The new social deal
This year’s create your world festival takes its title very seriously and literally: It aims to provide opportunities to think about present and future scenarios in a lighthearted way. It offers a platform for young people to exchange ideas and have a good time together. Utopias may be created and unrealistic thoughts exchanged. Laughter is allowed and trust can be (re)built.
In different focal points at educational institutions, artists and platforms are invited to examine the issues of this complex time and generate new ideas. Along the way, the “festival within the festival” focuses on one of the most important topics that seems to have changed for all of us in the past years: the rediscovery of individual and collective social interactions. Let’s see what else we will learn in the process. Above all, it will take time. Time to stabilize again, to make plans and to adapt to the increasingly complex environment.
Award Ceremony u19–create your world
The Award Ceremony will focus on the Prix Ars Electronica winners in the “u19 – create your world” category.
Prix Ars Electronica „u19–create your world“ Exhibition
Young Professionals, Young Creatives (AT)
This year’s exhibition of the 23 winning projects in the u19–create your world category once again shows a colorful mix of refreshing ideas, critical projects and research approaches by children and young people. The exhibition will be presented as an interactive platform at the festival by the young people themselves. The winners will get to know each other and can exchange new ideas.
Moving in VR!
Ariella Vidach – IT Claudio Prati – IT AIEP’s VR dance company – IT
Move in VR! is a performative workshop to propose to a group of 15 participants – from remote locations and through Oculus viewers – a virtual reality experience that will give them the opportunity to physically experience a new dimension, creating and dancing in a participatory choreography.
Conducting Spaces / Ableton Open Lab
Ableton Live (DE), MiMU Gloves (UK), University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (AT), Ars Electronica Linz (AT), Adrián Artacho (ES/AT), Daniel Kohlmeigner (AT)
In this experimental open lab, festival visitors can discover and expand their skills in music programming. Conducting electronic components can be tried out with the MiMU Gloves. With the support of Ableton Certified Artist Daniel Kohlmeigner, simple and complex sound carpets can be woven.
Submitters of the category „Young Creatives” of u19–create your world
The wonderful ideas and projects of kids and youngsters in the Prix Ars Electronica u19-create your world’s “Young Creatives” category serve as inspiration for new, crazy ideas! In the “Ideenwerkstatt”, lots of materials are available for creating projects together with other tinkerers in the midst of the festival hustle and bustle, or for continuing to work on them. A craft workshop for creative minds!
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.
The “Talent Talks” offer the opportunity to gain in-depth insights into some of the artworks in the u19-create your world exhibition by this year’s Prix Ars Electronica winners. In the course of short interviews, the artists will talk about the genesis of their projects and their ideas, about creativity and visions for the future.
I AM (NOT) A ROBOT
create your world (AT), mb21 (DE), <19 (HU), ArtechLAB Amsterdam (NL)
Homeschooling, distance learning and social distancing bring our society into close contact with Artificial Intelligences in everyday life. We use it, we rely on it, but most of the time, we don’t recognize it. This international challenge is aimed at experimenting with AI by exploring the limits of humanness and robotness.
Play with Pixels
Anna Oelsch, Gerda Lechner und Maria Binder / students of the University of Art and Design Linz
It is impossible to imagine our hands without screens. We have come to appreciate the benefits of digital communication and its diversity, especially in the past year and a half of distance. While modern technology cannot replace the analog world with its haptic experience, it can complement it wonderfully.
Back to the illusion
Sophie Dögl (AT)
The pandemic has given us a respite from this frenzy. In this silence many have begun to feel their own inner selves again for the first time in a long time.
ULF – Unabhängiges LandesFreiwilligenzentrum (AT)
FEST.ENGAGIERT is the ideal meeting place for everyone who wants to volunteer and institutions that are looking for volunteers. Here, Upper Austrian institutions, associations and volunteer projects can present the diverse opportunities that open up for volunteers under their roof.
Social Intelligence Agency (S.I.A.)
Landestheater Linz (AT)
The digital revolution is in full swing. Between smartphone and tablet, between VR and AI, the longing rises in us for what our modern technology cannot (yet) offer: Social intelligence. Because without it, the world threatens to become a dark place. A group of teenagers and young adults are tackling this problem, dealing with current issues and ideas for a better world (or at least a better Linz) and creating performances around the theme of social intelligence.
Jakob Loidl, Ines Pfeffer, Fabian Derfler, Maximilian Strobl, Raphael Weinmesser, Sandra Kerschner, Michael Gastecker, Elisa Holzer, Amelie Guger, Jana Gastecker, Endrit Rexhepi
The film “deeper” shows different opinions from the point of view of young people about the current situation in Austria. Both political decisions and corona measures are presented critically and sometimes exaggerated. In the short film one accompanies a student in his everyday life at home and at school. To illustrate the contrast between the present and the time before the pandemic, flashbacks to moments in the past are incorporated into the film.
from freeze to flow
Borg Bad Leonfelden (AT)
Activities that induce a flow state increase mental well-being in uncertain times. Designing, creating and coding were a welcome change in the lockdown and the possibility to create something in the rigidity. Students of the BORG Bad Leonfelden developed a 3D model of the school in a collaborative project, which can be explored on your own at the festival.
