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(Linz, August 24, 2020) The Ars Electronica Festival will take place from September 9 to 13. And for the first time in its long history, the festival for art, technology and society will be taking place not only in Linz but at a total of 120 destinations around the world and on the Internet. On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Christl Baur (Co-Producer Ars Electronica Festival / Prix / Exhibitions) and Daina Silina (Project Coordination Festival) will present the Ars Electronica Gardens in Vilnius, Los Angeles and Buenos Aires. They will also outline the thematic focuses of the respective Gardens and talk about the symposia, exhibitions, installations and performances that will take place there during the Festival from September 9-13.
The Ars Electronica Garden in Buenos Aires
Muntref Arte y Ciencia in Buenos Aires is like a diverse ecosystem, a huge cultural garden that spreads over large flower beds. Since 2011 Muntref Arte y Ciencia has been a meeting place linking specialists from different disciplines, student groups and various institutions, which has led to a constantly growing network. With the Garden of Curiosity, Muntref Arte y Cienceia presents an interactive navigable visualization around cultural diversity. By navigating through this environment full of objects, words, sketches and sounds. By clicking on each of them, visitors gain access to audiovisual content linked to many different art and science projects.
The Ars Electronica Garden in Los Angeles
The UCLA ArtSci Center in Los Angeles presents Telluric Vibrations, a festival, including an exhibition, workshops and a symposium, which takes place at the UCLA Botanical Garden and virtual locations such as Mozilla Hubs, Zoom and YouTube. It aims to create spaces for interaction to bridge the gap between technologies and cultures. The exhibition will feature works by the ArtSci collective, a cross-generational group of current students, recent graduates and renowned artists. Installations and performances will be presented in the Botanical Garden, which can also be seen online via live video and augmented reality. The garden will not function as a mere backdrop, but as an integrated, collaborative environment.
The Ars Electronica Garden in Vilnius
The garden in Vilnius is located in the new cultural complex SODAS2123. Several dozen artists, researchers, students and professors will perform in this Hybrid Reality Garden, where the physical will merge with the living worlds of the creatures in and around it: from the protagonists themselves to the microorganisms. The garden takes up the visual and conceptual metaphor of a grove and builds its program around it. For 3 days and nights, activities in the real grove will be merged with a virtual grove through live streams and pre-recorded videos. Visitors will experience a hybrid reality including tree climbers, drones, pets, birds, rats and plants.
Ars Electronica 2020
9 – 13 September
A global journey mapping the ‘new‘ world
In Kepler’s Gardens
at JKU Campus, Linz
and 120 other locations worldwide
Ars Electronica 2020 is a journey to survey the “new” world and a journey through “Kepler’s Gardens”, which are located in Linz at the JKU Campus and at 120 other locations worldwide. In the course of this journey, we will discuss the important questions of our time, questions raised by the global corona crisis, and consider what we can and must do now. All the issues touched upon are marked by a general UNCERTAINTY and the question of how the crisis will shape and change us as individuals and as a society, us as HUMANITY. Two tensions in particular are in focus: AUTONOMY and DEMOCRACY as well as TECHNOLOGY and ECOLOGY.