Silent Night 200: The anniversary exhibition

For the exhibition “Silent Night 200“ at the Salzburg Museum, Ars Electronica Futurelab has created three media installations. In this interview you can find out what to expect at the exhibition.

Innovation Lab: Digital Innovations in the Construction Industry

In cooperation with the Upper Austrian Economic Chamber, the Ars Electronica Futurelab organized an intensive Innovation Lab for firms in the construction industry. In this interview, Maria Pfeifer of the Ars Electronica Futurelab told us about how this seminar went and some of the leading-edge technology that will be changing how building will be done in the future.

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.

Creative Artificial Intelligence: Style Transfer

Style transfer technology, actually a byproduct of deep learning, is the main attraction here. In “Creative AI – Style Transfer,” artist-researcher Ali Nikrang shows how artificial neural networks transform a video into an artistic-picturesque world. You can see it at the Ars Electronica Festival September 6-10, 2018.

The Always Astonishing World of Deep Space 8K

From music videos to dance performances and even interactive installations —there’s always something interesting going on at Deep Space 8K in the Ars Electronica Center. Let’s take a look at how creatively and diversely artists use this extraordinary space.

A Tinkerer, Two Designers and hundreds of Drones: How Swarm3D Came To Be

“And then, fortunately, the birds didn’t fall out of the sky,” said Michael Treml in a terse summary of the outcome of work over many months by an Ars Electronica Futurelab team at Rock in Rio 2017, the first public SPAXELS® drone show using Swarm3D software developed in-house in Linz. We were interested in finding out what this program can actually do and why this Futurelab custom creation is now also available as a plug-in for 3ds Max?

E_PROFIL: A Toolkit for the Environment

What are some real ways to achieve climate & energy goals? What measures have to be implemented and where do you get started? The Ars Electronica Futurelab was invited by the department of Spatial Planning (TU Vienna) and the City of Linz (Planning, Technology, Environment) to join a consortium working on E_PROFIL, a toolkit that can be used to take the first step.

Discussions about the Future in the School of the Future

School of the Future creates the setting for discussions about technology, society and art right in the middle of Tokyo. The format consists of a regular series of temporary exhibitions and round-table discussions that the Ars Electronica Futurelab stages in the Tokyo Midtown complex in the heart of Japan’s megalopolis. Sound interesting? Read on!

Future Innovators Summit Tokyo: An Interdisciplinary Urban Think Tank

Japanese ad agency Hakuhodo and Ars Electronica invite you to engage in collective brainstorming amidst Japan’s megacity! The Future Innovators Summit Tokyo seeks those tantalized by the idea of being part of a lively interdisciplinary crew confronting the key issues of humankind’s future. The application deadline is February 28, 2018.

Swarm Compass: A Sea Change in Visualizing Events by Swarm Intelligence

What are the possibilities of swarm intelligence? How can drones be used to make transportation and communications easier? The Ars Electronica Futurelab is working together with Japanese telecommunications company NTT to find answers. In this interview, Hideaki Ogawa of Ars Electronica Futurelab and Shingo Kinshita of NTT tell us about their efforts.

Gestures: When Humans Reach out to Machines

An interactive exhibition at the Saxon Museum of Industry entitled “Gestures – Yesterday, Today and the Day after Tomorrow”—the outgrowth of a joint research project by the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany) and the Ars Electronica Futurelab—is a new encounter with the history of human-machine interaction.

European Media Art Platform: New Residencies for Media Artists

WANTED: up-and-coming talents in media art! The European Media Art Platform awards several two-month residencies at 11 European institutions. In this interview, Peter Zorn of Werkleitz goes into detail about the network, and Ars Electronica’s Veronika Liebl recaps the European Digital Art and Science Network’s activities since its launch in 2015.

Homo Digitalis: What’s the Digital Revolution Doing to Us?

“Homo Digitalis” is a series of seven episodes that present various scenarios of life in the future. Christopher Lindinger, Director of Research & Innovation at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, talks about the part his division played in this Web series produced by BR, ARTE and ORF.

Who or what is on the line? Find out via “Hello Machine”!

The "Hello Machine" is an installation connecting the Ars Electronica Festival Linz, Science Gallery Dublin and Volkswagen Berlins Drive Exhibition, has been developed with the assistance of the Ars Electronica FutureLab, by way of vintage or obsolete pay phones from Hanlon’s collection. The Hello Machine’s ‘Hello Machine - Hello Human’ feature touches on the playful moments that are shared between man and machine.

