In collaboration with corporate partners, Ars Electronica Japan applies an artistic perspective for extracting issues and social implementations from consulting to research and development.
Think slow, act fast. This is the mantra of the Collective Transformation Lab – an enlightening self-reflection platform established as a collaboration between Godot, a Japan-based start-up company focusing on AI technology that inspires behavior change in human beings, and the Ars Electronica Futurelab. The goal of the platform is to deeply understand human behavior and to stimulate collective transformation by overcoming biases through the transparent and humane use of AI.
“Data science,” the exploration of its use, and the “data scientists” who specialize in this field are becoming increasingly important. The Ars Electronica Futurelab, in collaboration with Toyota Coniq Alpha in Japan, is envisioning “Data Art & Science,” a new interdisciplinary field that incorporates artistic perspectives on future transformations based on data science.
Ricoh, Art and Program, and Ars Electronica Futurelab have launched a collaborative research project in August 2022 with the mission to inspire and support human creativity in the future workplace. The project aims to develop innovative technologies, spaces, and services that enhance team creativity and foster mutual care among future teams.
Life Ink captures the life data of human bodies and brains by using sensory wearables that measure brain waves and body signals to create a new form of “ink”. In this way, the human body becomes a tool and means of expression that reflects us on a conscious and subconscious level, revealing aspects of ourselves that in turn inspire our creativity.
Global impacts of the Russian war on Ukraine
Dataspace proposes a „newspaper of the future“: Here, the Ars Electronica Futurelab and financial newspaper Nikkei’s Innovation Lab demonstrate, how art and journalism can help to listen carefully to facts and think deeply rather than just consuming and reacting to news. The first project focuses on the profound impact Russia’s war on Ukraine has all around the world now and in the future – inviting visitors into a sort of Zen garden of data, using the unique infrastructure of Deep Space 8K.
Future Mobility Lounge was a talk and workshop event on future mobility and sustainability, jointly organized by Hyundai Mobility Japan, which is Hyundai Motor Company’s Japanese subsidiary, and the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
Tokyo, March 14-31, 2021
"Resonant Media — Possibilities of 8K Visualization" takes an artistic and scientific approach to explore the new possibilities of 8K from diverse perspectives. As part of the “8K Future Projects” collaboration between Japan’s largest public broadcaster NHK and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, the exhibition presents a diverse range of projects that explore the future of 8K. The exhibition was held in Shibuya, Tokyo from March 14 to March 31, 2021.
The Future Ink Project is a collaborative research project between Wacom and Ars Electronica Futurelab to explore the future of creativity from all aspects of ink. The journey of the project started in 2020 with one creative question — Where is My Soul? In 2021, we continue to explore the concept from three diverse perspectives under the concept of "Noise".
The Japanese telecommunications company NTT and the Ars Electronica Futurelab have been investigating these questions since 2017 and have repeatedly been able to present new results and approaches to their cooperation in recent years. While the focus of the joint research was initially on drone based navigation and signage, the approach quickly expanded to more complex applications of swarm technologies using both drone and ground robots.
Since 2015, together with Japan’s largest public broadcaster NHK, the Ars Electronica Futurelab has been pursuing questions about the future of the next generation of 8K ultra-high definition TV technology.
NHK meets Deep Space 8K offers a glimpse into the joint research project between the Ars Electronica Futurelab and NHK, Japan’s largest public broadcasting organization.
Ars Electronica Festival Linz, September 6-10, 2018
Himatsubushi is a Japanese term for playful time killing. Hima emerges when a meeting is canceled, you’re waiting for a delayed train or waiting for the app to be downloaded. These are wasted times, empty times, free times, void times – where nothing needs to be done, times that are not spent efficiently or used productively. For the first time the Ars Electronica Festival is climbing the heights of the roof of POSTCITY.
The Future Innovators Summit is a creative system developed by Ars Electronica Futurelab and Hakuhodo. Now in its fifth year, it gathers experienced professionals as well as young entrepreneurs and social activists, technicians and scientists, and of course artists and designers at the Ars Electronica Festival in September in Linz for mutual inspiration and the exchange of ideas and know-how.
Tokyo Midtown, May 25 — 27, 2018
The Future Innovators Summit is a creative system developed by Ars Electronica Futurelab and Hakuhodo. For FIS Tokyo, the concept was extended to imagine “Tokyo as a Laboratory for our Future.”
Japanese telecommunications giant NTT and the Ars Electronica Futurelab have been working together since 2017 on how to use drones—aka unmanned aerial vehicles—as a means of communication. The Sky Compass project laid the groundwork in 2017; now, Swarm Compass takes this initiative to the next level.
Swarm Arena is the latest outcome of joint research efforts by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Japanese telecommunications giant NTT. The collaboration started in 2017 with the aim to work on using unmanned aerial or ground vehicles (UAVs and UGVs) as a means of communication.
In an interactive installation designed especially for the Ars Electronica Center’s Deep Space 8K, the popular computer game was screened on the multimedia presentation space’s 16-by-9-meter wall & floor projection surfaces.
Now in its fourth year, Future Innovators from different cultures and backgrounds and from different fields such as artists, designers, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, social activists and philosophers will gather in September in Linz to explore new ways of collective brainstorming and creative prototyping on the crucial questions of the future.
Since 2014, Hakuhodo and Ars Electronica have collaborated in its joint project “Future Catalysts.” To further expand its activities, the two institutions have launched a mission driven, innovation community named “ARS ELECTRONICA TOKYO Initiative (AETI).
Collaborative brainstorming and the creative development of questions having to do with humankind’s future, education and the digital commons—that’s the mission of the Future Innovators Summit.
In fulfilling its function as a pop-up lab, PostCity is morphing into an open setting for research. By making a contribution to the People Thinking Wall, a festivalgoer becomes a Radical Atom in human form and can also consider what her/his peers think about issues of key importance to our future.
Nippon Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (NTT), one of Japan’s leaders in Telecommunication and Ars Electronica Futurelab join forces to research on user experience enhancement through the fusion of ICT and art.
Nippon Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (NTT), one of Japan’s leaders in Telecommunication and Ars Electronica Futurelab join forces to research on user experience enhancement through the fusion of ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) and art.
In 2014, Ars Electronica launched the collaborative project Future Catalysts together with Japan’s premier advertising agency Hakuhodo. In particular, the project seeks to create new forms of interaction between “art” and the domain of “industry”, so crucial to social formation.
Focused on this demand, Elekit has already been a provider for ecological products, considering solar and new energies. Futurelab’s collaboration with Elekit, therefore, has resulted in Candlescape, a solar energy based creative kit where people can construct their own worlds inside this magical candle.
SWITCH was an edutainment kit designed to create subtle entertainment in our life by combining a sensor and content. This project was a collaborative research between Ars Electronica Futurelab and ELEKIT, known for their educational electronic kits, they commercialize edutainment media and kits for future interaction designers.
Ars Electronica Futurelab and Honda R&D were conducting collaborative research into the next generation-relationship between humans and robots. From industrial robots supporting the production process to humanoid robots, many researchers have explored the range of possibilities for robots.
Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO made its public debut in Austria at the Ars Electronica Festival 2010. Festivalgoers had the opportunity to experience an extraordinary demonstration of ASIMO’s capabilities. The site of this up-close-and-personal human-robot encounter was the Deep Space at the Ars Electronica Center.