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.
Today, Manuela Naveau and Laura Welzenbach take Home Delivery viewers to South Africa, Spain and Ireland!
The Fak’ugesi Pan-African Garden in Johannesburg is a collaboration of partners, notably Vrystaat Arts Festival, the University of the Free State’s Program for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD) and Fak’ugesi Festival. Aligning with aims to power up Africa’s digital creative resolution, ignite imaginations and hardwire local talent, it will include digital art projects created during two weeks of lockdown, new initiatives to offer funding to artists on the African continent to make interactive media on issues of the continent, and commissions focusing on digital work that follow an African curator bootcamp.
In San Sebastian, Tabakalera and Ars Electronica kick off their collaboration and present a new artwork inspired by the known and unknown aspects of space exploration. The artist collective Quadrature will meet Astronomer Silvia Bonoli and Raul Angulo and collaborate on a new artwork. With the support of citizen science initiatives, the artists and scientists will transform scientific data into an extraordinary artistic installation that allows visitors to enter a space of wonder and astonishment. This project, as presented by Clara Montero (Cultural Director of Tabakalera), is a work in progress and the final result can be seen in September at Tabakalera as well as online at the Ars Electronica Festival.
The Science Gallery Garden in Dublin will showcase the best of the world’s only university network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. The Garden will explore trust, technology, global challenges, arts innovation and new forms of digital storytelling, featuring interactive workshops, experimental audio and visual experiences, livestreamed events and a specially-curated digital archive. Explore Dublin’s tech infrastructure through a virtual walking tour or experience a VR therapy session; visit exhibitions floating in digital space and discuss cultural transformation and new ways of learning. Take a behind-the-scenes look at how show-stopping arts and science exhibits come together. Read, listen and watch content from our global youth community, or just stop by to take a break from passive consumption and get your hands dirty at one of our live workshops.