Dynamic Technology at the Festival: How Brain Power Can Drive an Earthmover

Visitors of this year's Ars Electronica Festival will be able to actually take command of an earthmover with their eye movements and mental powers. Read what it takes to participate and how this mind-melting experiment came into existence.

Spaxels Research Initiative – Swarms of the Future

How to deal with networks of intelligent, autonomous robots raises many questions that the Spaxels Research Initiative aims to formulate and pose.

Future Innovators Summit 2017: A Creative Think Tank for Big Questions about the Future

Embedded in the inspiring setting of the Ars Electronica Festival in POSTCITY Linz, the Future Innovators Summit is once again inviting motivated individuals from the worlds of art, technology and science to exchange ideas and thereby formulate questions of central importance to humankind’s future. FIS project director Hideaki Ogawa offers some conceptual points of departure for a stimulating encounter with the big issue: artificial intelligence.

Bernad Batinic: “We’re opening up a completely new chapter!”

The Institute for Pedagogy and Psychology at Johannes Kepler University of Linz has just received funding for a research project on wearables. We talked to Prof. Bernad Batinic, director of JKU’s Department of Psychology of Work, Organizations and the Media, about wearable technology, the many ways it can be deployed, and the dream of big data visualization.

Touching Stories behind the Patient Innovation Platform

The Patient Innovation-platform has brought forward many revolutionary ideas for treating all kinds of diseases. They've been developed solely by affected people who as non-experts truly deserve exposure - also at the exhibition "Beyond the Lab: The D.I.Y. Science Revolution" at Ars Electronica Center.

SPAXELS rock in Rio - A test run near Linz

This years edition of the mega rock festival ROCK IN RIO will be the first to wow its audience with an illuminated swarm of drones. But before the Ars Electronica Spaxels® can enchant a one-million-plus of people between September 15th and 24th, a three-day marathon rehearsal was staged in Upper Austria over the last Week in March.

The “TIC TAC-tics” of Timothy Omer Hacking Diabetes

Timothy Omer is a part of the DIY revolution in the healthcare system and also of the SPARKS-initiated exposition "Beyond The Lab", which is opening at the 29th of March at the Ars Electronica Center. His example of hacking Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems demonstrates that patients get a grip on their condition.

Martina Mara: "More Women in Robotics!"

Even in the 21st century, robotics R&D is still a male domain. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we discussed this issue with Martina Mara of the Ars Electronica Futurelab. She’s a media psychologist and director of robo-psychology.

InduSTORY or The Art of Telling Industry Stories

The seventh edition in the "Ars Electronica in the Knowledge Capital" series tells the story of the design of a product from the future to its materialization. Until May 7, 2017, the visitors of the special exhibition in Osaka will look at two approaches of prototypes, which are summarized under the title "InduSTORY".

Sky Compass: Going Beyond Navigation by the Stars

As Tokyo will be facing the challenge of hosting a huge influx of tourists in 2020, NTT, Japan's biggest Telecommunication company, and Ars Electronica Futurelab are working on a sky compass to guide the people.

The Future of Self-Service in the Data Kitchen

By designing a futuristic foodwall the Ars Electronica Futurelab adds up to SAP's aspiration in providing a futuristic gastro-concept with its freshly opened "Data Kitchen" restaurant.

Berlin's New Meeting Place For Start-ups: SAP Data Space

For 15 years SAP has collaborations with the Linz-based Ars Electronica Futurelab. The newest project had its disclosure on the 12th of December at Berlin Mitte: the „Data Space“ at Rosenthalerstraße 38.

Fuji Xerox Inspirational Workshop for Japan’s Corporate Executives at AEC

The exhibition space at Ars Electronica Center is full of challenging art. It recently served as a place, some of Japan’s most renowned companies gathered ideas from.

The Linz Synagogue in 3-D

The Linz Synagogue that was destroyed in 1938 has been reconstructed—at least, virtually—and it’s now possible to tour it in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center. In this interview, Danielle Spera, director of the Jewish Museum of Vienna, talked to us about the general significance of a synagogue as well as her personal connection to the Jewish house of worship in Linz.

Social Communication Technologies towards 2020

For the Japanese enterprise NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) all signs are pointing towards 2020. The giant in telecommunication and Ars Electronica Futurelab as a forray collaboratively developed two pilot projects which were up to guide the visitors of the Ars Electronica Festival 2016 in a stunning fashion.

The Virtual Reconstruction of the Linz Synagogue

On Kristallnacht in November 1938, a mob acting on orders of the Nazi regime broke into the Linz Synagogue—like so many other Jewish houses of worship that night—ransacked it and set it ablaze. All that remained of the synagogue was a burnt-out ruin.