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  • ABOUT Ars Electronica Linz GmbH

    With its specific orientation and the long-term continuity it has displayed since its inception in 1979, Ars Electronica is an internationally unique platform for digital art and media culture. It consists of four divisions: an avant-garde festival, a competition honoring outstanding work being done throughout this field, a museum carrying out an educational mission, and…

  • ABOUT Ars Electronica Festival

    Ars Electronica made its debut on September 18, 1979. This festival of art, technology and society spotlighted the emerging Digital Revolution. Within a few years, Ars Electronica developed into one of the world’s foremost media art festivals. And its growing success was paralleled by the expansion of its annual lineup of events. Read more Bleu…

  • About Prix Ars Electronica

    1987 initiiert, gilt der Prix Ars Electronica längst als schlechthin der Trendbarometer der internationalen Medienkunstszene. Ein Mal im Jahr kürt eine hochkarätige Jury die besten zeitgenössischen Arbeiten und verleiht ihren UrheberInnen die Goldenen Nicas, die „Oscars der Medienkunst“ …

  • ABOUT Ars Electronica Futurelab

    1996 initiiert, liefert das Ars Electronica Futurelab zunächst den inhaltlich-technischen Support für das im gleichen Jahr eröffnete Ars Electronica Center. Daran hat sich nichts geändert, nur dass sich die Aktivitäten des Labors längst nicht mehr darauf beschränken und heute von der Konzeption und Realisierung von Ausstellungsprojekten über die Entwicklung künstlerischer Installationen bis hin zu Forschungs-…

  • ABOUT Ars Electronica Center

    „Museum der Zukunft“ steht im Untertitel des Ars Electronica Center und bringt Programm und Anspruch gleichermaßen zum Ausdruck. Das Prinzip der Interaktion wird hier zur umfassenden Partizipation erweitert und der gemeinsamen Präsenz von Kunst und Wissenschaft eine thematisch wie inszenatorisch tragende Rolle beigemessen. 1996 zum ersten Mal eröffnet, erfuhr das Haus im Vorfeld des Linzer…

  • Voynich-Manuscript

    (Linz, December 8, 2009) It’s the world’s most mysterious manuscript—a book written by an unknown author, illustrated with images that are as bizarre as they are puzzling, and using a language that not even the best cryptographers have succeeded in deciphering. So it’s no wonder that this text plays a role in Dan Brown’s latest…

  • Focus on Robotics Weekend

    (Linz, November 25, 2009) Some evince our striving for efficiency; others manifest a longing to create machines in our own image. It’s the development of humanoid robots in particular that teaches us a lot about ourselves. The lineup at the Ars Electronica Center’s Focus on Robotics Weekend includes programming robots, scrutinizing the link between nature…

  • 2009 Has Been a Very Successful Year for Ars Electronica

    (Linz, November 30, 2009) Nearly 230,000 visitors, big demand for the facility as an event venue, rave revues for the food & beverage offerings, and two international architectural prizes—less that a year after its grand opening, the new AEC has already made a strongly positive impression. 3,017 works from 68 countries were submitted for Prix…

  • Focus on Biotech Weekend

    (Linz, November 17, 2009) On Saturday, November 21 & Sunday, 22, 2009, the BioLab of the Ars Electronica Center is the gathering place for people young and old who are curious about the amazing things happening at the leading edge of the life sciences. … Read more BioLab, Copyplant / Ferrando & Lammerhuber / Printversion…

  • Long Night of Research 2009

    (Linz, November 6, 2010) The 2009 Long Night of Research is set for Saturday, November 7th. The Museum of the Future is one of 570 participating institutions nationwide. The moment the sun sets—4:35 PM—the Ars Electronica Centerkicks off a series of special events. Eight exhibits staffed by experts in their respective fields invites visitors to…

  • HUMAN NATURE / Ars Electronica Festival 2009

    (Linz, September 3, 2010) The HUMAN NATURE will occupy the focal point at the next Ars Electronica Festival September 3-8, 2009. In Ars Electronica’s signature fashion, this research will be carried out at an array of locations that go beyond classic conference venues and cultural spaces to pervade the entire cityscape. For the first time,…

  • DEVICE ART

    (Linz, September 3, 2009) “Device Art” is a relatively new Japanese art form, a synthesis of art, design,technology, science and entertainment. Here, new technologies merge with elements of traditional Japanese culture. Launched in the early 1990s, Device Art’s mission is above all to show what it means to live in a world that is increasingly pervaded by technologies.…

  • STARDUST

    (Linz, July 1, 2009) Millions of TV viewers were glued to their sets on July 20, 1969 to witness a historic event: Neil Armstrong becoming the first human being to set foot on the Moon. “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind …” The Ars Electronica Center marks the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing…

  • GeoCity

    (Linz, June 16, 2009) Planet Earth will have 10 billion inhabitants in 2050, more than two-thirds of them living in cities. All over the world, metropolitan areas are exploding into new megacities. Homo sapiens is evolving into homo urbanicus, a being whose hopes—and, all too often, disappointments—are connected more closely than ever before to the…

  • Prix Ars Electronica 2009

    (Linz, 27.05.2009) The 2009 Prix Ars Electronica received 3,017 entries from 68 countries. The jury of top international experts convened for three days (April 17-19)—deliberating practically ‘round-the-clock—to evaluate all submissions and select the best of them for honors. This year‘s winners will be singled out for recognition with six Golden Nica statuettes, an award from…

  • ARS INTRINSICA – Images from the Human Body’s Innermost Realms

    (Linz, May 11, 2009) ARS INTRINSICA focuses on forms and structures of the human organism and of inanimate objects. Large-format prints reveal kaleidoscopic worlds of imagery that seem to be products of an artist’s imagination but have actually been captured live by hightech equipment. Scientific techniques such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging now being used in medical-radiological…

  • Ars Electronica Center at Graben 15 Closed since Monday

    (Linz, October 13, 2008) About 87,000 visitors toured the Ars Electronica Center’s temporary quarters at Graben 15 on the corner of Dametzstraße. This brief chapter of AEC history concluded on Monday, October 13. Now, the focus is on the new and expanded Museum of the Future located adjacent to the Nibelungen Bridge in Urfahr. AEC…

  • A NEW CULTURAL ECONOMY / Ars Electronica Festival 2008

    (Linz, September 4, 2008) In 2008, Ars Electronica is scrutinizing the value of intellectual property and thereby facing one of the core issues of our modern knowledgebased society: that of freedom of information vs. copyright protection, big profit-making opportunities vs. the vision of an open knowledge-based society that seeks to build its new economy on…

  • Prix Ars Electronica 2008

    (Linz,  June 16, 2008) 3,075 works from 62 countries were submitted for prize consideration to the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica. Beckoning 2008 winners are six Golden Nica statuettes, an award from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research and prize money totaling 115,000 euros … Read more reactable / Jordà, Geiger, Kaltenbrunner, Alonso / Printversion / Album

  • “Memento” by Futurelab is a part of a commemorative ceremony

    (Linz, May 5, 2008) On May 5, 1945—63 years ago today—troops of the 3rd US Army’s 11th Armored Division liberated the Mauthausen concentration camp. In accordance with a 1997 resolution passed by both houses of Austria’s Parliament, the 5th of May is now marked as a day of commemoration and public expression of opposition to…