Day 2 of the festival is Innovation Day
Perfect examples of what innovation means in the 21st century are brought before the curtain by the European Commission’s STARTS Prize. A large-scale exhibition, a day-long conference and a lavish workshop program will showcase, for example, the groundbreaking ways in which art helps make scientific data tangible (Oceans in Transformation / Territorial Agency – John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog), how simple and ingenious circular economy can work in one’s own neighborhood (Remix el Barrio, Food Waste Biomaterial Makers / Anastasia Pistofidou, Marion Real and The Remixers at Fab Lab Barcelona, IaaC), how data can be stored in the DNA of plants, creating a functional and CO2-negative IT infrastructure (Data Garden / Grow Your Own Cloud) and that organic waste in general has revolutionary potential as a sustainable energy source (The Living Light / Nova Innova).
Technological and scientific achievements are virtually absorbed by art and become the source material for its aesthetic expression. By providing unusual perspectives, new insights and impulses for unexpected discoveries, the convergence between art and science thus becomes a source of creativity and innovation. How to imagine this is demonstrated by the Linz Institute of Technology with seven interactive and/or immersive installations dedicated to the importance of multiphase flows for water treatment, exhaust gas purification or vaccine production (“Do You Feel Stressed“) or the constitutional implications of virtualizing court proceedings (“The Virtual Court. Reality.“), living chromogenic bacterial cultures and their potential for environmentally friendly methods of dyeing textiles (“Growing colors: Patterning with living pigments“) or, away from the hype surrounding AI, the possibilities and limits of machine learning (“AI Forest“, “Serum 13 – A VR Trust Game“, “Faces of AI“).
Also part of the Futurelab Day are the “Night Performances“. The program is again without a doubt of the very best. Top pianist Maki Namekawa is responsible for the music, Cori O’Lan for the immersive real-time visuals, and their stage is Deep Space 8K. The program includes pieces by György Ligeti, Chick Corea and, for the first time, Polish composer Hania Rani. We wish … no, we guarantee an evening to remember!
STARTS Prize ’21 Exhibition
The Ars Electronica Festival will present the STARTS initiative and a selection of the award-winning and nominated works for the 2021 STARTS Prize: From Circular Economy to the Relationship between Ecology and Technology, from Digital Humanism to Empathic Approaches to Artificial Intelligence.
While art and science once fed from a common source, the two disciplines were steered in separate directions at the end of the Renaissance. The rise of media art in the mid-20th century marks a turning point in this divergent development. Technological and scientific achievements were absorbed by art and advanced to become the raw material of aesthetic expression.
Futurelab Day: Night Performances
Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT)
Embedded in an electrifying atmosphere of visualized sound and electric noise, from the render engines of artists, researchers and deep neural networks, the celebration of the 25th anniversary is approaching its climax and indicates the way to a potential future in this performance program in Deep Space 8K. Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Ars Electronica Futurelab on Futurelab Day, September 9, in the Ars Electronica Center’s Deep Space 8K or participate online.
Alchemists of the Future
Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT)
The Ars Electronica Futurelab turns 25 – a good reason to look back to the future. The digital revolution has been shaping our everyday lives for many years now and will continue to do so in future. To find out what role we humans want to play in a highly technologized world of tomorrow, we develop visions and ideas to shape our future.