From September 7 to 11, the create your world Festival in KEPLER’S GARDENS once again invites the young generation in particular to experiment and try things out. Especially when we look into the future, we have to deal with an increasing variety of challenges. Perhaps, however, we are not thinking about a future in a hundred years, but “only” about tomorrow as a first step.
Worlds between planets — a balance between present mental health and future experiments
It is the variety of challenges that many of us just can’t sort or manage. From responsibility as individual end users to collective coping strategies, we regularly have to reassess and re-evaluate situations. Continuous accessibility on social media and increasingly impatient forms of communication push us to the limits of our resilience. This causes stress in a new form. People of different generations react completely differently to this kind of stress in everyday life — sometimes simply due to being overwhelmed by the new digital communication, sometimes due to the complex new social and technical challenges, for which there is still very little experience to fall back on.
So, what future experiments can we do, and what do we even want to do in this mood? How are we supposed to think about new ideas and projects while under acute ongoing stress?
The create your world festival invites us to develop these new ideas again, step by step, together with other creative people. Not to think exclusively about the future a hundred years from now, but as a first step “only” about tomorrow. And then the day after tomorrow. This could provide us with the peace of mind that ultimately brings us the necessary farsightedness.
Personal responsibility with regard to digitization has also reached a new level — a clear path must finally be established, especially in the educational landscape, on how to navigate this confusing labyrinth. Otherwise, the personal responsibility we aspire to will quickly turn into a feeling of loneliness and fear.
The Red Thread
The prevailing disorientation is already reflected in many areas: in social interaction, which may have changed completely as a result of the pandemic, in the use of digital technologies. Everyday habits had to be constantly questioned, but at the same time, nowhere did we want to lose speed and progress. Have we lost the thread here?
This year’s create your world festival brings a colorful mix of projects from very different subject areas. New projects will be presented, well-known projects will be rediscovered and in the entire festival area, research, experimentation and discussion will finally be allowed on site again. This sense of community has been missing, especially in the last two years, and this year we want to create it again — at our own subjective pace, of course.
The winning projects in this year’s Prix Ars Electronica in the u19—create your world category speak a clear language: we have to work on our own mental health, we have to make sure we are doing well now more than ever before. Because only then can we, as a collective, also be stronger together in overcoming this diverse set of challenges.
Ableton Open Lab
Ableton (DE), Instruments of Things (DE)
In this experimental open lab, festival-goers* can discover and expand their music programming skills. Ableton’s flagship music production software Live 11 will be on display along with IoT’s motion sensor wearable SOMI-1, offering visitors the opportunity to intuitively transform body movements into sound.
Award Ceremony u19 – create your world & Klasse! Lernen.
This Award Ceremony brings together all the winners of this year’s Prix Ars Electronica “u19-create your world” category. Not only will the young winners’ projects be presented and they will receive their prizes, but they’ll also have the opportunity to share their own enthusiasm in short interviews.
Bike Kitchen Linz (AT)
The Bikekitchen Linz is an open non-profit self-help workshop where anyone can repair, pimp, service or modify their bike.
Symposium Perspectives on Civic Education: In Between Worlds.
Arbeiterkammer OÖ (AT), Pädagogische Hochschule OÖ (AT), Ars Electronica
The title Welcome to Planet B allows many interpretations about alternative forms of living together. Are we perhaps already living in different parallel worlds? For decades, we’ve been talking about a “first”, “second” or “third” world and distinguishing between a global North and South. In globalized contexts, people are constantly moving between these worlds. Wars and climate change additionally accelerate migration movements, which influence political decisions on a global and national level.
CoderDojo Linz (AT)
The CoderDojo Linz is a free, volunteer-run club for children and young people aged eight to 17 who want to delve deeper into the world of technology. Supported by a team of mentors who are themselves involved in programming, children and young people can program their first computer games or even try their hand at creating a website.
u19–create your world Exhibition
Ars Electronica (AT)
The Prix Ars Electronica in the u19—create your world category calls (up)on the next generation to submit exciting projects and ideas for the world of tomorrow. Children and young people up to the age of 19 are given a stage to show which topics they are currently dealing with.
