Ars Electronica 2024 will take place in Linz from September 4 to 8 and will be dedicated to the title “HOPE – who will turn the tide”. Like never before, the Linz Festival for Art, Technology and Society will focus on artists, researchers, developers, activists, and entrepreneurs from all over the world. The main location will once again be POSTCITY, which is due to be demolished and will become a hotspot for the international media art scene for the seventh time.

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Festival for Art, Technology and Society

Visionary Music / Gerald Peter (AT), Photo: Markus Schneeberger
JIZAI ARMS / JIZAI ARMS project team (JP), The University of Tokyo (JP), Photo: Ars Electronica / Martin Hieslmair
Sian Proctor (US) speaking at the Ars Electronica Festival 2023, Photo: Markus Schneeberger

HOPE – who will turn the tide

Optimism is not the belief that things will somehow work out, but rather the confidence in our ability to influence and bring about improvement. And that perhaps best describes the essence of the principle of hope, not as a passive position, but as an active force that motivates us to keep going despite adversity.

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The epicenter of Ars Electronica 2024 will once again be POSTCITY. The themed exhibition, the STARTS exhibition—this year also with the award-winning projects from the first-ever STARTS Prize Africa—and the Ars Electronica Gardens Exhibition will be on display here. The theme symposium and the Big Concert night will take place here and last but not least, POSTCITY will once again become the playground for create your world, the future festival of the next generation.


Festival Mile in Downtown Linz

There will be eight additional festival locations in the city center; St. Mary’s Cathedral (Mariendom), Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, University of Arts Linz, Atelierhaus Salzamt, Ars Electronica Center, Stadtwerkstatt, Anton Bruckner Private University and, for the first time, the JKU MED Campus will be used.

Photo: tom mesic
Photo: Flightkinetic / Raffael Portugal
Photo: Mark Sengstbratl
Photo: JKU / Martin Steinkellner
Photo: Domcenter Linz
Photo: Linz Tourismus / Robert Josipovic
Photo: Simon Bauer
Photo: STWST
Photo: Ars Electronica / Martin Hieslmair

A first glimpse

Events & Concerts

Pre-opening walk through Linz

The traditional start of the festival week is the pre-opening walk on Tuesday, September 3, 2024.

The first stop is the JKU MED Campus (4:00 p.m.), where the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) of Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) shows selected projects by its students and teachers, the second stop is Lentos Kunstmuseum (5:30 p.m.), where the Prix Ars Electronica exhibition will be on display for the first time. It then continues at University of Arts Linz (7:00 p.m.), where the campus opens its doors and this time the Moholy-Nagy University of Budapest is presenting itself, and at Atelierhaus Salzamt (8:30 p.m.), where FH Hagenberg is putting on a show all about Interactive Media and Gaming.

Photo: JKU / Andreas Röbl
Vittore Carpaccio: Young Knight in a Landscape (1510), Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Photo: Hélène Desplechin

At the Ars Electronica Center (9:00 p.m.), the art historians and developers from Iconem Paris and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, together with Ars Electronica Futurelab, invite you to an immersive experience of world-famous art treasures in Deep Space 8K. Afterwards, night owls are in the right place at the Stadtwerkstatt (from 11 p.m.).

Photo: Florian Voggeneder
Photo: BruQner

Festival opening on the birthday

Wednesday, September 4, 2024, is not only the first day of the festival, but would also be the 200th birthday of the Upper Austrian composer and organist Anton Bruckner. Reason enough to hold this year’s festival opening in St. Mary’s Cathedral, where a team of artists, organists, computer scientists, and physicists not only perform Bruckner’s “Perger Prelude” but also have it conducted by entangled photons. What do you need for this? On the one hand the cathedral organs, on the other hand an experimental high-tech laboratory made of lasers, mirrors, polarizers, and non-linearcrystals. Bill Fontana’s Silent Echos can also be experienced in St. Mary’s Cathedral—the sound installation was created in cooperation with Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 and is a powerful artistic statement on the climate crisis.

From the ceremony to the nightline

The Prix Ars Electronica Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 5, 2024, and the next day, on Friday, September 6, 2024, the Cello Octet Amsterdam and visual artist Nick Verstand invite you to an unusual Big Concert night in the POSTCITY track hall. Eight musicians and eight robots stand on stage—the human protagonists “encircled” by meter-long mechanical arms—and form a “robotic cocoon”. In the second part of this evening, the Cello Octet Amsterdam will perform together with pianist Maki Namekawa. Afterwards, the Ars Electronica Nightline acts can be enjoyed until 4 a.m.

