aqua_forensic: The Invisible Danger in the World's Oceans

Invisible and yet threatening. The EMAP/EMARE project "aqua_forensic" by Robertina Šebjanič and Gjino Šutić is investigating human pollution in the oceans. It is the result of their residency at Ars Electronica. The second Open Call for a EMAP/EMARE residency runs until December 3, 2018.

Guest Article: Artificial Intelligence - The next frontier

After his visit to the Ars Electronica Festival, Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission, talks in this guest article about how important it is to involve art in the further development of AI technology.

This was the Ars Electronica Festival 2018!

What a festival: 5 days, 12 locations, 614 events and 1,357 artists, scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and activists from 54 countries made the Ars Electronica Festival from September 6 to 10, 2018 a truly extraordinary experience. With the theme "Error - the Art of Imperfection", the media art event brought visitors from near and far to Linz - more than 105,000 visits were recorded at the festival this year, a new record in the history of Ars Electronica. A look back at the best festival highlights can be found here - in the feature on the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival.

Day 5: The 2018 Ars Electronica Festival comes to an end

We've seen media art, marveled at performances, listened to lectures, talked to artists, programmed, crafted, hacked, danced and learned a lot - but even the biggest media art festival has to come to an end at some point. The best impressions of the fifth and last day can be found here.

Day 4: Sumo Robot Fights and the Big Concert Night

The weekend at the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival ended with a bang: The Big Concert Night with the Bruckner Orchestra, performances and a dancing robot was once again one of the absolute highlights. The rest of the day was equally impressive - learn why here, with the best impressions of festival day four.

Day 3: In the middle of the Ars Electronica Festival hustle and bustle

Saturday at the Ars Electronica Festival was packed with an exciting program: Emergency Error Battle, Expanded Animation, Prix Forums, ZusammenHelfen Conference, Sonic Saturday - and hundreds more events, exhibitions and performances! Here, you can find some of the best impressions.

Day 2: Between STARTS Day and Error Conference

The second day at the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival was full of lectures, panel discussions and keynotes, showed excellent media art throughout the city and ended in the evening with the roaring party that is the Ars Electronica Nightline. A few impressions of the Festival Friday can be found here.

Day 1: The Ars Electronica Festival 2018 has started!

Finally: The months of waiting have come to an end. The Ars Electronica Festival 2018 took off on Thursday, September 6, 2018, with the theme "Error - the Art of Imperfection. Here, we show you the best impressions of day one at the festival.

Swarm Control: The Future of Firefighting

Rosenbauer and Ars Electronica Futurelab take a look into the future of the fire brigade: Together with artists, scientists and designers of the laboratory, the fire-fighting equipment supplier is now conducting research into the swarm control of autonomous vehicles.

Touring the Festival with the WKOÖ UBIT

It's the second time that WKOÖ UBIT - the Economic Chamber’s group for business consultants, accountants and IT specialists - has taken over the patronage of WE GUIDE YOU tours at the Ars Electronica Festival. The chairman Markus Roth talks about why they are here again and how he deals with mistakes in his area.

Levers and Buttons: The Virtual Way to the Golden Nica

With their video game, the four youngsters Lorenz Gonsa, Martin Hatler, Samuel Stallybrass and Vincent Thierry made it to the Golden Nica: They received the the prize for "Levers and Buttons" in the u19 - CREATE YOUR WORLD category. This year's Prix Ars Electronica will be awarded in Linz on September 7, 2018.

The Bien: Absence in Wax and Concrete

“The Bien” by Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth-Fohringer portrays an extinct bee colony—doing so in terms of its absence. The work will be on display in Linz’s Mariendom cathedral during the Ars Electronica Festival September 6-10, 2018. Find out more in this interview.

The best festival tips for: Scientists

The 2018 Ars Electronica Festival is not only an event for media art, technology and society - a wide variety of sciences are also represented at over 500 events, lectures, workshops and open labs. Find the best festival tips for scientists here.

