How real can virtual reality really be and what can you experience in it? Will we print our food with the 3-D printer in the future? And what possibilities are there to explore the activities of our brain, and how do we use these results? Look with us in the human body, find out what scientists are doing today, and meet artworks with current technological developments. You can do all this and lots more in the MainGallery of the Ars Electronica Center Linz!

New Views of Humankind Overview Plan


The featured installation, “New Views of Humankind,” is something truly extraordinary. This exhibit consists of four domains—laboratories, if you will: BrainLab, which makes you aware of how you perceive your surroundings and all that your brain leads you to believe as you do so; BioLab, the place to go for hands-on experience with state-of-the-art microscopes amidst cloned plants; FabLabthat lets you take the fabrication technology of tomorrow out for a spin today; and the new VRLab, where you can immerse yourself in fictional worlds with so-called VR-glasses and learn more about the history of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality.


No matter which direction your curiosity takes you, you’ll get your hands on stuff you’ve never encountered, and you’ll see some things you’ve most assuredly never seen before. Experience how exciting and even thrilling, how promising but also how risky, science and R&D can be.


Just because all our labs are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, that doesn’t mean that experts are the only ones who’ll feel comfortable. Nearly everything on display here can be operated by anyone. There are no prerequisites; check your inhibitions at the door. It’s all up to you—enjoy a fun, hand’s-on, learning-by-doing approach to innovation!