Launch of collaborative research between Wacom and Ars Electronica Futurelab

Future Ink Project

Wacom Co., Ltd. (JP), Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT)

Ars Electronica Futurelab, Studio Floor
This part of the Open Futurelab Exhibition is only accessible via pre-booked guided tours.

The Future Ink Project is a collaborative research project between Wacom and Ars Electronica Futurelab to explore the possibility of creativity from all aspects of ink. As the world’s leader in pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface technologies, Wacom brings people and technology closer together through natural, intuitive interface solutions. Wacom supports creative communities across the globe in making this world a more creative place.

The journey of our project starts with one creative question – Where is My Soul? When we experience the performance of artists, as they pour their life, emotion, passion, and energy into that one moment, we are deeply moved and inspired in ways that we cannot explain. There is a special power in these creative moments, perhaps something similar to Kotodama – a Japanese belief that there are souls and mystical powers in the words that we express. It makes us wonder, what moves our souls? How do we capture and convey that special moment?

Through our journey, we have defined five core research concepts that explore creativity from diverse angles: Space Ink, AI Ink, Bio Ink, Body Ink, and Mind Ink. The objective of the project is not to find a specific answer but to continuously ask questions and conduct innovative and experimental research that are crucial to envisioning the future of creativity.

During the Ars Electronica Festival 2020, we invite you to a Journey to Future Ink Open Lab, where we will combine Wacom’s pen and tablet technology with Ars Electronica Futurelab’s advanced drone technology Spaxels to envision a future where we can draw in any space with a pen.


  • Wacom Co., Ltd. (JP)
  • Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT)