Structures guided by the needs of the team, not the other way around

The Ars Electronica Futurelab’s team formation is comparable to a Jazz improvisation, which seems to be completely free of all rules except for structure. Listening carefully to everyone else, the researcher (musician) is doing their work, while improvising to the beat of the rest of the laboratory (band). This kind of dialogue, which is part of the daily routine at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, is fundamental to the system’s success. The fact that each member is an expert in their task might be crucial, but that is not enough. Only simultaneous reaction and virtuous performance make the Ars Electronica Futurelab Jam Session run like a clockwork.