Patient Bonsai

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.

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.

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.