The Ars Electronica Futurelab Ideas Expedition is an internal competition of ideas within the Ars Electronica Futurelab intended to creatively explore the technological and social circumstances of our time. Introduced in 2020, the Ideas Expedition aims to encourage internal talents and collaborations by allowing the laboratory’s team members to use their creativity and expertise for developing ideas for future projects without limitation to existing research areas or fields of activities of the Futurelab.
It is designed as a yearly open call for projects of all forms: from performances, scientific works, interactive sound environments, software projects, design concepts, installations, books, musical compositions, games to art — every idea is welcome, as long as it is positioned against the background of the Ars Electronica Futurelab and the Ars Electronica, especially considering its relevance for and impact on society’s future and the further development of the Ars Electronica Futurelab. All Ars Electronica Futurelab members can apply for funding of a project idea, and collaboration among team members is highly encouraged. Once a project has been accepted by the jury, the Explorers are mentored by experienced project managers throughout the project realization.
The jury is made up of the three Ars Electronica Futurelab directors, Horst Hörtner, Roland Haring and Hideaki Ogawa, all three providing years of experience in recognizing the potential of project ideas. If need be, the jury is allowed to invite additional jurors, opening the selection process to other members of the laboratory, members of the Ars Electronica and even external experts from the fields of arts and science.
Although this year’s Ars Electronica Futurelab Ideas Expedition was the first one and a bit of a trial run, more than 20 project ideas were submitted. The jury had a hard time picking the most promising project ideas and in a long review process decided on three projects to be realized. Besides the winners, the jury awarded six other projects with honorary mentions. These are projects that were deemed convincing in their potential but the creators were encouraged to keep refining their ideas. All of these project ideas are exhibited as part of this year’s festival.
A physical swarm and herd simulation
Migrate simuliert Herdenverhalten und Migrationsmuster in spekulativen Roboterökosystemen und ermöglicht es uns, Muster des Wettbewerbs und der Kooperation in einem System von „Spezies“ zu entdecken.
The Zen Machine
The Zen Machine explores the role of machines in the context of spirituality and religion. The concept envisions a robot taking the place of a monk and maintaining a Zen garden. Can a machine, which is traditionally intended to execute functional or repetitive tasks, really fulfill this role or is spirituality reserved solely for humans?
Essential Hub Project
The Essential Hub Project transforms Ars Electronica, an international creative institution, into an essential hub at the time of crisis to help our society in need.
Eine Installation, bei der der “wahre“ Ist-Zustand aus Nachrichtenartikeln in Echtzeit analysiert wird.
Hollow words aims to create a tool which displays diversity of news reports in a more creative and broader spectrum as to recognize the importance and ability to not get lost in our own echo chambers. It displays the external but also the internal perception, but in context of delayed time. The core of the installation is the evaluation of collected news article data using Natural Language Processing (NLP).
Creation of A.I.dam
Creation of A.I.dam ist eine moderne Interpretation von Michelangelos Die Erschaffung Adams. Der Besucher bzw. die Besucherin legt sich auf eine Skulptur, die dem Hintergrund von Michelangelos Werk ähnelt, und blickt in Richtung Adam. Streckt nun der Besucher seine bzw. die Besucherin ihre Hand in Adams Richtung, entsteht eine dreidimensionale Projektion einer Hand, die versucht, der menschlichen entgegenzukommen.