The Practice of Art and Science

Thu Sep 5, 2019, 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri Sep 6, 2019, 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat Sep 7, 2019, 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sun Sep 8, 2019, 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Mon Sep 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
POSTCITY, Art & Science

The rapprochement, as it were, of art and science, the artistic exploration of new applications, is a key factor in the increasingly social dimension of new technologies in order to comprehend how reciprocal human-machine relationships and interactions among individuals and globally networked systems can not only be better understood but, above all, better designed.

Since the inception of the Ars Electronica Festival in 1979 by artist Hubert Bognermayr, scientist Herbert W. Franke and journalist Hannes Leopoldseder, art and science have always been a focal point of Ars Electronica. In 1996, the increasing interest in collaborations among artists and scientists resulted in the foundation of two pillars of learning, research and presentation: Ars Electronica Center as “Museum of the Future” and Ars Electronica Futurelab as “Laboratory for Future Innovations.” As a sort of melting pot, where different cultures of knowledge can – or should – mingle and discover their synergies, Ars Electronica has been a place for artists, scientists, researchers, designers and engineers to cooperate on multifarious projects for years. Based on a collaboration with CERN, which started in 2011, a plan evolved for a network of art and science residencies on a European scale. Ever since its initiation, the European Digital Art and Science Network with the partners ESA, ESO and Fraunhofer MEVIS sparked interest from artists as well as institutions and continued to grow. This year The Practice of Art and Science is particularly focusing on collaborative projects in the European context and beyond, as well as interdisciplinary approaches. Crossing boundaries in all conceivable ways – the curiosity of the pioneer – has always been within the DNA of art and science.