Ars Electronica Futurelab Kids Workshop & International Partner Outreach
The Ars Electronica Futurelab is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and some of its young members – who have been a part of the team for less than 25 months–had a special idea to contribute to this event. Their goal was to collect the opinions of renowned futurologists from all over the world to speculate about possible future narratives for the next 25 years. Their journey to the future even went outside our globe, to undiscovered planets. As a group, they explored cultural diversity, future mobility, and even sent messages and wishes to inhabitants from outer space. What is special about the experts of the future that the young members interviewed? On average, they are seven years old.
The Ars Electronica Futurelab organized a prototype workshop with the team members’ own kids and guided them into the future in a three-step journey. First, they prepared our vehicles for the journey, by crafting paper rockets that were sent out into a metaphorical universe. Wherever a paper rocket landed, the kids had the assignment of drawing their planet Earth in the future. At the end, they shared their very personal message to this future planet with the young Futurelab members.
How does the planet Earth of the future look like to your kids?
After completing the workshop, we invited our international partner gardens to provide us with statements from their children that answer this question. Together with the kids’ contributions, we can collectively develop an imagination of the next generation’s future visions.
Credits Ars Electronica Garden Linz
Concept & development: Denise Hirtenfelder, Barbara Habringer, Sonja Bailer
Camera & editing: Raphael Schaumburg-Lippe, Kerstin Blätterbinder
Dokumentation: Birgit Cakir
Special thanks to our experts: Aurelia, Raphael, Egon, Xaver, Neema, Samuel, Lore-Su, Moe, Leonhart & Ben!
Special thanks to contributions from: Horst Hörtner, Hideaki Ogawa, Christoph Kremer, Christl Baur, Martin Honzik, Susanne Kiesenhofer, Arno Deutschbauer, Georgios Tsampounaris, Julian Zauner, Johannes Lugstein, Maria Mayr, as well as all Futurelab parents!
Special Thanks to all our Partners Gardens and their contributions