Narratives for Change

Derrick de Kerckhove spoke at the Festival Ars Electronica 2014 about change begins in people’s heads and we need narratives to get this going on. Narratives that update or replace old clichés and outworn patterns of thinking.

Innovation never stops

"Innovation continuous to evolve and all new innovations automatically build on that what was before and so it is constantly growing and changing", says K. Bradley Paxton, former director of the Electronic Imaging Research Laboratories at Eastman Kodak.

youtube:lab #4 - What do you expect from Youtube?

The youtube:lab has finished its last episode and tries to find answers of what the viewers of a YouTube channel actually expect.

Day 5: A Festival Takes Its Leave

On Music Monday, the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival ended on a pleasant note. The five-day total for all events was about 85,000 visits. Here’s a look back at one final, glorious day!

youtube:lab #3 - YouTube Genres

Which are the new forms of content on youtube, what are the genres, people watch? We asked the young youtubers and festival participants

Day 4: The Festival Heads into the Home Stretch

Day 4 is done and the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival is nearing the end.

youtube:lab #2 - web-video vs TV

Will YouTube be the next television? The young youtubers are trying to find answers at the u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD festival.

Day 3: Full Power ahead

With a comprehensive program, the 2014 Festival Ars Electronica Festival launched its third day. Discussions, lectures, shows, exhibitions, tours, workshops, parties - is there still anything missing?

youtube:lab #1 - Create your world

The youtube:lab as part of u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD uses the medium film to asks questions of change.

Day 2: A Festival to See, Hear and Marvel

There were lots of amazing things to see and hear on the second day of the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival.

Day 1: A Festival Goes for a Stroll Downtown

Visualizations, opening tours, exhibitions, breakfast conversations, experiments, visual and audio experiences. The first day of the festival in 2014 in fast forward.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Spaxels

Ars Electronica Futurelab staffers have been doing R&D since 2012 on what they’ve dubbed Spaxels (space pixels). At the Spaxels Concept Demo members of the spaxels crew will go into detail about what makes the Spaxel-swarm work and illustrate what they’ve achieved to date.

Device Art: More than Just Gadgets

Technology and Japan—now there are a couple of kindred terms! “Device Art,” the new exhibition in the Ars Electronica Center, features whimsical exhibits representing a new art form engendered by our Digital Age.

Putting the Festival Theme into Practice … In-House at Ars Electronica Too!

This year, Ars Electronica wants to make a loud and clear statement in favor of integrating people with handicaps into “normal” working life. So, a decision was made in cooperation with FAB to take on two interns in the festival production crew.

Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2014

The Ars Electronica Animation Festival showcases the outstanding creative work filmmakers are currently doing in very diverse areas in the animation field - applications in art, science, R&D and industry.

When the Cathedral Is Ablaze with Light

Not only is Linz’s Mariendom being transformed into an atmospherically stunning exhibition space during the festival. After sundown, Austria’s largest church will shine in a completely new light.

Umbrella Radio

At the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival, Ö1, the ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Company’s cultural radio station, will be broadcasting Umbrella Radio. At preset times, the Ö1 crew will ring the chimes of change and request favorably disposed festivalgoers to take part in a Change Radio ritual.

Take a Number, Leave Your Head

Since 2011, (St)Age of Participation has been performing research on audience participation in stage-based media art. This is now being taken to the next level at the Ars Electronica Festival; an interactive club offering drinks and dada that totally eliminates the boundaries between a sphere for actors and a separate one for the audience.

Ars Electronica Solutions at the Future Playground

Future Playground is a showcase of notable new developments by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ars Electronica Solutions. Michael Badics explains which interactive products and services Ars Electronica Solutions be showcasing there.

Water Light Graffiti - Water Makes Light

A sponge, brush or water pistol and some water - that’s all it takes to conjure up Water Light Graffiti on a wall studded with thousands of water-sensitive LEDs. The principle is simple; the results are a feast for the eyes.

Smart Citizen Sentiment Dashboard

You can get an impression of the feelings and attitudes of people in Linz towards the environment, mobility, security, the housing situation and the public sphere from the Smart Citizen Sentiment Dashboard (SCSD) on the Ars Electronica Center.


Film is the focal-point theme of this year’s u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD, so one of the featured offerings will be an extensive film workshop staged right in downtown Linz.

LipDub - take a chance … take a change!

People of different origins, with varied interests, from diverse social strata dovetail into a current and flow through town. The emotional highpoint of the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival is a major CHANGE-based production!

Interface Cultures - The 10th Anniversary

To mark the 10th anniversary of Interface Cultures, a master’s program at Linz University for Art and Design, the annual Interface Cultures-Campus Exhibition at 2014 Ars Electronica Festival is being expanded to include a program including network talks, an alumni meeting and a Bring Your Own Art event.

CyberArts 2014 – Jurystatements

No fewer than 2.703 projects were submitted for the Prix Ars Electronica 2014, one of the most popular awards for media art. In short statements jury members are talking about the projects of their respective categories.

Featured Artists 2014 Ars Electronica

Computers that recognize faces in clouds, cat faces, which are perceived as human faces, mirrors in which you can’t take a look and much more will be presented by the Featured Artists Shinseungback Kimyonghun at the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival.

Project Fumbaro Eastern Japan – Getting Aid to Those Who Need It

Golden Nica winner Takeo Saijo succeeded in setting up a digital community that mobilized thousands of volunteers to help those whose lives were devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Linz’s Cathedral as a Musical Instrument

Projection mapping is being raised to the next level of artistic development in “Archifon III”, an interactive installation that Czech artists Tomáš Dvořák and Dan Gregor are staging at the grand opening of this year’s Ars Electronica Festival.

Loophole for All – Freedom from Taxation for Everybody!

"Everyone should have the possibility of exploiting the same tax benefits that major corporations are constantly taking advantage of" ,Paolo Cirio stated. He describes his project as an attempt to democratize tax avoidance.

ARTS2: The Art of Programming

The featured guest institution at this year’s Campus exhibition is the ARTS2 art academy in Mons, Belgium, the 2015 European Capital of Culture. In this interview, Professors Michel Cleempoel and François Zajéga offer a close-up look at the school’s multidisciplinary Digital Arts program.