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(Linz, 14.9.2020) It was very different. But it was a huge success. The first hybrid Ars Electronica in the era of Corona. “It wasn’t easy, but it was absolutely the right decision to let the festival take place,” Gerfried Stocker said in a first review. On site, everything went smoothly – the security concept worked, and the requirements were understood and accepted by the audience. And it was virtually sold out, the first “Kepler’s Garden” on the beautiful campus of the Johannes Kepler University Linz. “We offered 3,490 tickets and we issued them all,” Gerfried Stocker is pleased to report. “It’s really great that even in times of a pandemic there are obviously many people who are happy about cultural offerings and take advantage of them in a responsible way.” The Festival Mile in the city center with the OK in Upper Austria’s Kulturquartier (1,664 visitors), the University of the Arts (1,284 visitors) and the Ars Electronica Center (2,223) was well attended and registered 5,171 visitors. Last but not least, the physical presence of 668 artists in Linz was also very gratifying because it’s no longer a matter of course to bring so many people together for an event.
As far as the online presence of the first truly hybrid Ars Electronica is concerned, the interim results are also very positive. “We’ve streamed a continuous program on four YouTube channels over the past five days without any noteworthy technical problems. As expected, the first echo came from the social media and is very gratifying.