The 21st century needs Digital Humanists!
In the age of Big Data and AI, we need to fundamentally clarify how we want to handle our data, who owns it, and who is allowed to determine how it is used. At the same time, this is just the tip of the iceberg. What is urgently needed is a broad social discourse on what a digital society can look like that leaves behind the “data capitalism” of the IT monopolists as well as the “data totalitarianism” of authoritarian regimes and respects the self-determination of its users. Cultural diversity instead of infrastructural uniformity, one could say in a nutshell. The result of such a discourse could in any case be a “digital humanism” from which framework conditions and rules for the digital society of the 21st century could be derived. This is what the European Platform for Digital Humanism, to which Ars Electronica and a whole series of other renowned institutions in the European art and cultural landscape belong, believes and demands.
The “AI Lab Conference Day” will provide insight into the current discourse around. The program includes several panels on different topics:
- The first panel is dedicated to “Media Literacy”. Kyriaki Goni (GR), Meredith Broussard (US), Martina Mara (AT) and Kanta Dihal (NL) will take part, moderated by Katrin-Cécile Ziegler (DE).
- The second panel is all about music – Ali Nikrang (AT) moderates the conversation with Davide Quayola (IT), Paola Torres Núñez del Prado (PE), Leslie Garcia (MX).
- Panel no. 3 is about the “Civil Society” – with them are Caroline Sinders (US/UK), Kilian Kleinschmidt (DE), Glacier Kwong (HK/DE) and Simon Weckert (DE), the panel is moderated by Julia Kloiber (DE).
- The fourth and final panel of the full-day conference will focus on “Digital Feudalism” – Frederike Kaltheuner (DE/UK) will interview Evgeny Morozov (BY/US), Sophie Zhang (US) and Renata Avila (GT).
The fact that we live in a time of transition – not only challenging, but also quite exciting – is also the topic of an unusual workshop. Adriana Knouf (US) invites us to consider the many, many small deviations and disruptions to our daily lives that emanate from the great general upheavals. The goal of the workshop: “Preparing to Become Transxxeno“!
This year’s edition of create your world is as serious as it is light-hearted, focusing on the “New Digital Deal”. The great ideas and concepts buzzing around in young minds will be underscored first thing in the morning by the “u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD Ceremony” at which the Prix Ars Electronica prizewinners will be presented with their prizes and, of course, the “Golden Nica”.
As a platform and playground, the “Festival inside the Festival” offers young people above all the opportunity to exchange ideas about the present and the future, to network and to tackle joint projects. Laughter is allowed and trust should and can be built up – again.
This creative, innovative and, in the best sense of the word, chaotic neighborhood of create your world, die ziwi and Festival University is joined during the morning by organic farmers from all over Upper Austria. They offer products that first of all taste “damn good”, but at the same time also point out how important the ecosystem soil is not only for nature, but above all for ourselves.
Adriana Knouf, PhD (US)
In this workshop, through an attention to the deeper times that are intertwined with our daily lives, we will take some small steps that attempt a perturbation of our lives, that will ultimately help prepare us to become tranxxeno.
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.
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.
by Ars Electronica and Johannes Kepler University
Next-gen technical university—a think tank and do tank for a new technical university focused on digitalization and digital transformation.
BIO AUSTRIA (AT)
BIO AUSTRIA Farmers’ Market: Organic grows on the best soil. Organic farmers from BIO AUSTRIA know the value of soil, because it is the basis for the production of our daily food. Plants, animals and humans benefit from healthy soil. Therefore, organic farms care for the soil — for the benefit of all.
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.
The Award Ceremony will focus on the Prix Ars Electronica winners in the “u19 – create your world” category.
A very old lady with dementia, Ms. Sammer was born in Graz an der Mur in 2016. It’s about everyday neighborhood conflicts, hipster cults and sometimes even love. With synth sounds, electric bass, two voices, rap and assi-sacral hymns the four Sammers show themselves shrill and quiet, virtuosic and virtual, amateurish and absolutely professional.
Zanshin (Gregor Ladenhauf) is a musician, sound artist and producer of electronic music from Vienna, Austria. The name “Zanshin” is a concept from Japanese martial arts and translates roughly as “balanced mind”, reflecting his many inspirations and interests – correspondingly he tries to channel his ideas mostly into three creative outlets: As Zanshin he releases music on Affine Records and disko404 and his tracks and remixes are covering a broad range from driving, polyrhythmic dancefloor affairs to experimental beatless sonic structures, sometimes massive, sometimes fragile.