40 Years Ars Electronica


Since its inception in 1979, Ars Electronica has remained true to its core value of connecting the realms of art, technology, science and society. Today, 40 years later, Ars Electronica is one of the leading institutions in the field of media art, not only deeply rooted in the public sphere and cultural landscape of Linz, but also an important link to the international community. With a variety of formats and initiatives, Ars Electronica traces current processes and developments in art, technology and society and makes them accessible to the general public. Presence in public space is therefore one of its most important aspects: interdisciplinary projects regularly invite regional and international visitors to engage with current issues, visions and possibilities.

At the festival, 40 Years Ars Electronica is celebrated in two formats, each presenting a selection of outstanding projects in the history of Ars Electronica. ARS and the CITY displays exceptional works in the public space at the LENTOS museum while ARS on the WIRE shows initiatives in the public digital space at the POSTCITY.

Refik Anadol (TR/US)

Origin is an immersive installation that narrates the incredible cultural and scientific legacy of Ars Electronica. Using archival information from the past 40 years, this piece aims to tell the story not only the story of the institutions’ foresight and innovation but also use this history to visualize future trends and realities.