Human and Machine, Dancing: SILK Fluegge

At the Ars Electronica Festival’s Big Concert Night on September 9, 2018, Silke Grabinger and two members of her SILK Fluegge troupe will dance to Symphonie Fantastique performed by the Bruckner Orchestra in the Gleishalle of POSTCITY Linz. Find out more in this interview.

The Practice of Art and Science at the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival

“The Practice of Art and Science” at the Ars Electronica Festival September 6-10, 2018 presents projects at the interface of these two disciplines. Find out more in this interview.

The best festival tips for: Students

Every year, the Ars Electronica Festival is a get-together of the biggest names in media art, science and technology - and at the same time, a playground and experimental space for young students. Here, you can find out which program items are particularly exciting for students this year.

VREI: VR Devices for the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival

The Ars Electronica Festival (September 6-10, 2018) will feature several virtual reality projects once again this year. To let festivalgoers enjoy hands-on experiences with them, Vienna-based VREI Company has made a few VR devices available. VREI CEO Florian Sam provides details in this interview.

Data to the People: Ernst Hafen

Biologist Ernst Hafen will speak at the Ars Electronica Festival’s Theme Conference on September 7, 2018 about how we can deploy our data to foster scientific progress and democratize the data economy at the same time. He goes into detail in this interview.

The best festival tips for: Music Lovers

What would an Ars Electronica Festival be without a comprehensive program for music lovers? We have compiled the best highlights for music fans out of all the concerts, performances, happenings, lectures, tours and more.

Future Flora: DIY kit for the vaginal flora

This year, designer and biohacker Giulia Tomasello won the STARTS Prize in the category "Artistic Exploration" for her Do-It-Yourself harvesting set for bacteria at home, "Future Flora". Before the artist comes to the Ars Electronica Festival (September 6 - 10, 2018) to present her work, she has already told us more about it in this interview.

Sonic Saturday: Electroacoustic Music at Its Finest

The Ars Electronica Festival’s Sonic Saturday at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität is an entire day dedicated to sound art. For a preview of the events lined up on September 8th, read this interview.

The best festival tips for: Activists

For Social Activists and Eco Warriors: These are the events and projects of the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival that you definitely should not miss.

TROPICS: The Golden Nica of Computer Animation 2018

The coveted Golden Nica of the Prix Ars Electronica in the category of computer animation goes to "TROPICS" by Mathilde Lavenne this year. At the Ars Electronica Festival from September 6 to 10, 2018, the artist will present her award-winning work - read more in the interview.

Plastics for Life: Sustainable Plastic

How can plastic be made more sustainable? Greiner, a maker of plastic and foam products, will present two good ideas on this subject that the company’s own employees came up with. See them at the Festival September 6-10, 2018.

The best festival tips for: Families

The 2018 Ars Electronica Festival not only offers a host of lectures, events, projects, concerts and more for adults - kids and youngsters will also find a heap of projects to enjoy. In this article, you can find out which are the absolute program highlights for families.

Let there be light: Klangfarbe at the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival

Without our many partners and sponsors, the Ars Electronica Festival could not take place - certainly not on this scale, with over 500 events, projects and performances. Thanks to Klangfarbe Wien, they will be equipped with lighting and sound technology throughout the entire festival.

Ars Electronica switches to .ART

Ars Electronica has a new web address:! With the .ART domain, Ars Electronica joins the ranks of renowned artists and organizations in the online art world. We talked to Ulvi Kasimov, founder of the .ART domain, and Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica, about the switch.

The best festival tips for: Techies

More than 500 events, workshops, performances, lectures and Open Labs are on the program of the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival. To make the selection a little easier: Here you will find the best festival tips for techies.

Group Show Featuring Media Art from Chile

A special guest project is being showcased at the Ars Electronica Festival (September 6-10, 2018). An open call was issued to Chilean media artists, researchers, designers and activists to submit works to be shown at the Festival. Five projects were chosen and will appear in Linz in September.

Banish the Fear of Making Mistakes: Claudia Novak

At the Ars Electronica Festival’s Get Inspired innovation forum on September 6th, Claudia Novak, a communications expert and TEDxLinz curator, will discuss why we urgently need more transparency in our dealings with errors. We talked to her about failure and how to handle it.