Digital Graffiti on Planet B
In a collaborative multiplayer session OMAi invites all festival visitors to contribute their own ideas on how a Planet B could look like. Share your thoughts and project your imagination on a big canvas. Let´s create a better world together!
Build Together / Don´t waste IT
VFQ Gesellschaft für Frauen und Qualifikation mbH (AT)
In the spirit of the motto “Create Your World”, visitors are invited to draw wishes, contributions, etc. for their world or simply formulate them as a message. These drawn contributions will be scanned and transferred to a CNC milling machine and produced in duplicate. One of the two pieces can be taken home by the visitors. The duplicate will be part of a work of art that will be composed of all contributions until the end on Sunday.
Elementary Education – Panel Discussion
Sandra Kiendler (AT), Sok-Kheng Taing (AT), Reinhard Wimroither (AT), Ana B. González Gualda (ES), Sandra Ivanschütz (AT)
Is the approach for overcoming the challenges and opening up new territory in elementary education in looking at the problem from different perspectives?
Polycular (AT): Irina Paraschivoiu (RO), Thomas Layer-Wagner (AT), Robert Praxmarer (AT), Simon Linder (AT), Jürgen Brunner (AT), Michael Kager (AT) and Julian Watzinger (AT)
In a not too distant future, humanity lives in a post-truth world. The proliferation of Fake News and Deep Fake tools used in political campaigns create a fractured, dystopian reality where it is hard to distinguish what is real and what is not. Companies working with artificial intelligence are gaining power and influence, selling the “truth” to the highest bidder(s).
At this year’s festival, the association EXIT-sozial offers psychosocial counseling and chats reaxed atmosphere. Two years of pandemics, looming climate dystopias and also ever new challenges make it more important than ever to put mental health in the foreground.
FM4 Spielekammerl feat. Paradice
ORF radio FM4 (AT), Paradice (AT)
Radio FM4 is once again opening its Spielekammerl to all visitors and invites them to play along. This year, the radio station has enlisted the support of “Paradice – Verein zur Förderung Sozialer Spielkultur”. Instead of game consoles and computers, analog games will be played: Because the more digital the world around us becomes, the more we long for real, interpersonal experiences, and two years of pandemic have intensified this longing.
SmartUp – Fit für die Lehre in Oberösterreich (AT)
Where are the Green Jobs? Professions that are gathered under the term “Green Jobs” are considered sustainable and promising. However: Which professions are they exactly? Which activities do they involve? What kind of training can young people pursue in this field?
Ars Electronica create your world (AT)
The goal of this year’s Hebocon Reloaded Open Lab is to build your own low-tech robot as an “alter ego” out of various materials. The end result is a great challenge event where no winner*s are crowned, but the event itself celebrates the coming together and collaborative creative activity of festival-goers, artists, and project partners. You can invest as much time as you need to create your low-tech Heboian robot.
Open Commons Linz (AT)
A colorful experience with code, robots, hacking and great mentors – that’s hello world. The program is aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 12 with no prior technical knowledge. With us you get to know technique and technology in a playful way: What is code? How does a computer program work? How does an electrical circuit work? And much more! Come by and try what we do at the regular workshops in the Linz City Library. We look forward to you!
I want to see how you see – A film about disability/inclusion/ableism
Julia Hametner (AT), Anamaria Zupancic (AT), Anna Hametner (AT), Lena Holzer (AT), Nicole Höflinger (AT), Stefanie Dürnberger (AT), Tobias Huber (AT)
What makes us the same? What makes us different? This very personal documentary film, created by six friends, deals with the topic of disability and sheds light on the concepts of ableism, normality, physical empowerment, stigmatization and social inclusion and exclusion. The film focuses on the perceptions and interpersonal relationships of the protagonists and critiques the problems of inclusion in the primary labor market.
I’m (not) a robot
create your world (AT), c3 (HU) und mb21 (DE)
This year, Ars Electronica is once again inviting 15 young people to spend five days creating together and getting to know each other during the Ars Electronica Festival. The program already has a long tradition and, after two years as an online event, is returning to its roots and taking place on-site at the festival grounds.
Klasse! Lernen. Wir sind digital.
