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(Linz, 26.4.2021) Get to know lots of virtual worlds from 25 years of Ars Electronica Futurelab, enjoy music by Maurice Ravel and Johann Sebastian Bach at a top-notch piano concert, and learn how and why we should become “Digital Humanists”- Ars Electronica Home Delivery is once again offering a number of new programs this week, and is also delivering many other fascinating clips to watch right in your living room, kitchen, office, kids’ room or classroom.

Inside Futurelab: 25th Anniversary Series – Episode 1 – Virtual Worlds
TUE 27.4.2021 / 6 p.m.

In 2021, the Ars Electronica Futurelab celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Ars Electronica Home Delivery will be presenting a new chapter in the Lab’s history every month throughout this year, including important turning points and milestones. On Tuesday evening, Roland Haring, Director at the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Johannes Lugstein, Lead Developer at the Ars Electronica Futurelab will be focusing on virtual worlds. Also on show will be „Deep Virtual“, an application developed specifically for Deep Space 8K that will be developed step by step over the course of the next episodes and will provide an impressive backdrop for the presentations, talks and discussions. In addition, Haring and Lugstein will focus on Deep Space 8K as an immersive research and media space and will also show historical projects such as the “Cave,” “Humphrey,” “Gulliver’s World” and “Papyrates Island.” Another six episodes will be dicated to “Poetic Systems”, “Swarms & Bots”, “Robots & Robotinity”, “Computation & Beyond”, “Creative (Artificial) Intelligence” and “Art Thinking”.

Deep Space Live: Can the circular economy save our climate?
THU 29.4.2021 / 5 p.m.

A tripling of global resource consumption and a quadrupling of the amount of e-waste generated in the last 40 years illustrate that it has not yet been possible to decouple economic growth and resource consumption. A change of course is urgently needed to curb climate change and environmental degradation. At Deep Space LIVE, entrepreneur Sepp Eisenriegler provides insight into the topic of the circular economy and tells how the extended lifespan and more intensive use of products could help to reduce global resource consumption and pollutant emissions.

User Manual for Digital Humanists
FRI 30.04.2021 / 2:30 p.m.

With the initiative of the “European Platform for Digital Humanism”, Ars Electronica and its partners from research, industry and culture are participating in an urgent reassessment of our relationship to the technologies we create and how we use them. As part of the new series “User Manual for Digital Humanists,” moderated by Veronika Liebl, Director of European Cooperation at Ars Electronica and Kristina Maurer, Head of European Projects Festival/Prix/Exhibitions at Ars Electronica, the two will focus on Friday on projects and artists who deal with biodiversity and explore innovative solutions and ideas. The guest this time is artist Kat Austen.

At home with… Barbara Ungepflegt
FRI 30.4.2021 / 4 p.m.

Barbara Ungepflegt (AT) is a performance, video and installation artist. At “At Home with…” she talks with Manuela Naveau about her artistic work, the time she lived in a bus stop for three weeks, her love for cleaning and the dirty. Barbara Ungepflegt is co-founder and director of the university course for applied dramaturgy at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, editor of the art magazine IMMERHIN / AFTER ALL and winner of the Dissident Goddesses Temple Prize (2019) for her office installation “Büro Zimmer Frei”.

Live Concert: Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies
SUN 2.5.2021 / 7 p.m.

Classical music fans take note! On Sunday evening, visitors to Ars Electronica Home Delivery can once again expect music at its finest. Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Ma Mère l’Oye” on piano four hands, and the program will also include “Three Preludes” by Johann Sebastian Bach, transcribed for piano four hands by György Kurtag. The two musicians will again be accompanied by Cori O’lan, whose visuals interact live with the timbre and volume of the music.

About Ars Electronica Home Delivery
“Ars Electronica Home Delivery” is a weekly program that includes Guided Tours of Ars Electronica exhibitions, excursions to Ars Electronica Labs, visits to the Machine Learning Studio, concerts with real-time visualizations, Deep Space LIVE sessions, workshops with engineers and talks with artists and scientists from around the world, as well as offerings for schools, universities and companies. “Ars Electronica Home Delivery” aims to make the artistic and scientific exploration of the future accessible to the widest possible audience.

Inside Futurelab: 25th Anniversary Series – Episode 1 – Virtual Worlds / Fotocredit: Denise Hirtenfelder / Printversion

Maki Namekawa & Dennis Russell Davies in Concert / Fotocredit: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion