Ars Electronica Futurelab NHK: 8K-Beyond the Frame
Resonant Media – How 8K can affect perception and emotion

Visual media make the invisible visible; document, capture, make emotional. They capture the moment for eternity.

Who was Isao Tomita?

He not only laid the foundations of the synthesizer boom, but also pushed boundaries and influenced numerous sound artists.

Step into Space

Wanted: Our place in the universe. Found: A team that combines humans and AI to answer fundamental questions. Sarah Petkus and Mark J. Koch aim to educate artificial intelligence to become an individual.

About disappearance

In 2020, Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger receives the City of Linz's Art Appreciation Award in the category of Media, Product and Communication Design and defy the event-free times with a performance on December 1 in the Ars Electronica Center's Deep Space 8K that will be broadcast on Home Delivery. A different kind of awards ceremony.

Ars Electronica Gallery Spaces Garden

2020 is a truly blasted year for the art industry, as available resources were concentrated first and foremost in politics and health care to overcome the crisis. And so the ice was getting thinner and thinner for the art business, and it became clear that a new assessment of the situation was necessary - and quickly, if one did not want to sink. The only platform still available for commercial transactions was - and still is - the Net.

Strolling Between the Disciplines

The JKU campus as a place of encounter and as a place for projects that can only be discovered by strolling through the park and looking attentively into the air. JKU LIT @ Ars Electronica as well as the Garden Exhibition in Kepler's Garden on the JKU Campus feature playful projects that combine various disciplines.


A prairie in the Wild West, a futuristic pirate island on the ocean, people dancing at Burning Man - what images emerge in front of your inner eye when you hear THE WILD STATE?

Women in Media Arts: Does AI think like a (white) man?

"Women in Media Arts" is an Ars Electronica database specifically dedicated to women in media arts. In this series, we introduce you to female media artists and their work, starting with the question: Does AI think like a (White) man?

All connected, all affected

Shaun Hu's works explore the relationship between humans and nature in the digital age. "Internet of Everything: All Connections" - currently part of the "human (un)limited" exhibition in Beijing - shows how everything around us is not only connected but also affected.

DuoSkin: Like a Second Skin

Nice metallic tattoo or modern on skin interface? Based on the aesthetics of temporary skin jewelry on skin, DuoSkin creates devices that allow users to control their mobile devices or display and store information on their skin. The project is currently part of Ars Electronica's "human (un)limited" exhibition in Beijing.

"We always need artists to wake people up"

He is considered one of the most influential contemporary artists in China. On November 2, 2019, Qiu Zhijie of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, together with the Design Society and his curator colleague Martin Honzik of Ars Electronica, will open the new exhibition "40 Years of Humanizing Technology" in Shenzhen.

The last Big Concert Night in POSTCITY

It is the prelude to the first ever "AIxMusic Festival" and at the same time one of the last concerts to take place at POSTCITY Linz during the Ars Electronica Festival. We talked to Norbert Trawöger, the artistic director of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and Gerfried Stocker, the artistic director of Ars Electronica, about this fascinating place, Gustav Mahler and artificial intelligence.

nobody gets involved: Marianne.von.Willemer Prize 2018

Viennese artist starsky has won the 2018 Marianne.von.Willemer Prize for digital media with her guerilla projection tour “niemand mischt sich ein” (“nobody gets involved”). In this interview she tells about her activist and feminist work.

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.

Featured Artist: Elisabeth Schimana

Where are all the women in electronic music? This question has been posed since the 1990s by Elisabeth Schimana, a music pioneer who’s the Featured Artist at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival September 6-10, 2018. In Linz, she’ll present “Hidden Alliances,” a selection of her works on this subject.

Papercraft and Animation: A Diorama for Sacher

As part of the makeover of Café Sacher Eck in Vienna, Ars Electronica Solutions implemented three innovative projects on the premises of this traditional Viennese landmark. A core element of this collaborative effort is a diorama in which Sacher Moments are played out amidst a papercraft model of the Sacher complex featuring playful animated sequences. In this interview, we learn more from Daniela Leitner and Sandra Reichl, the two designers who executed this concept.

