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(Linz, 3.9.2021) “A New Digital Deal” is both the theme and the goal of this year’s Ars Electronica. The world’s leading festival for art, technology and society will be taking a look at the skills and scope for action that we need to get up and running with a new approach to the great challenges of our time. Hundreds of artists, scientists and activists will be demonstrating how this might be done from September 8-12 in a festival that will take place not only in Linz (Austria) and 86 other Ars Electronica Gardens around the globe, but also online. The on site and online presentations of all these artistic-scientific proposals will take different, independent forms. While Ars Electronica 2020 was a hybrid festival, in 2021 it will be dual.

Proposals for the future from all over the world
Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, South and North America — the 86 gardens for art, technology and society at this year’s Ars Electronica can be found on all continents. Museums, galleries, universities, labs and associations are designing a multi-layered program aimed at local audiences.

Ars Electronica online
In addition, all the Ars Electronica Garden programs are contributing to the online edition of Ars Electronica 2021. A ticket for the online festival costs 9 euros and includes hundreds of lectures, presentations, concerts, performances, interactive workshops and virtual tours. These events will be bundled on the French platform Swapcard, where everyone can put together their own festival calendar, network with other visitors, and exchange ideas with them in chats.
The highlight channel is available free of charge and will be integrated into the festival website. From 8 to 12 September, it will focus on the most important aspects of the “NEW DIGITAL DEAL.” Every day, artists, scientists, designers and activists will talk about their projects and perspectives on current social developments.

Ars Electronica Garden Newcastle / Art Thinking et al. — Recalibrating the Compass / photo: Jamie Fox Creative / Printversion

Ars Electronica Garden Tokyo / The Power of the Unseen / Japan Media Arts Festival Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan (JP) / photo: Fukuko Itiyama / Printversion

Ars Electronica Garden Abuja / Women in Arts / photo: Arojah Royal Theatre / Printversion

Ars Electronica Garden Dublin / BIAS / Science Gallery Network / photo: Science Gallery Dublin/ Printversion

Ars Electronica Garden Araucanía / Polygonal Forest / photo: Marcos Sánchez / Printversion

Ars Electronica Garden Los Angeles / Atmosphere of Sound — Sonic Art in Times of Climate Disruption / photo: Joel Ong / Printversion