Cello Octet Amsterdam & Nick Verstand, Photo: Alex Heuvink
Jessiquoi, Ars Electronica Festival 2023, Photo:
11°22’4″142°35’5″ / Peter Holzkorn (AT), Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth-Fohringer (AT), Johannes Pöll (AT), Photo:
Dennis Russell Davies (US), Photo: tom mesic

Sound performances and orchestral sounds

On Saturday, September 7, 2024, Anton Bruckner Private University invites you to Sonic Saturday—and Ars Electronica Futurelab invites you to the Futurelab Night in Deep Space 8K. Sunday, September 8, 2024, Dennis Russell Davies and his Brno Philharmonic Orchestra— with the M-Concerto by Philip Glass and Maki Namekawa as soloist—will bring the Ars Electronica Festival 2024 to a close in the POSTCITY track hall.


Current trends and innovations in media art

The most important show of each festival is the Prix Ars Electronica exhibition. It will be shown for the first time in Lentos Kunstmuseum in 2024 and brings together outstanding submissions from the “New Animation Art” and “Interactive Art +” categories. The winning project of the “AI in Art Award”, this year awarded for the first time, will also be on display here.

Shadows from the Walls of Death / Adam Brown (US), Photo: tom mesic

The exhibition on this year’s festival theme will be staged in the extensive catacombs of POSTCITY. You can experience new works that were created as part of the European Media Art platform, such as the Compost as Superfood project by masharu, or the EU-funded network European Digital Deal, in which partner organizations such as Onassis Stegi (GR), waag (NL), Braga Media Arts (PT), the Center for the Promotion of Science (RS) or Kersnikova (SL). Also part of the themed exhibition is the Living Room project by Tiziano Derme and Nadine Schütz, which won a joint award with Pro Helvetia. Together with the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Latin American projects will be presented at the festival for the third time as part of the themed exhibition, this time focusing on the use of resources in Bolivia and Argentina. There are also artistic positions from Chile—continuing the seven-year collaboration with the Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio and the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile.

Living Room / Tiziano Derme (IT), Nadine Schütz (CH)
Ars Electronica Triangle of Sacrifice / Guely Morató Loredo (BO), Photo: Sonandes

On the first floor of the old postal distribution center— there is no entry fee—you can see the projects awarded with the European Commission’s S+T+ARTS Prize and S+T+ARTS Prize Africa, as well as the winning projects of the European Union Prize for Citizen Science. In the format of “State of the ART(ist),” this year’s Ars Electronica, together with the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, is once again presenting works by artists who are politically persecuted or threatened by environmental and natural disasters.

In collaboration with V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (NL), LEV Festival (ES), Kontejner (HR), iMAL (BE), and Chroniques (FR), the festival shows the exhibition “Realities in Transition” on Virtual & Extended Reality. The show is supported by the EU.

Under the title “Label4Future”, an EU-funded presentation will focus on artistic and creative practices that can be groundbreaking for the development of sustainable materials, circular economy, and the Green Deal. The project is being implemented together with Creative Industry Košice, the European Creative Business Network, and the Austria Wirtschaftsservice AWS.

At the Atelierhaus Salzamt, the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria—Campus Hagenberg is showing an exhibition about interactive media and gaming for the first time.

At the new festival location on the JKU MED Campus, students and teachers from Johannes Kepler University Linz present projects in which art and science merge in a unique way. The exhibition—as well as the open call that has already been concluded—is being designed and implemented by Linz Institute for Technology (LIT) at JKU.

Conferences, Talks and Workshops

Global perspectives and international dialogs

Lectures, discussions and workshops are another central part of the Ars Electronica program. Artists, developers, researchers and activists present their projects and positions for discussion. The most important formats include the three-day symposium on the festival theme, the S+T+ARTS Day organized in collaboration with DG Connect of the European Commission around innovation in and for the 21st century, a conference organized in collaboration with IT:U (Interdisciplinary Transformation University Austria) on the topic of education, a three-day symposium on the topic of Expanded Animation curated by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria—Campus Hagenberg and of course the artist talks at the Prix Ars Electronica.

