Directors Talk: Facing crises creatively

How can creativity and art help society face crises in a resilient way? The Ars Electronica Futurelab is looking for answers.

Ars Electronica Futurelab Artist Residency
Roel Heremans: The NeuroRight Arcades

Ars Electronica Festival 2022: In a world where neuro-wearables and brain-computer interfaces will soon be ubiquitous, we should also talk about "NeuroRights."

Digital transformation – for whom?

Who benefits from digital transformation and who should own it? – Questions the Art Thinking Forum Tokyo was asking.

Matsudo Science Art Festival 2021
Matsudo – A city of inspiration

Matsudo International Science Art Festival 2021: How a Japanese city and its creative community cultivate the future.

School of the Future -Open Studio- FUTURE PICNIC
A Picnic for a positive future

The "School of the Future -OPEN STUDIO-" in Tokyo Midtown invites visitors to the spacious garden of Tokyo Midtown for a "Future Picnic" in the greenery to reunite the people of the metropolis with themselves and nature after a year of distance.

When, if not now?

Some people think the future is written in the stars. Others go to Ars Electronica. "Activism", especially in the digital area, is a red-hot topic and therefore of course represented at the Ars Electronica Festival.

Some people believe everything they read on the Internet...

...others go to Ars Electronica. That's why this year's festival features numerous projects and gardens on the topic of "Digital Education".

Digital Humanism: Teaching and learning through an artistic lens

Education is one of the core aspects of the European Platform for Digital Humanism, which is only natural, as historically education has always been fundamental to what we understand humanism to be.

kollaborative robot in Deep Space 8K
Why trust robots?

When humans and robots work side by side, it's not always easy.

The Winners of the 2021 STARTS Prize

We present the Grand Prizes at the intersection of science, technology and art: "Remix el Barrio" and "Oceans in Transformation".

Martina Mara, Robopsychology JKU
Humans, robots and the future of work

We've pinned our hopes for the future on them, but also regard them with suspicion: Robots will soon be part of our daily lives.

Focus on the Human Being

This year, for the first time, the BMEIA and Ars Electronica have issued a joint Award for Digital Humanity. The focus is on the human being.

Shaping the Digital Future

Ars Electronica's European Platform for Digital Humanism asks about the impact of technologies on society.

The STARTS Universe

S+T+ARTS is more than an international and regional promotion platform for artists, connecting them with scientists, industry and technology partners.

Galaxies and black holes

What is the origin of life? What is the origin of the universe? Where do we come from and where are we going? Questions that have preoccupied mankind for millennia, and it doesn't look like they will be solved soon. For a wonderfully playful perspective, artists are now joining in.

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.

Home Delivery Conference: About Minecraft Universities and Digital Museums

On the Thursday of the festival, the Home Delivery Conference will be dedicated to the cultural aspects of digital space, presenting projects such as the first Minecraft University, the Museum of the Future and a dedicated domain for the art world. This is just one of the numerous thematic focuses in our wide range of conferences, workshops and talks at the Ars Electronica Festival 2020.

The Kepler Hall hosts the STARTS Prize 2020

The festival takes place! Not despite, but because of Corona. For months a global pandemic has been raising questions that we hadn't asked ourselves before - but which will most likely keep us busy for a long time to come.

The future under the pillow

Of course we realize that we do not understand integral calculus better if we put the textbooks under the pillow on which we sleep. But it doesn't do any harm, does it?

The Museum Never Sleeps

The Ars Electronica Center may be closed at the moment, but it's not abandoned. We accompanied a colleague during his work at the Museum of the Future, saw a robot from the inside and learned how 3D printing can help in the corona crisis.

The Big Ars Electronica AI Glossary

Everyone talks about Artificial Intelligence (AI) - but what exactly is it? This glossary shows and explains the most important terms of the world of AI and connects them with examples from the Ars Electronica Center.

AI isn't Artificial but Human

Our world is becoming more and more entangled. Financial markets where bots trade endlessly with other bots, social media algorithms that control what narrative we follow, deep fakes that make us doubt even our own senses. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find out where human influence lies in the process of AI.

The 2020 STARTS Prize Jury

Every year a jury meets to examine and evaluate the submissions for the STARTS Prize. These experts have fascinating backgrounds and extraordinary fields of research, which we would like to present in the following.

Let's get STARTed!

It's that time again! The submission for the STARTS Prize 2020 is open. Starting immediately, the European Commission, together with Ars Electronica, Bozar and Waag, is once again looking for pioneering projects at the interface of art, technology and science that contribute to economic and social innovation.

From Theory to Practice: Ars Electronica Research Institutes

Here, academic basic research meets Ars Electronica Futurelab’s artistic/scientific application scenarios: Starting in autumn 2019, the new Ars Electronica Research Institutes will be building a bridge between theory and practice. In this interview, we learned exactly what that looks like.

"Our existence may not be limited to machines"

Maja Smrekar's "!brute_force" - also part of the human (un)limited exhibition in Beijing - deals with the relation man-dog-machine. The basic statement of the work is: Even if we need technology, our existence must not be limited to machines.

"It's about what people can do with technology"

The Ars Electronica Futurelab's "ShadowGAN" project is part of the "human (un)limited" exhibition series currently on show in Beijing, Seoul and Moscow until the end of February. The focus is not on technology as such, but on the human being itself, including its weaknesses and strengths and its eternal search for a place in the world.

Exploring human limits

Thanks to our creativity and inventiveness, what limits have we overcome and made the supposedly impossible possible? What consequences does this have for us, for our self-image and for the importance we attach to ourselves in the world? What old and new limits do we reach despite all our successes - as individuals and as society(s)? And what limits should we set ourselves in the future, perhaps voluntarily?

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.

Women’s Networks in Arts & Technology

Elena Robles Mateo talks about her research project to portray networks of women in media art since the 1990s, and in her work has referred to the Women in Media Arts database of Ars Electronica, among others.