The Wandering Artist Project

For her proposal to send a robot with artistic skills into outer space, robotics engineer Sarah Petkus was the recipient of an Honorary Mention from the 2016 art&science@ESA. In this interview, she talks about her plans for her upcoming residency at the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, about humane robots, and the essential elements that actually constitute a robot.

STARTS Prize: The 2017 Prizewinners

This year’s STARTS PRIZE recipients come from Japan and Switzerland. “I’m Humanity” garnered the Grand Prize for Artistic Exploration for Etsuko Yakushimaru; the Grand Prize for Innovative Collaboration goes to Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH–Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT for their “Rock Print” installation.

Ghalia Elsrakbi: "Art Is a Collaborative Playground"

Mainstays of media art in general and the Prix Ars Electronica’s Hybrid Art category in particular are hybrid and transdisciplinary projects and approaches. In this interview, juror Ghalia Elsrakbi talks about her take on hybrid art and what she sees as the role art can play in 2017.

Réka Bucsi: "I like its playful ways"

Réka Bucsi’s animated short film “Symphony no. 42” got her shortlisted at the 87th Academy Awards. In April, she’ll be one of the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica jurors selecting this year’s Golden Nica recipients.

Women in Media Arts

Ars Electronica launched an online database especially for women in media arts in September 2016. Women in Media Arts now makes it possible for users themselves to input information and modify the database’s entries about female artists. Here, project manager Florina Costamoling provides a brief introduction to the database designed to be used by, among others, curators and artists.

Linz’s Klemens Brosch: A Genius for Drawing

Born in Linz in 1894, Klemens Brosch went on to become one of 20th-century Austria’s most outstanding graphic artists, best known for his magical landscapes and melancholy imagery. Deep Space is now featuring jumbo-format projections of some of his small-scale drawings.

The Journey to Mars

Even if signals aren’t being received from the Schiaparelli Test Lander on that evening, we nevertheless had an absolutely fascinating time at the ESA Mission Control Centre in Darmstadt, where we followed the decisive moments of the Mars landing in the company of scientists and artist Aoife Van Linden Tol. Here, we present a few impressions of the journey.

Explosions Aoife Van Linden Tol Test Festival 2016
Second Story: Old Objects, New Stories

Aoife van Linden Tol takes printed objects that are endowed with emotions and gives them a new start. In her performance “Second Story,” she blows up old photos, passports, love letters, etc. in controlled explosions. Here, she tells us how her first test detonation went, what we can expect in her September performance, and how we can submit stuff to get blown to smithereens!

Aoife Van Linden Tol: Explosions as Creative Forces

Violent explosions are sources of particular fascination to artist Aoife Van Linden Tol. An art&science residency is giving her the opportunity to visit the European Space Agency (ESA) and Ars Electronica Futurelab to soak up a healthy dose of inspiration for her next project. In this interview, she talks about, among other things, the fact that there’s a lot more to explosions than destructive force.

Lauren McCarthy Provokes "Fellow Feelings" in Her Very Own Way

Designer, artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy explores the structures and systems of social interaction, identity as well as self-presentation and the potential of technology of how it can influence the dynamics between those traits. During her Transmit³-Residency at the Queensland University of Technology, she wants to find out about the influence of Big Data on the togetherness in front of the large multimedia-display “The Cube”.

SPARKS project trilogy on touring exhibition

The first series of SPARKS exhibitions running in four European cities showcases four artist-in-residency recipients’ highly individualistic takes on the subject of Responsible Research and Innovation and the fascinating ways they developed them further at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

Becoming a resident with sparking ideas

We are pleased to announce the names of the artists who will be coming to the Ars Electronica Futurelab to develop exhibits for the Sparks project!