As always, the Ars Electronica Festival offers a wide variety of conferences, lectures, talks and workshops. In addition to familiar programs like STARTS Day and the Prix Forum, this year’s themed conference is entitled “Branch Magazine Symposium”. In addition, this time there will be a separate AI Lab Conference all about artificial intelligence.
Talks & Lectures in Linz
Branch Magazine Symposium
This year’s theme conference explores how the internet should serve our collective liberation and ecological sustainability. Branch Magazine, the recipients of the first-ever Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity, offers four panels unpacking climate justice, solarpunk, sustainable digitalization, solidarity and care as well as low-carbon design and education.
The Science+Technology+Arts = STARTS Initiative is a program of the European Commission that encourages synergies between the arts and technology that support the innovation industry and society. STARTS promotes the inclusion of artists in research and innovation activities throughout Europe.
AI Lab Conference Day
The AI Lab conference gives a platform to concepts, projects and individual actors who explores scientific and technological aspects of AI, as well at the impact the development and deployment of artificial intelligence has on art, culture and society as a whole.
Siri, such “Programmiererin”: Was tun gegen den Digital Gender Divide in Österreich?
Ars Electronica x Initiative Digitalisierung Chancengerecht, Ingrid Brodnig (AT), Christiane Spiel (AT), Gerfried Stocker (AT), Carina Zehetmaier (AT), Mariana Karepova (AT), Martina Mara (AT), Doris Schmidauer (AT)
In the context of Ars Electronica 2021, the “Initiative Digitalisierung Chancengerecht” (IDC) launched by Doris Schmidauer invites high-ranking experts from the fields of education, technology, business, culture and media to a panel discussion, which we will address the following questions: What are the causes of the digital gender divide? What concrete measures need to be taken in Austria to create digital equality of opportunity for women?
Futurelab Day: Morning Inspirations
Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT)
Climate change, migration, and digital transformation. We all face major challenges – and there are no simple solutions to the world’s big problems. Technological progress in our society must therefore be entirely in the interest of the planet and humanity.
Akademie der Gedanken (Academy of Thoughts)
Department of Interface Cultures
A courtyard, a tree, a fountain and lots of pens and paper: this is the setting in which we are reflecting, together with invited partners. We sit around a tree and think, we sketch out ideas, scribble futures and write, together, on a critical image of our time.
Education Conference: „Am Puls“- Science Talk
Elisabeth Rosemann (AT), Fares Kayali (AT), Gernot Hörmann (AT)
At the Ars Electronica Festival’s “Am Puls” Science Talk, educational researcher Fares Kayali and software developer and “Edutech” expert Elisabeth Rosemann (CoderDojo Linz) will take a look at the digital education of tomorrow. Moderated by Gernot Hörmann, they will discuss the consequences of technology and learning moving ever closer together.
Christiana Kazakou (UK), Dr. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein (AT), Dr. Monica Gagliano (IT), Dr. Martin Pfosser (AT), Leisenhof Gärtnerei Linz (AT), Mag. Gabriele Winkler (AT), Dr. Christa Sommerer (AT), Fabricio Lamoncha (ES)
In September 2021, Linz is joining the Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) network. This international program brings together artists, scientists, scholars and the general public for inspiring presentations and conversations. The LEONARDO LASER LINZ, hosted by the Interface Cultures department at the University of Art and Design Linz, will be held during the Ars Electronica 2021 Festival.
Symposium „Civil Society of the Future: Co-Creation works.“
ULF – Independent Regional Volunteer Center (AT)
At this symposium, national and international policymakers, experts, NGOs, NPOs, volunteers and other interested parties will exchange ideas about innovations and forward-looking opportunities for volunteering in general and in times of COVID-19.
Symposium Perspectives on Political Education: NEULAND – A Society on Expedition
Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich x Arbeiterkammer Oberösterreich
The world is in a phase of upheaval, virtually on an expedition to the NEW LAND. Science-based approaches and rational action are being disrupted by populism, conspiracy theories and religious battles. Social thinking and action as well as a basic humanitarian attitude are indispensable in such a situation. Education is an indispensable prerequisite.
Johannes Kepler University Linz (AT)
How can young people get a head-start to prepare for the world of tomorrow and upcoming challenges? This symposium will explore digital technologies and their impact on society, especially regarding university teaching and research. The various topics in the program will spark discussion; topics include current positions and insight in regard to future skills, transdisciplinary collaboration in science and academia, innovative educational methods, micro-credentials, and alternative metrics to measure scientific output.
The Garden Gazebo, LASER Linz
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein (AT), Monica Gagliano (AS), Martin Pfosser (AT), Gabriele Winkler (AT), Christa Sommerer (AT), Diana Ayton-Shenker (US), Fabricio Lamoncha (ES), Christiana Kazakou (GR/UK)
In September 2021, Linz is joining the Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) network. This international program brings together artists, scientists, scholars and the general public for inspiring presentations and conversations.
Call to Action!
At the Call to Action! panel discussion, young artists and political activists will explore protest culture and forms of civil disobedience. The starting point for the discussion will be two film works that won awards in the Prix Ars Electronica’s u19-create your world category.
Art Thinking Forum
Hakuhodo x Ars Electronica
The Art Thinking Forum is a platform created jointly by Ars Electronica and Hakuhodo to discuss and exchange ideas on how to utilize art for a better society. The forum will discuss the role of art in the future through cutting-edge examples of creative chemical reactions between various fields and art.