Ars Electronica Research Institutes
An initiative of the Ars Electronica Futurelab is represented by the Ars Electronica Research Institutes, consisting of the Ars Electronica Research Institute Knowledge for Humanity (by Eveline Wandl-Vogt) and the Ars Electronica Research Institute Auditory Cultures (by Werner Jauk). This organizational form acts as an open membrane for Ars Electronica, allowing closer collaborations with the academic world. After its first incarnation as an Ars Electronica Research Institute last year, Eveline Wandl-Vogt’s Ars Electronica Research Institute Knowledge for Humanity will also host a program at this year’s festival.
Garden of … Knowledge for Humanity
Garden of … Knowledge for Humanity reflects on the most recent work by the Ars Electronica Research Institute Knowledge for Humanity, in its global and unique context bridging the gap between academic knowledge and socially relevant applications.
In this years’ interactions, the mission statements of last year are introduced as live experiments that you can be an active part of.
The presented work is focused on the following three core areas:
- Digital humanism and critical reflections on technology
- Knowledge for Emergency – COVID19 related experiments and interactions
- Accelerating /academic/ knowledge to reach the Sustainable Development Goals
It reflects our approaches:
- of Humanity Centered Design (Federico Donelli)
- of art-based, experimental knowledge co-creation
- against a background of Open Innovation methods and practices / in science.
Garden of … Knowledge for Humanity celebrates the wealth of diversity, addressing various formats and audiences, through:
- analogue canvases and interactive visualizations
- virtual, participatory interactions
- speculative future design experiments
This series of interactions is curated by Eveline Wandl-Vogt and uniquely designed for Ars Electronica Festival 2020, especially against the backdrop of COVID19-related virtualizations.
You are invited on a journey of discovery aiming to drive social, innovation-based activism and to critically reflect on what we call “intelligence” (artificial and human likewise) by stimulating you to join the community of purpose that is Ars Electronica Research Institute Knowledge for Humanity.
Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Nirmala Menon, Dario Rodrighiero, Elian Carsenat
Panel discussion: As this virus, and maybe further to come, affects the world and our way of living, we are aiming to explore pioneering research and action based art and design. During the time of social distancing and quarantining, it has become evident that even with the principles of science and technology that provide us with access to practical methods for securing our lives, humanities-based principles and skillsets have played a key role in enabling us to evolve. In light of this, we might want to rethink our approach to future living.
Niki Ernst, Eveline Wandl-Vogt
A 4-Sessions dive deep into the Exponential Mindset. An interaction series to consider the SDGs from an exponential growth strategies perspective.
Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Niki Ernst, Claudia Falkinger, Peter Zehetbauer, Wolfgang Preisinger, Elisabeth Füssl, Penesta Dika, Aleyda Rocha Sepulveda; lightning talk: Jeffrey Schnapp
Co-Envisioning Mobility Infrastructures – The challenges facing cities around the globe are complex and multidisciplinary by nature. Attempting to solve them in conventional linear ways is insufficient for addressing these manifold human-environment relationships that are at the heart of these challenges. Alternative approaches are necessary.
Accelerating Knowledge for the SDGs: Life streamed session – The work developed from a two-year long investigation into ‘architectures of difference’, is based on a postcard in sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s collection (circa 1952), in a note she refers to this in terms of the space between people: it’s relational and social aspects. The piece also evolved from considering the punctuations found in our cities’ grounds, and how these contribute to developing a sense of attachment and belonging, which is at the basis of wellbeing (eg. Lived Dialectics, 2016, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna; Seeds of Attachment, 2016/18, New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge).
Dario Rodrighiero, Elian Carsenat, Gabriel Carsenat, Eveline Wandl-Vogt
COVID19 is a fire accelerator. We were using the time of the lockdown to deepen our transnational collaboration and think on how we can apply our knowledge and skills to current real world problems related to the pandemics. This visualization based on the recently developed biocultural diversity index and lexical distances. This work is unpublished up to now and unique.
Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Atiq Hashmi, Andreas Brandner, Louise Deininger
Virtual co-design session – Knowledge is at the heart of sustainable development. The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals requires therefore effective knowledge management. However, knowledge needs to be understood in regional, societal, historic and cultural context. Art and culture are essential to the understanding of knowledge, specifically when knowledge – and its various aspects and processes – is reflected as a subject of art. Beyond reflecting knowledge, art is also a medium of knowledge, like articles or books.
metaLAB (at) HARVARD
Eight experiments in the computational curation of collections – Curatorial A(i)gents consists in eight machine-learning-based experiments in and around museum collections and data sets developed by members and affiliates of metaLAB (at) Harvard, an idea foundry, knowledge-design lab, and production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities.
Matthew Battles, Max Haarich, Aleyda Rocha Sepulveda, Eveline Wandl-Vogt
Towards Inclusive, Sustainable Futures – The experimental “methodathon” is part of a series of “algorithm inventarium sprints” related to the project Algorithm Inventarium (AI+): diverse co-creation interventions combining action research approaches for accelerating the collaborative auditing of algorithms (e.g. by applying gamification techniques for data awareness, or auditing through interfaces). The aim of this session in connection with the ars electronica festival community is to identify, co-create and/or discuss specific methods, protocols and experiments for participatory research in the spirit of citizen science and community-based research in Vienna.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Curated by Eveline Wandl-Vogt
Anglia Ruskin University (UK)
Arts Council England (UK)
Austrian Academy of Sciences (AT)
Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (US)
British Council (UK)
Cambridge School of Art (UK)
Community Creates Mobillity Ecosystem (AT)
Embassy of the Republic of Užupis to Munich
exploration space (AT)
FACTUM-apptec Ventures (AT)
Fondazione Bevilacqua LaMasa (IT)