate setting for the premiere of MEGA – Museum of Electronic Games & Art’s “Ludic Memento” exhibition that not only takes a diversified approach to stimulating visitors’ recollections and reactivating nostalgic feelings but also demonstrates promising tactics for dealing with digital memory. Festivalgoers could proceed on their own to immerse themselves in four thematic domains or join a guided tour through the exhibits on display.

Launch of the Ars Electronica Residency Network

The Futurelab launched the Ars Electronica Residency Network at this year's festival. In the Pixelspaces conference series, an entire segment was devoted to this new program.

Week 2 - Bill Fontana, Collide@CERn

After the first week’s video blog, Bill Fontana started exploring the CERN laboratory in many different ways. Armed with his accelerometers, which are used by structural engineers traditionally to measure the movement of structures and his recording equipment, he revealed the inner sound worlds of dipoles, the CERN grid in the computer centre and even electric pylons. As Bill said in his opening lecture of his residency at CERN, there is music in all things.

TOTAL RECALL - Symposium, Day 2

You'll find all the talks of the second day of the TOTAL RECALL - Symposium.

TOTAL RECALL - Symposium - Day 1

All the talks of the first day of the TOTAL RECALL - Symposium are collected here.

Festivalralley - Part 3

Make Your World the Way YOU Want It to Be!

This year’s u19 Create Your World Festival ran from September 5th to 9th. Young people (and the young at heart) enjoyed up-close-and-personal encounters with a wide array of projects, initiatives and design possibilities.

Festivalralley - Part 2

Day 4: Discovery with All the Senses

Use all your senses to experience the u19 Festival! Here’s an overview of Day 4.

Day 4, Rock Shows and Music

Die voestalpine Klangwolke 2013 will noch verarbeitet werden, Aural-Memory-Machine hat unglaubliche akustische Eindrücke hinterlassen, und die OK Night hat so einige zum Tanzen gebracht. Zeit zum Ausruhen bleibt allerdings keine, auch am Sonntag gehts dahin.

Festivalralley - Part 1

A Festival Dedicated to Social Welfare

Today, the accent is on various aspects of the community in which we live.


The Golden Nicas were awarded, and there's still a lot to discover at TOTAL RECALL - The Evolution of Memory.

A Sustainable Festival

It’s been a busy time, since the u19 awards ceremony was held today. Here we spotlight a few projects having to do with sustainability.

Project Genesis for Everybody

Nicole Grüneis of the Ars Electronica Center’s Education and Cultural Communication department designs together with her colleagues exhibitions’ supplementary program of guided tours and workshops. In this interview, she talks about mediating visitors’ encounters with "Project Genesis – Life from the Lab".


Day 2 of TOTAL RECALL - The Evolution of Memory has began, and you probably won't even have time to enjoy the great weather.

TOTAL RECALL - Day 1, a report and an outlook

Linz is full of an international crowd, the Donaulände is buzzing, the exhibitions are in full swing, and the weather is great. The first day of Festival Ars Electronica 2013 is perfect, but it's not over yet!

From times past into future

First festival day.


Enough rehearsals, enough planing, enough tinkering, the Festival Ars Electronica 2013 begins!

u19 - CREATE YOUR WORLD - Zukunftsfestival der nächsten Generation

The u19 - CREATE YOUR WORLD - Festivalstadt is almost ready, members of the press have already seen it, you can start exploring tomorrow, September 5th.

Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0 - Interview with the curators

Schizophrenia Taiwan is one of the exhibitions of TOTAL RECALL - The Evolution of Memory, stationed in the Tabakfabrik. It's topic is a country whose people live in a constant crisis of identity. The curators tell you why it is like this.

The artists have arrived

Every year before the festival, the OK Offenes Kulturhaus im OÖ Kulturquartier invites all the artists of the CyberArts for a welcome-drink. If it's up to the artists, Festival Ars Electronica 2013 is ready to begin.

Computer Games: Good Game – Bad Game?

Jeremiah Diephuis and Stefan Schraml collaborated with associates in the Linz gamer scene to launch GameStage. In this interview, the two game experts talk about computer gaming, their exhibition at the Ars Electronica Festival, and the game events coming up at FamilyDays in November.

Checklist for TOTAL RECALL - The Evolution

Only a few days are left until the start of TOTAL RECALL - The Evolution of Memory, and while the Festival-Team is busy with last-minute-preparations, there's a couple of things that you can do as well. Check out which in this article!

A Festival Village Takes Shape

Die Fotoserie vom Aufbau der u19 Festivalstadt: Am Dienstag, 27. 8. um 7:00 kam der erste von 31 Containern am Maindeck des Ars Electronica Centers an. Inzwischen ist eine bunte Stadt daraus entstanden, die ab nächster Woche von den 40 ProjektpartnerInnen von u19 Create Your World bezogen wird. Am Donnerstag, 5. 9. um 10:00 öffnen wir die Tore aller Container und ihr könnt euch 5 Tage lang im Programm von u19 Create Your World verlieren!

The Aural-Memory-Machine sounds the Mariendom

For the third year in a row now, Linz’s Mariendom—St. Mary’s Cathedral—will serve as the venue for a very special acoustic performance and installation on festival Saturday. “The Aural-Memory-Machine” by Wolfgang “Fadi” Dorninger will play the extraordinary acoustics of this space, engendering constantly emerging, varying and disintegrating worlds of sound. It will be an excursion through Dorninger’s aural memory. In preparation for this installation, he’s combed through his extensive archive of field recordings to come up with a suitable selection. In this interview, he discusses how he came up with the idea of “The Aural-Memory-Machine” and what festivalgoers can look forward to.

John-Dylan Haynes - TOTAL RECALL Symposium

Reading and influencing other people's minds seems like science fiction to you? Then John-Dylan Haynes' talk during the TOTAL RECALL - Symposium is probably exactly your thing.

Week 1 - Bill Fontana, Collide@CERN

The month of July was Bill Fontana's first part of his residency at CERN. And he was not alone! He came also with his family, which included his photographer son, Michael Fontana, 18. Every week, Michael interviewed his father and his inspiration partner, CERN cosmologist Subodh Patil about what they were thinking of the week ahead to make a video diary.