Preparation works of the Creative Robotics exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center Linz.
Throwback: Creative Robotics

The exhibition "Creative Robotics" traced how industrial robots, outside their original use, became a medium of artistic and creative expression and a catalyst for the implementation of innovative ideas.

Swarm robotics up close

Drones merging to a digital canvas or painting with light: An Ars Electronica Futurelab workshop showcased the art of swarm robotics.

Origami, robotics and a new world of music

How do origami and robotics create music? The Ars Electronica Futurelab's new video presents the world of oribotic instruments.

The Telegarden at the Ars Electronica Center
Throwback: Telegarden

The Telegarden was an art installation that allowed web users to plant, water, and monitor the progress of seedlings in a garden from a distance.

Hiroshi Ishiguro & Geminoid
Throwback: Robots and Androids are among us

In 2009 and 2010, the Ars Electronica Center had special visitors of a somewhat different kind.

Inside Futurelab 25th Anniversary Series
Art Thinking

There are difficult questions waiting for creative answers

Inside Ars Electronica Futurelab: 25th Anniversary Series
Humanity and Robotinity

A society that is changing along with its technology needs a new form of humanity

Inside Ars Electrnica Futurelab: 25th Anniversary Series
The Art of Swarms

The Spaxels were just the beginning of a long journey into the future of the Ars Electronica Futurelab

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.

kollaborative robot in Deep Space 8K
Why trust robots?

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

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.

Open Futurelab at Ars Electronica Festival 2020

Every year during the Ars Electronica Festival, the Ars Electronica Futurelab opens its gates for the public and invites festival visitors to get to know its latest research findings and collaborative projects in a special, interactive format called Open Futurelab. In this blog post, we want to give you an overview of what you can expect from this year’s Open Futurelab and how, when and where you can take part.

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 last Big Concert Night in POSTCITY

It is the prelude to the first ever "AIxMusic Festival" and at the same time one of the last concerts to take place at POSTCITY Linz during the Ars Electronica Festival. We talked to Norbert Trawöger, the artistic director of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and Gerfried Stocker, the artistic director of Ars Electronica, about this fascinating place, Gustav Mahler and artificial intelligence.

Future in a Nutshell: Creative Robotics

What could the future of robotics look like? As part of the “Future in a Nutshell” lecture series organized by Ars Electronica Export for the plastic producer Greiner, Johannes Braumann, head of the Laboratory for Creative Robotics at Linz Art University, spoke about his work. He also shared some impressions with us in this interview.

Human and Machine, Dancing: SILK Fluegge

At the Ars Electronica Festival’s Big Concert Night on September 9, 2018, Silke Grabinger and two members of her SILK Fluegge troupe will dance to Symphonie Fantastique performed by the Bruckner Orchestra in the Gleishalle of POSTCITY Linz. Find out more in this interview.

AI and Robotics: “Imperfect Versions of Our Own Minds”

“The Fractured Mirror,” anthropologist and digital ethnographer Beth Singler’s talk at the Ars Electronica Festival’s Theme Symposium on September 7, 2018, will elaborate on artificial intelligence’s effects on us human beings. She gives us an introduction to her topic in this interview.

It’s Amazing How Creative Robotics Can Be!

They usually perform their tasks in huge factories or on construction sites, executing identical routines thousands or millions of times, over and over again. Or they vacuum our apartments, fully automatically. But things are different at the Ars Electronica Center. The Creative Robotics exhibition that opens on May 9, 2018 will show how robots are now being used in creative fields.

Rock Print: Building with Cable and Pebbles

The idea seems so simple—Rock Print, a STARTS Prize honoree, demonstrates how to build a large structure out of only gravel and wire. But behind the seeming simplicity is the difficulty of implementing the concept in real life. In this interview, Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio of ETH–Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich tell why the joint project with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT was such a surprise to both the construction industry and the STARTS Prize jury.

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.

The Wandering Artist Project

For her proposal to send a robot with artistic skills into outer space, robotics engineer Sarah Petkus was the recipient of an Honorary Mention from the 2016 art&science@ESA. In this interview, she talks about her plans for her upcoming residency at the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, about humane robots, and the essential elements that actually constitute a robot.

Martina Mara: "More Women in Robotics!"

Even in the 21st century, robotics R&D is still a male domain. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we discussed this issue with Martina Mara of the Ars Electronica Futurelab. She’s a media psychologist and director of robo-psychology.

Industrial Robots in the Service of Art

Part 2 of the “Creative Robotics” exhibition series premiered in February. This time, the focus is on robots that have normally been deployed in conjunction with industrial assembly processes but are now increasingly being used as catalysts for innovation in such fields as the graphic arts, design and architecture.

Industrial Robots Move beyond Their Natural Habitat

Robots are increasingly making their presence felt in everyday life. They vacuum our floors and mow our lawns. And hasn’t humankind long dreamed of mechanical helpers that could act autonomously, understand our needs, and perform arduous tasks we gladly dispense with?

Hack the Robot!

“Hack the Robot” offers pupils in grades 7 & up the opportunity to learn to program robots that are normally used in industrial manufacturing processes. What this actually entails is using electronic modules to construct new remote controls that let users hack into the robotic system.

Calligraphy robot draws portrait
Creative Robotics: Paint Me!

Humans have created robots to serve us as work-saving devices, but their capabilities now go far beyond that. The new “Creative Robots” exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center shows just how far. A chat with Johannes Braumann of Linz Art University and Wolfgang Schinnerl of KUKA Roboter CEE.

Lightpainting with KUKA robot
Light Painting - As If Rendered by a Robot

Chris Noelle has come up with a wrinkle that takes the photographic technique of light painting to the next level! He uses the precision and speed of an industrial robot to create “brushstrokes” of light in space.

Greetings, robot car!

Motorists will soon be sharing the road with robot cars on a daily basis. In cooperation with Mercedes-Benz, the Ars Electronica Futurelab is investigating ways to enable us to communicate effectively with the self-driving vehicles that are coming our way.

The Blind Robot at The Lab

The Blind Robot by Louis-Philippe Demers (CA) has received a Honorary Mention in Hybrid Art at the Prix Ars Electronica 2013. It was on display during the CyberArts 2013 at TOTAL RECALL - The Evolution of Memory and is part of The Lab, an exhibition curated by Ars Electronica for the ITU Telecom World 2013.

A Robot Conquers Outer Space

One small step for him, one giant leap for robot-kind. On the 4th of August 2013, the crew of the International Space Station ISS gains a new member. A robotic one, named Kirobo and only 34 centimeters in body height. His mission: having chats with the human astronauts. Being their moral support. Martina Mara from the Ars Electronica Futurelab met his creator Tomotaka Takahashi in Tokyo for – having a chat.