For the third round of the ArtScience Residency Rainald Schumacher met artist Špela Petrič, the winner of the 2023 edition, for an interview.

Laurie Anderson: Creating, Evolving, Experiencing

What characterizes a "Pioneer of Media Art"? Laurie Anderson connects art with technology and opens new musical paths with her inventions.

How to "resist like bacteria"

Find out what we can learn from bacteria and why the future lies in collaborative resistance through the artists behind the project "Bi0film.net - Resist like Bacteria".

Is this a man's world? Acknowledging gender bias in AI

Artificial Intelligence is fast becoming a major driving force of the rapidly accelerating digital transformation. Therefore, we have the responsibility to confront and question the gender biases inherent in AI models and seek ways to mitigate them.

Holly+: Come and sing like Holly Herndon!

"It takes a village to create something special" and Holly Herndon and her team have succeeded in doing just that. In the interview, she presents her machine learning project in more detail, for which she has now received the European Commission's STARTS Prize 2022.

I see you: (in)visibility and equality in a new digital world

As Ars Electronica is a platform for those who see the future as the responsibility of our time and face it with social activation and empowerment, the last festival hosted projects which focused on making different realities and identities visible.

The Woman on the Picture

Gustav Klimt and Rebecca Merlic placed the image of the woman at the centre of their artistic work - an analysis.

Merlic meets Klimt - the image of women then and now

On April 28, 2022, Gustav Klimt's images of women will be in the spotlight. In this article, Franz Smola and Rebecca Merlic give you an insight into the topic of images of women.

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.

How to manage an organization like Ars Electronica

This is the question posed by participants in a new training program for cultural producers that provides insights into the way Ars Electronica works.

Bio Ink, Ars Electronica Futurelab
Bio Ink - Co-Creation with nature

Co-creating artworks together with microscopic organisms has an impact on how we perceive the world, the way we live, and what it means to be alive.

It's a wrap! This was the first ArtScience Residency enabled by Art Collection Deutsche Telekom

AI, bias, listening infrastructures and art: Laura Welzenbach, Head of Ars Electronica Export, is looking back at the first year of the ArtScience Residency enabled by Art Collection Deutsche Telekom.

LOOPS OF WISDOM: an artistic guide to action

Exhibitions, presentations, performances, interventions, workshops and lab settings as well as a discursive platform: LOOPS OF WISDOM, the exhibition of the Linz University of Art and Design in the course of the Ars Electronica Festival, is actually much more than that.

The Voice of the Future

As part of the ArtScience Residency Program enabled by the Art Collection Telekom artist Kyriaki Goni is working on a project that focuses on the voice of digital assistants and the problem of surveillance.

Textiles dyeing with Bacteria

No harmful chemicals, significantly lower water consumption. Julia Moser explains how pigment bacteria are used to color clothing. (German language)

Step into Space

Wanted: Our place in the universe. Found: A team that combines humans and AI to answer fundamental questions. Sarah Petkus and Mark J. Koch aim to educate artificial intelligence to become an individual.

Rebecca Merlic: Making The City Your Own

Imagine giving up everything: Your bed, your kitchen, your bathroom, your apartment. From now on you live, eat and sleep in public space. Rebecca Merlic has been awarded the Marianne.von.Willemer.2020 Prize for Digital Media for the artistic realization of this experiment.


A prairie in the Wild West, a futuristic pirate island on the ocean, people dancing at Burning Man - what images emerge in front of your inner eye when you hear THE WILD STATE?

Christine Schöpf: "40 Years Are Enough!"

Christine Schöpf has accompanied Ars Electronica since its founding in 1979. Now, on the occasion of the 2020 Prix Ars Electronica, she says "40 years are enough" and takes leave of her official posts.

Women in Media Arts: Does AI think like a (white) man?

"Women in Media Arts" is an Ars Electronica database specifically dedicated to women in media arts. In this series, we introduce you to female media artists and their work, starting with the question: Does AI think like a (White) man?

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.

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.

nobody gets involved: Marianne.von.Willemer Prize 2018

Viennese artist starsky has won the 2018 Marianne.von.Willemer Prize for digital media with her guerilla projection tour “niemand mischt sich ein” (“nobody gets involved”). In this interview she tells about her activist and feminist work.

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.

Featured Artist: Elisabeth Schimana

Where are all the women in electronic music? This question has been posed since the 1990s by Elisabeth Schimana, a music pioneer who’s the Featured Artist at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival September 6-10, 2018. In Linz, she’ll present “Hidden Alliances,” a selection of her works on this subject.

Enter Now: The Marianne.von.Willemer Prize for Digital Media

Once again this year, the City of Linz, dorfTV and Ars Electronica are jointly staging a competition to honor outstanding works of media art by women. The entry deadline is July 15, 2018. Contestants will be vying for the Marianne.von.Willemer Prize for Digital Media. We found out more in this interview.

I’m Humanity: Music for Eternity

Her idea for a way to make music live on beyond humankind’s eventual extinction and to use DNA as the medium to transport this information for eternity garnered Japanese musician Etsuko Yakushimaru the 2017 STARTS Prize. In this interview, she explains her concept of “post-humanity music” and gives her take on mutations that randomly occur when genetic information is passed on from generation to generation.

“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.

Papercraft and Animation: A Diorama for Sacher

As part of the makeover of Café Sacher Eck in Vienna, Ars Electronica Solutions implemented three innovative projects on the premises of this traditional Viennese landmark. A core element of this collaborative effort is a diorama in which Sacher Moments are played out amidst a papercraft model of the Sacher complex featuring playful animated sequences. In this interview, we learn more from Daniela Leitner and Sandra Reichl, the two designers who executed this concept.

Sound, Light and Pick-up Sticks: Waltraut Cooper

The “Waltraut Cooper. Light and Sound” exhibition co-produced by the Ars Electronica Center is running until January 21, 2018 at Landesgalerie Linz. We spoke with media artist Waltraut Cooper about media art in the 1980s, her fascination with light, and her works on display at Landesgalerie.