The exhibition presents the education prize winners of the first open call. Students and teachers from Austrian schools worked together to show how diverse and creative Digital Education Training in schools can be.
Sounding collages – audible pictures and colorful sounds
Eva Erhart, Alina Feßl, Isabella Hackl und Melanie Steinhuber (AT)
In the Open Lab Sounding Collages we explore together the question of how objects or images can be translated into sound and vice versa.
As in 2019, this year’s create your world festival will once again feature a rich buffet with products from regional suppliers! With freshly harvested products, the buffet will offer visitors and artists a place to exchange, discuss and inspire.
OSHub: create your world TOUR
create your world (AT), Open Science Hub Network (INT)
OSHub: create your world TOUR showcases a selection of workshops recently developed and implemented primarily in virtual classrooms within the context of the Open Science Hub Network.
Otelo – Karussell der Sinne
Every person has his or her favorite sense, or at least a sensory channel that is readily used to express one’s own thoughts and feelings. Visual design, music or intensive kinesthetic forms of expression such as dance or modeling, but also taste and smell can be used to give artistic expression to one’s own current sensations.
Pixel picnic rug
Nähküche. Eine offene Nähwerkstatt (AT): Martina Eigner (AT), Barbara Gamsjäger (AT), Andrea Fink (AT), Daniela Mittelmann (AT), Dagmar Pröslmeyr (AT), Silvia Neubauer (AT), Daniela Mandler (AT)
Individually designed textile pixels join together to form a picnic rug. Several individual pieces – each one unique – form the basis for a social gathering: a picnic rug. The pixel picnic rug invites you to enjoy nature, awakens memories and longings.
Power Playground – Energiewende Linz
Verein Energiewende Linz “VEL”: Helwin Prohaska (AT), Martin Siedler (AT)
As a society, we are procrastinating on the fight against climate change, and we still lack concrete goals to overcome this procrastination. The participants of the Energiewende Linz association have asked themselves what the industrial city of Linz could look like if Linzers were to give up this procrastination and take matters into their own hands. With their projects, they present goals that people can work on right now, such as the goal of living in a house that produces more electricity than it needs.
roadLAB – Mobiler Maker*Space des Technischen Museum Wien
Technisches Museum Wien (AT)
The Technical Museum Vienna goes mobile. The roadLAB is a fully equipped Maker*Space with 3D printers, laser cutter, sewing machine, laptops, own WIFI and much more. Visitors can focus on tinkering, designing and creating. A team of explainers with different backgrounds will be available for additional support in operating the machines and in the creative process.
Virtual Office FAB Linz (AT), Bettina Gangl (AT), Reinhard Zach (AT), Edwin Husic (AT), Birgit Pölz (AT), Helmut Doblhofer (AT), Tina Pesendorfer (AT)
THE HARBOR is an augmented reality walk developed within a workshop with the youth of the Virtual Office. The Virtual Office offers computer training for young people with physical disabilities.
Tourism of tomorrow
Ars Electronica create your world (AT), OÖ Tourismus (AT)
As part of a collaboration between Ars Electronica create your world and Upper Austria Tourism, participants in the Prix Ars Electronica project pool in the u19-create your world category are entrusted with a commissioned project. This year, Samuel Klancnik was commissioned to create an illustration or character design and to conduct artistic research.
Daniel Kohlmeigner (AT), Martin Retschitzegger (AT), Cat Jimenez (AT)
un ctrl lets music, body and space interact in a live improvisation, playing with hierarchies through collaborative devices (SOMI-1) provided by *Instruments Of Things* and Ableton. It creates an inner experience that begins with one person recalibrating their inner perception and transitions into a collective experience of a pulsating club in deep space, while questioning deep-seated desires of our society.
Ars Electronica Animation Festival – Young Animations
Every year young, gifted filmmakers from Austria submit their weird, subtle, witty, utopian, critical and dystopian works for the Prix Ars Electronica’s category of u19—create your world. They show us their strong imagination, their deep understanding of certain topics, all expressed through their abilities within one medium. This program is a selection of Animations coming from young creatives and young professionals from different age groups (17-19) and skill sets.