Change is needed when there is no way out

From the hopelessness of the climate crisis to the thinking space of art - in this conversation with Gerfried Stocker, we take a closer look at the theme of the 2022 Ars Electronica Festival.

"Welcome to the Sound of Planet B"

What is Julie Andrews doing in the Aral Sea with VR goggles? Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica, explains the thoughts behind the festival subject "Welcome to Planet B" and tells us how the image was created.

Ars Electronica Futurelab
Deep Space EVOLUTION: Welcome to Planet B

What lifestyle changes are you willing to make to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions? Challenge your choices!

Circular Records for Circular Futures

Can records be made from biomaterials? Artists Kat Austen and Fara Peluso think so and will work on developing a low-carbon alternative to vinyl during their S+T+ARTS Residency.

Is it really worth the effort?

Outside is winter, inside we harvest our own grain. Three months we have struggled, spent more than 400 euros, but harvested less than 800 grams of barley.

"Sustainability begins with the mind"

A new workshop format encourages people to question their own thinking about sustainability and thus initiate change. Let's take a closer look!

Circular economy instead of throwaway society

To counteract climate change, plastics must be handled differently. Design, life cycle, recycling on the one hand, industry, society and politics on the other hand are needed for this.

Globally connected combating global climate change

How can a global communication tool like the Internet help to mobilize even more people to act together against climate change?

EXPO 2020: Dialog with the future

After a year of Corona-related postponement, EXPO 2020 is finally getting underway. The Ars Electronica Solutions team is playing a key role in the Austria Pavilion.

Ars Electronica Center
Directors Talk – 25 years Ars Electronica Futurelab and beyond

We all shape future - constantly. In the process, we are confronted with major challenges, from the climate crisis to digital transformation.

Inside Festival 09

The ninth episode of "Inside Festival" is all about sustainability and ecology. Christl Baur and Laura Welzenbach present three projects from our Festival Gardens and give us a sneak peek into one youth perspective of "Create your World".

Some people think 2°C is no big deal...

...others go to Ars Electronica. We present you a selection of projects and gardens that deal with questions around the topic of ecology.

Museum of edible earth
Community Project: Taste your SOIL

Art, society, technology and science sees itself expanded by a conceptuality - nature. "Taste your SOIL" stands for the urgent need of making the digital a part of our cultural identity and for restoring our lost cultural awareness of the earth.

How Digitization Moves Mountains

If we use smartphones for an average of only two years, then the resulting mining of raw materials should give us pause for thought. (German language)

The World is not Enough

We humans have left traces on this blue planet - in the water, on the earth, in the air, but also in outer space.

Teaching Sustainability - But in a Playful Way

For the new NAWAREUM hands-on museum, Ars Electronica Solutions is developing two game tables that make it possible to experience energy supply through renewable energies and resources in an interactive, strategic and playful way.

The Invention of Sustainability

New technologies have increased the pace of consumption of our resources - but even the raw material wood used to bring problems. (German language)

A lot going on in the moss!

The new Home Delivery Workshop for Biodiversity Day is here! Equipped with microscopes and laboratory materials, elementary school children can now also get a virtual taste of the life of a researcher.

From Atakama to Araucanía: Chile at the Ars Electronica Festival 2021

Endless landscapes, the cycle of life and the language of trees: these artists and institutions will represent their home country of Chile at the Ars Electronica Festival 2021.

Challenging the Human Perspective

How to address the biodiversity and climate crisis through collaborative and innovative art-driven approaches.

Shaping the Digital Future

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

Tears for the Sea

She spent most of her childhood on merchant marine vessels and has developed an ever closer relationship with nature through her proximity to the sea. During her EMAP/EMARE residency, as a media artist, Kasia Molga tells how she came to her project "How to make an Ocean?", how personal grief and COVID-19 gave her work new impulses and why she came up with the idea of collecting her own tears.

Ars Electronica Gardens SOUTH AMERICA

As the saying goes: the best comes last! Our last Ars Electronica Festival Garden we would like to present to you on our blog is the continent of South America! Start a journey with us through the gardens of Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile!

BIO AUSTRIA: Back to the Regional

The Regional has recently experienced a new upswing as a result of the Corona crisis, especially when it comes to food. The BIO AUSTRIA Farmers' Market once again invites visitors to the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz to taste these regional products.

„Look beyond the boundaries of our own organization“

What do a plastics manufacturer and a festival for art, technology and society have in common? A lot, as the long-standing successful cooperation between Greiner AG and Ars Electronica proves.

The world stands still - the whole world?

There is no talk of social distancing here, there are enough reasons to leave the house and hygiene is a permanent topic anyway - not only in exceptional cases. Our beekeeper Harald Wohlschlager visited the colony of bees on the roof of the Ars Electronica Center in times of the corona pandemic.

Future Humanity – Our Shared Planet: Is this the future?

In November 2018, Ars Electronica and Hyundai Motor Group will open three exhibitions around the world on the theme of "Future Humanity - Our Shared Planet". The shows at Hyundai Motor Studios in Moscow, Seoul and Beijing will artistically examine what it means to be human in the future. We found out more in this interview.

aqua_forensic: The Invisible Danger in the World's Oceans

Invisible and yet threatening. The EMAP/EMARE project "aqua_forensic" by Robertina Šebjanič and Gjino Šutić is investigating human pollution in the oceans. It is the result of their residency at Ars Electronica. The second Open Call for a EMAP/EMARE residency runs until December 3, 2018.

Plastics for Life: Sustainable Plastic

How can plastic be made more sustainable? Greiner, a maker of plastic and foam products, will present two good ideas on this subject that the company’s own employees came up with. See them at the Festival September 6-10, 2018.

Diving into Deep Space with Noise Aquarium

Current scientific studies have shown with shocking examples that noise sources such as sonar and fracking are extremely harmful to large marine life. Noise also affects microscopic organisms such as plankton, as Victoria Vesna and her collaborators show in their interactive installation in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Festival 2018, where Victoria Vesna transforms the Deep Space 8K into an aquarium for visitors.