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.

Chairs and Tables for a Good Cause: Social Furniture

A very special contribution to the interior décor at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival is being made by Social Furniture, a project in which refugees work together with Austrian mentors to construct wooden furnishings. After the festival, these chairs, benches and tables will be donated to refugees and NGOs.

Yummy, Local, Organic: The Farmers’ Market at the Festival

The aroma of fresh bread and Upper Austrian regional delicacies will waft amongst busy festivalgoers in POSTCITY Linz once again on Saturday, September 8, 2018, the day of the BIO AUSTRIA Farmers’ Market. We got a foretaste in this interview.

The Busy Bees at Ars Electronica

Anyone who’s walked all the way upstairs at the Ars Electronica Center lately is sure to have already discovered them—Ars Electronica’s busy bees. Now, a webcam delivers live images of the hives and their approximately 200,000 industrious inhabitants. We recently met with Harald Wohlschlager, the beekeeper in charge of this project, and learned some things worth knowing about bees.

Linz, Naturally: Botany in Steel City

Nature downtown—couldn’t be much more than a few weeds amongst the concrete, could it? That’s what you think, says Friedrich Schwarz of Linz’s Botanical Garden! He goes into detail about the inner city’s hidden flora and fauna in “Linz, Naturally”, his ongoing series of talks in Deep Space. On April 19, 2018, his topic will be the forest. He gave us a preview in this interview.

“K-9_topology”: On Humans, Dogs and Bioethics

“K-9_topology,” a series of works by Slovenian artist Maja Smrekar, won last year’s Golden Nica in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Hybrid Arts category. In this interview, Maja Smrekar explains what’s behind these four projects, how dogs and wolves characterize her work, and which ethical questions she investigates.

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.

Feminism and Climate Change: UCLA at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival

The Campus exhibition that Linz Art University has hosted during the Ars Electronica Festival since 2002 extends an invitation to an art college from a foreign country to come to Linz and showcase the work being done there. This year’s guest is the University of California at Los Angeles. In this interview, Professor Victoria Vesna gives us a preview of UCLA’s exhibition, FEMINIST CLIMATE CHANGE: Beyond the Binary.

Turnton Docklands: Walk-through Environmental Dystopia and Possible Vision of the Future

The Linz-based artists’ collective Time’s Up builds walk-through worlds, physical narratives, in which every object tells a story. At Ars Electronica Festival September 7-11, 2017, festivalgoers will be able to experience one of them: “Turnton Docklands.” We talked to Time’s Up about this mix of environmental dystopia, social utopia and disturbing future scenario.

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FLY FACTORY – Are Insects the Food of the Future?

Well, in any case, Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson thinks it’s possible. His project is a breeding ground for flies whose larvae can be harvested and processed into foodstuffs. “Fly Factory” is now on display in the “EARTH LAB – Artists as Catalysts” exhibition in Moscow.