Following last year’s brilliant 40-year festival, which brought more artists, exhibitors and international experts to Linz than ever before, this year Ars Electronica is going on a journey, or rather the festival itself is becoming a journey – a journey through “Kepler’s Gardens”, which are not just located in Linz at the JKU Campus but also 120 other locations worldwide. 120 locations between Tokyo and Los Angeles, where universities, museums, galleries, clubs, communes and businesses will hold hundreds of exhibitions, conferences, performances, concerts and workshops that are aimed at the local audiences. And in Linz too the festival will present itself differently than in previous years. Until the festival begins we will be exploring gardens all over the world, with special Inside Festival live streams, as part of Ars Electronica Home Delivery. In Linz there will again be many opportunities for locals to engage with this year’s themes of Autonomy–Democracy, Ecology–Technology, Humanity and Uncertainty at many locations in the city. Besides the programme at the Kepler Garden of Johannes Kepler University, presented by rector Meinhard Lukas, Christa Sommerer will give information about the happenings at the University of Art and Design and Christoph Kremer will speak about the special projects that will be showcased in the Deep Space 8K at Ars Electronica Center.