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.

The ethical Dimension of Artificial Intelligence: A Residency with Foresight

Artificial intelligence is one of the top topics of our time - it is not reserved for an intellectual elite, but reaches up to the regulars' tables. Just as it will influence our living environment, everyone should feel compelled to have a say and participate in decisions. Best in Edinburgh and Linz!

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.

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.

Life gets better through Artificial Intelligence

It is the second most densely populated metropolis and one of the three most visited cities in Europe: Barcelona. The Innovation Bureau 300,000 Km/s, which was awarded the STARTS Prize 2019 for the "Ciutat Vella's Land-use Plan" project, shows how new technologies can help to make urban space a place worth living in.

Smart security - what else?

How much (living) comfort justifies how much disclosure of personal data? How do manufacturers of intelligent products deal with customer data? How easily can devices be accessed from outside or even influenced?

Project Alias: Rediscovering the Private Sphere

With “Project Alias,” Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen of Denmark demonstrated a simple yet effective way to take back control over our own private sphere, which earned them the STARTS Prize of the European Commission. We talked with both of them about privacy, parasitic fungi, and the appropriate narratives.

STARTS PRIZE: The Interdisciplinary Future

The decision is made! Winners and Honorary Mentions for the STARTS Prize of the European Commission have been determined. The international jury for this fourth consecutive award spent days discussing, observing, paring down entries and discussing again so the prize could be granted to very special projects in two categories: “Artistic Exploration” honors works where art has great potential to influence and change technology. “Innovative Collaboration” recognizes cooperative relationships between industry/technology and the arts.

Nadav Hochman: "Involve Artists in the Technology Development Stage"

The submission deadline of the European Commission's STARTS Prize 2019 is March 11! Nadav Hochman, co-founder of the Tech + Arts Initiative at the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley, is one of the jurors of this competition and talks in an interview about the connections between science, technology and art.

Şerife Wong: "I’d really like to see truly interconnected artists and scientists teams"

Submissions for the European Commission's STARTS Prize will be accepted until March 11th, 2019. The artist Şerife Wong, one of this year's jurors, talks about where she sees similarities between science, technology and the arts and explains to us - in her role as an ethics consultant - how we can deal with artificial intelligence in our society.

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.

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.

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.

BitSoil: My Data, your Profits? No, thank you!

Every click and every post on the Internet generates data. The Digital Economy is making billions with our actions on the web and concentrating these profits in the hands of a few. A completely unsatisfactory situation, say LarbitsSisters and initiated the BitSoil Popup Tax & Hack Campaign.

Bellingcat: Looking for Traces in the Digital Environment

On the online platform Bellingcat, citizen journalists are looking for the "echoes and ripples" in the digital environment when events like the MH17 incident or war crimes like those in Syria become known. The founder of Bellingcat, Eliot Higgins, talks in an interview about the project, which was recently awarded the Golden Nica, and gives examples of how to get to the bottom of the truth.

The Internet of Thinking Things

How would it be if everything that surrounds us is intelligent and it’s no longer possible for human beings to perceive what’s happening in the Internet of Things? Professor Alois Ferscha of Johannes Kepler University Linz introduces us to the world of networked thinking things.

Imparting a Direction to the Future: The 2018 STARTS Prize Jury

The jury made up of international experts charged with selecting the recipients of the 2018 STARTS Prizes awarded by the European Commission recently convened for an entire weekend at the Ars Electronica Center. Their mission: to recognize outstanding work at the interface of science, technology and art. The outcome is still confidential; nevertheless, jurors Francesca Bria and Seiichi Saito briefed us on a few trends in this interview.

Humanising Autonomy: A Language for Self-Driving Cars

How do we as pedestrians want to communicate with the autonomous autos that will soon be driving around our cities? Now is the best time to give some thought to this question, according to the staff of Humanising Autonomy, a project that was honored with a 2017 STARTS Prize and is now collaborating with, among other partners, Daimler Mercedes Benz.

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.

“Technology is human”: How Culture Shapes Technology

Mark Coeckelbergh, a philosopher of technology, will deliver a speech on intelligent machines and art on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the symposium limning the Ars Electronica Festival theme, “Artificial Intelligence – The Other I.” In this interview, he goes into how culture shapes technology and what characterizes our dealings with artificial intelligence today.

European Cooperative Projects: Innovation through Diversity

Taking advantage of this continent’s diversity—that’s what Ars Electronica has been doing in a broad spectrum of collaborative projects clear across Europe. In this interview, Festival Director Martin Honzik and Producer Veronika Liebl told us about them and what role they’ll play at the Ars Electronica Festival September 7-11, 2017.

2017 STARTS Prize: Innovative Projects That Cross the Boundaries of Disciplines

Dealing with complex issues calls for marshalling insights and skills from numerous fields, cultures and perspectives. Excellence in accomplishing this is precisely what the European Commission aims to honor with the STARTS Prize. Here, we present 2017’s best projects and what the jury’s statement has to say about them. Many will be featured in a special exhibition running at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.

Resistance from Below

Chrystal Tesla is an average citizen whose homemade devices enable her to successfully fend off the incessant incursions of surveillance technology. This scenario created by artist Kathrin Stumreich and entitled “What would Ted Kaczynski’s daughter do?” has been honored by the City of Linz with the Marianne.von.Willemer.2016 Prize.

Sophie Lamparter: "Designing our future can’t be left up to individuals"

The STARTS Prize awarded by the European Commission spotlights collaboration of science, technology and art. That’s the same approach taken by Sophie Lampartner, director of swissnex San Francisco and one of this year’s STARTS jurors. In this interview, she talks about trends at the nexus of these three domains.

Artificial Intelligence - The Other I

September 7-11, 2017, POSTCITY Linz will be the setting of a stimulating, comprehensive confrontation with the reality and the vision of artificial intelligence. We talked to Ars Electronica Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker about this year’s festival theme.

Waag Society: "Keep questioning what you do"

Collaboration among science, technology and art is urgently needed! Marleen Stikker and Lucas Evers of the Waag Society talk about these three fields’ commonalities and, shortly before the entry deadline, address a last-chance call to motivate artists, engineers and scientists to submit their transdisciplinary projects for 2017 STARTS Prize consideration.

Paul Dujardin: "We need interdisciplinary teams"

In this interview, the artistic director of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) discusses the artist’s role in this day and age, notes that art also emerges beyond the confines of picture frames, and points out how important it is for disciplines to interconnect.

STARTS Prize 2017: When Art Enters Other Spheres

In what ways do science, technology and art overlap? What is innovation? And which technological developments will be successful over the long run? Gerfried Stocker, artistic director of Ars Electronica, and Veronika Liebl, STARTS project manager, discussed these topics with us.