25 years, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Alchemists of the Future
This was Ars Electronica Futurelab's Birthday Party

On its anniversary on September 9, the Ars Electronica Futurelab celebrated the lab's visionaries. With talks and discussions, guided tours and performances - and lots of new ideas for the future.

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.

Oribokit: Origami Robot DIY Kit
ORIBOKIT™ How to build robotic origami

With Oribokit™, a DIY kit for origami robots, Matthew Gardiner aims to collectively cross the boundaries between art and science towards the future.

Ars Electronica Futurelab 25th Anniversary
25 years Ars Electronica Futurelab

The past, present and future of the lab in eight episodes on Ars Electronica Home Delivery

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 Deep Space has a soul"

With fascination we go on a time travel back to the 90s - to the "Cave", a multimedia room in the recently opened Ars Electronica Center where you could float through walls... A lot has changed since then, both technically and contentwise.

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.

Academy of Error: Antimatter Physicist Michael Doser

The Academy of Error at the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival is bringing international experts in science and research to Linz to reflect on how to come to terms with error. Michael Doser, an antimatter physicist at CERN who will moderate this event on September 9th, gave us a few advance insights into mistakes, research and chance.

Future Innovators Summit: Innovative thinkers wanted!

For the fifth time, the Future Innovators Summit at the Ars Electronica Festival is looking for the ultimate creative questions. The Open Call by Hakuhodo and Ars Electronica is aimed at artists, designers, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, social activists and philosophers. Hideaki Ogawa reports on what awaits the participants this September in Linz. The deadline for entries is July 25, 2018!

The first 3-D printed steel bridge

By building the world’s first 3-D printed metal bridge, MX3D and the Joris Laarman Lab have provided proof that the MX3D process they have jointly developed makes it possible to create metal objects and structures of any size that are aesthetically pleasing as well as intelligent. They were awarded the STARTS Prize of the European Commission. Gijs van der Velden explains in an interview how this was achieved.

Gallery of Code: Prototypes for Africa

Gallery of Code in Abuja, Nigeria is a multidisciplinary lab that Oskar Ekponimo has established with the support of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Ars Electronica and other partners. Its target audience is the country’s young generation of students and entrepreneurs. This is where art meets science, talks team up with workshops, and ideas lead to prototypes.

BR41N.IO Hackathon: On Your Marks, Get Set, Hack!

This event is the first of its kind at the Ars Electronica Festival—the BR41N.IO Hackathon demands high performance from hackers and designers, who’ll have 24 hours beginning at 11 AM on Friday, September 8th to conjure up projects based on brain-computer interfaces. To find out how this Hackathon will happen, what sort of stuff will come out of it, and who can register, read on.

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.

Get Inspired

“GET INSPIRED – Promising Projects at the Nexus of Art, Technology and Science” was the theme of a showcase of innovative projects based in Linz and Upper Austria staged yesterday by Ars Electronica in cooperation with a regional association of young businesspeople. Join us for a look back at an inspiring evening.

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.

Future Innovators Summit 2016: Creating Agendas for Tomorrow

Since its inception at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2014, The Future Innovators Summit (FIS) has grown and developed into a reputable frame and a new model for creative discussions about the future. This year is the culmination of 3 year’s experience and collaborative partnerships which has led to an expanded format and a significant increase of applicants for the open call.

Ciphering Beyond Prototypes Ars Electronica Festival 2016
Presenting: The Alchemists of Our Time

The theme of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival is RADICAL ATOMS – and the alchemists of our time. But who are these people, actually? In the theme exhibition, you’ll find out all about the artists, scientists, activists and entrepreneurs whose unorthodox approaches and inspiring projects are bound to make an impact on our future. In so-called Artist Labs, 12 of them are each presenting several of their works. Learn what awaits you here.

RADICAL ATOMS: When Visions Become Tangible

Prof. Hiroshi Ishii is the director of the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group. His team’s mission is to envision new forms of human-machine interaction and to enable us to experience and grasp the ideas of tomorrow today. His vision of RADICAL ATOMS also inspired this year’s Ars Electronica Festival theme.

The Essential Challenge of Interactive Art

What does interactive actually mean? We touch something and then experience the upshot of that act? Or does interactivity already come about when we view an image? Victoria Vesna, a 2016 Prix Ars Electronica juror, talked to us about defining interactive art, and elaborated on something she learned about it from media artist Roy Ascott.

Alexander Mankowsky
"Nurture contrarians rather than mainstream thinking"

March 13, 2016 is the deadline for entries to Ars Electronica’s search conducted under the auspices of the European Commission for innovative projects at the nexus of science, technology and art. Alexander Mankowsky, a futurist on the staff of Daimler AG and a STARTS juror, recently talked to us about the trailblazing role of art and the framework conditions for an innovative Europe.