Semester Break at the Ars Electronica Center

Ars Electronica Center
Semester Break at the Ars Electronica Center

(Linz, February 13, 2019) Laser cutters, robots, virtual reality, and experiments with programmable materials await visitors of every age during the semester break at the Ars Electronica Center. On the Family Days, February 23 & 24, young and old will be able to take a look behind the scenes at the Ars Electronica Center and transform everyday objects into musical instruments in the Kids‘ Research Laboratory. Take note: the semester break is the last opportunity to visit the “New Images of Humankind” exhibition, as the Main Gallery will be closed for renovation work from February 25 through the end of May.

Otelo Futurespace—the Digital Playground
Wednesday, February 20 / 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. / Advance registration required: call 0732.7272.51 or email From February 21–24, the labs are also open to individual visitors during opening hours.
A tricky challenge awaits children in the Digital Playground: setting up a robot competition in only two hours. At eight different stations, children will learn skills they can use to solve tasks that will help them complete the final Robo Challenge. A workshop about robotics, virtual reality, digital production, data analysis, and process control.

Fully Plastic!

Wednesday, February 20 / 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. / Advance registration required: call 0732.7272.51 or email
What do “two-dimensional” and “three-dimensional” actually mean? At the workshop “Full Plasticity,” kids from 6 to 10 years can learn what dimensions are all about and experiment with different techniques and materials.

Pure Rocket Science
Thursday, February 21 / 09:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Advance registration required: call 0732.7272.51 or email
In the Kids‘ Research Laboratory, the universe becomes a huge place to learn and play, where it‘s all about spaceships, rockets, and satellites. Children will learn about the materials used to construct these flying machines and carry out experiments using various building materials.

Future Matters—the Material our Future Is Made of?
Thursday, February 21 / 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. / Family Days (Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24) also open for individual visitors, 2 p.m.–5:30 p.m. both days. Advance registration required for February 21: call 0732.7272.51 or email
Back in the 1960s, plastic was celebrated as a miracle material, but today scientists are engaged in research into intelligent (synthetic) materials. The goal is to develop materials that are tailored to our needs, can adapt to changing situations, and are ecologically sustainable. The workshop focuses on creative experimentation with programmable materials.

Family Days—Guided Tour: Behind the Scenes
Saturday, February 23 / 11 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The Ars Electronica Center lights up, beeps, and flashes. All sorts of screens, projectors, and computers are installed behind the scenes to guarantee an informative and entertaining visit to the museum. But where do all the cables go, and how do we keep all the different prototypes, art installations, and scientific equipment running? After a tour of our exhibition technology, we‘ll even take a stroll behind the scenes of the Ars Electronica Center.

Family Days – —Kids‘ Research Laboratory
Thursday, February 21 & Friday, February 22 / 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday February 23 & Sunday February 24 / 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Albert Einstein knew that “play is the highest form of research.” In the Kids‘ Research Laboratory at the Ars Electronica Center, we take Einstein’s idea to heart—the focus is on research, discovery, and understanding through play. Here, kids can transform everyday objects into musical instruments, design symmetrical stickers using a digital drawing board, and have their first experiences with programming.

Family Days – —Family Tour
Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24 / 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Children and adults are in for an exciting and eventful journey through the Ars Electronica Center, packed with lots of exciting ideas about the future.

Otelo Futurespace – The Digital Playground / Fotocredit: Martin Hieslmair / Printversion

Eine/keine/reine Raketenwissenschaft / Fotocredit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner / Printversion

Kinderforschungslabor / Fotocredit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner / Printversion