Photo: Markus Schneeberger
Citizen Science Futures for Sustainability / Aleksandra Berditchevskaia (GB), Alexandra Albert (GB), Photo: tom mesic

Ars Electronica Campus

Refreshing perspectives and visions

From exhibitions to performances to conferences—the campus curated by the University of Arts Linz combines all festival formats. More than 30 universities from all over the world are expected in 2024. The Moholy-Nagy University of Budapest presents itself as a Special Featured University at Splace on Linz’ main square. The buildings of the University of Arts Linz on the main square include projects from Simon Fraser University Vancouver, the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) (CA), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (CN), Bauhaus University (DE) , the Royal College of Art (RCA) (GB), Korea National University of Arts (K-Arts) (KR), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the School of the Arts in Qatar (QA), the Interactive Materials Lab of the National University of Singapore (SG), National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), the Center for Technology and Art (TW), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Art and Technology Studies (ATS) (US).

Of course, the University of Arts Linz also uses the Festival Campus to present projects by its own students and teachers. Thematically, the focus is on seeing: What can we see and what not? How do we see? In order to be able to address these questions with the appropriate foresight, architecture students will build a tower on Linz’s main square. The Sound Campus and the exhibitions in the university buildings on the main square complete the program.

Triality / Interface Cultures Master Program (University of Art and Design Linz) and the Master Program Software Engineering and Human-Centered Computing (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg), Photo: Jürgen Grünwald
Agora Digitalis, Photo:

create your world

From Open Labs to Hebocon

This year’s edition of create your world will focus on mental health (especially of young people) and civil society activism. The multi-layered program again includes exhibitions, presentations, performances and hands-on experimental stations.

Hebocon: Contest of Low-Tech Robots / Open Commons Linz (AT), Ars Electronica create your world (AT), Photo: tom mesic
Photo: Emil Steixner

Ars Electronica Center

Digital Cultural Heritage in the Deep Space 8K

During the Festival, the Ars Electronica Center will focus on cultural heritage. Thanks to a cooperation with Iconem Paris, supported by the Institut Francais d’Autriche, visitors will be able to experience a giant 3D model of Notre-Dame Cathedral, which caught fire in 2019. The model is based on scans by art historian Andrew Tallon (1969-2018) – and is being prepared for Deep Space 8K by the Ars Electronica Futurelab team. The cooperation with the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid, supported by the Spanish Embassy in Vienna, focuses on the early Renaissance: gigapixel images of Vittore Carpaccio’s painting Young Knight in a Landscape (1510) will be on display.

Notre Dame 3D data from Andrew Tallon, in collaboration with Iconem
Pieter Claesz: Stillleben mit Glaspokal, 1642, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum / N. Lackner

Thanks to the collaboration with Iconem Paris supported by the Institut Français d’Autriche, visitors will be able to experience a giant 3D model of Notre Dame Cathedral that caught fire in 2019. The model is based on scans by art historian Andrew Tallon (1969-2018) and is being prepared for Deep Space 8K by the Ars Electronica Futurelab team.

The cooperation with Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid, supported by the Spanish Embassy in Vienna, focuses on the early Renaissance: Gigapixel images of Vittore Carpaccio’s painting Young Knight in a Landscape (1510) will be shown.

Together with the Kaiserschild Foundation, the Alte Galerie in Eggenberg Castle in Graz and other museums, works by the Dutch master and famous still life painter Pieter Claesz are presented. The contribution to Ars Electronica 2024 is part of the “Kaiserschild Art Defined” project, with which the foundation makes works taken from its own and other collections accessible to a broad public in an innovative way.

Festival for Art, Technology and Society

Since 1979, Ars Electronica has been keeping track of the ongoing digitalization of our living environment, exploring political, social, ecological and economic changes and taking a look at how we will shape technological progress in the future. As part of a global network of artists, scientists, developers, designers, entrepreneurs and activists, Ars Electronica continues to drive this curiosity forward and make it accessible to everyone. With its multifaceted exhibitions, inspiring conferences, impressive concerts, lively performances and dynamic interventions, the Ars Electronica Festival once again underscores its clear goal: to initiate a discourse and promote hopeful visions of the future.

Commissioned Projects

Throughout the year, we work with partners around the world to support artists by organizing open calls, curating exhibitions and conferences, and much more. The results of these commissions are presented at the Ars Electronica Festival in September.

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The Ars Electronica Festival 2024 is funded by the City of Linz, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Public Service and Sports, as well as the state of Upper Austria, and numerous sponsors and partner institutions.

We look forward to your visit!

September 4 – 8, 2024
Linz, Austria