FAB – Verein zur Förderung von Arbeit und Beschäftigung Linz (AT)
The Galactic Garden is an augmented reality walk developed by the young people of Virtual Office. Virtual Office offers computer training for young people with physical disabilities.
FM4 Spielekammerl-Show – Variety Streaming
ORF Radio FM4 (AT)
Chat, exchange ideas and play a bit: The FM4 Spielekammerl, the Twitch stream format of ORF’s youth radio station, is back at the Ars Electronica Festival and going back to basics: interpersonal communication – and shared gaming, of course. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors, on-site at the JKU and of course online.
mica – music austria (AT), Universität für Weiterbildung Krems (AT), Ars Electronica (AT), Österreichischer Musikrat (AT)
The project initiative of mica – music austria, the University of Continuing Education Krems, the Ars Electronica Festival and the Austrian Music Council aims to advance the professionalization of musicians as modern entrepreneurs in the music business. To this end, representatives from education, the music industry and politics will be invited to a “Music Summit” in order to engage in a joint dialogue and design formats that are open to all music makers-regardless of their educational background.
Model boat lab
Schiffsmodellbauclub „Titanic Linz“ (AT)
In this Open Lab, all generations can build model boats with different drives themselves and try them out right away! The enthusiastic model building friends of the Linz Model Ship Club “Titanic Linz” would like to pass on the fascination of model building and model ships to young people and are designing a craft station.
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.
curated by Sirikit Amann
Young Animations program is a selection put together by Sirikit Amann (OeAD) from the national competition u19-create your world in the Prix Ars Electronica 2021, including short films, computer animations and stop-motion works using Lego or clay.
Education Conference: A New Digital Deal for Online Open Schooling
Anna Kaufmann (AT), Sonja Groiss (AT), Michaela Schober (AT), L. Vanessa Gruber (AT), Beate Absalon (DE), Andrew Newman (AU/AT)
While it is evident that the advantages of face-to-face teaching and learning in schools are irreplaceable, online education offers opportunities to open classrooms to wider society, where students can learn from artists, researchers, activists, industry leaders and other experts in their field.
Education Conference: A New Digital Deal for Transnational Collaboration
Cristina Olivotto (CH), Maria Vicente (PT/NE), Andrew Newman (AU/AT), Matteo Merzagora (FR), Pandora Sifnioti (GR), Erik Knain (NO), Open Science Hub Network (INT)
Preserving the quality of the river streams in our villages, monitoring the air quality of the neighborhoods in our cities, engaging our communities to use plastic in a more sustainable way, developing strategies to fight Covid-19 vaccine misinformation. Water pollution, air pollution, plastic consumption, Covid-19 misinformation – these, amongst so many others, are challenges being faced and fought by communities everyday all over the world. Local challenges with global impact.
Education Inspiration Session I – a create your world TOUR
Anna Kaufmann (AT), Sonja Groiss (AT)
In this Inspiration Session for teachers and educators, you can take part in the online workshop created by Sonja Groiss and Anna Kaufmann that is currently delivered to school classrooms through the create your world TOUR. The workshop is based on their project ‘Generation Y’ that was recognised in the Prix Ars Electronica U19 category in 2018. In their creative and interactive workshop, the topic of digitalization is presented in an informative and understandable way using the game ‘Generation Y’.
Education Inspiration Session II – a create your world TOUR
Michaela Schober (AT), L. Vanessa Gruber (AT)
In this Inspiration Session for teachers and educators, you can take part in the online workshop created by Michaela Schober and L. Vanessa Gruber that is currently delivered to school classrooms through the create your world TOUR. Their workshop Climate Change in Stop Motion: Tell your Story! weaves together storytelling techniques with questions that will be crucial to the younger generation’s future.
Education Inspiration Session III – a create your world TOUR
Beate Absalon (DE)
In this Inspiration Session for teachers and educators, you can take part in the online workshop ‘That could help: Self-Care-Zines’ created by Beate Absalon that will be delivered to school classrooms through the create your world TOUR. There are remedies for many crises: Video tutorials show how to write applications or how to prepare a dish. Magazines provide tips on how to flirt or gaming tricks. Some problems, however, are trickier and more complex. When you feel unwell, tense or tired, there isn’t always a straightforward answer to the problem. Simple advice doesn’t help: “Think about something positive!”, “Don’t be like that!”, “Just try harder!” …
Open Schooling Co-Creation Workshop
Cristina Olivotto (CH), Maria Vicente (PT/NE), Andrew Newman (AU/AT), Matteo Merzagora (FR), Pandora Sifnioti (GR), Shaun Ussher (IE), Open Science Hub Network (INT)
This workshop follows the panel A New Digital Deal for Transnational Collaboration and is facilitated by the Open Science Hub Network team, a consortium of nine European partners funded by the European Commission H2020 Program, that supports and engages schools and local stakeholders to use research and innovation as tools to tackle local challenges and contribute to sustainable community development.