What exactly is the Ars Electronica Futurelab? To open the lab’s latest artworks, research results and visions to the public, the Open Futurelab was launched in 2018 during the Ars Electronica Festival. Visitors can get a glimpse behind the scenes with Ars Electronica Futurelab team members through exhibitions, prototype demonstrations, talk sessions, workshops, performances and guided tours. The aim is not only to open up the lab, but also to create an open platform for Ars Electronica Futurelab’s partners from around the world to meet, discuss ideas and actions for the future and create new manifestos together.

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Open Futurelab 2020 Credit: Ars Electronica Futurelab Video: MinaPictures

The roots of the Open Futurelab lie in 2001: The Pixelspaces conference premiered, which was held annually until 2013. In pop-up manner, the Pixelspaces appeared not only at variable locations in the setting of the Ars Electronica and the festival, but also in the city center and the suburbs of Linz. They included symposia and exhibitions dealing with current issues in the field of digital culture.