Futurelab Day

Morning Inspirations: Creative Resilience for a Planet B

Sigrid Bürstmayr (AT), Rashin Fahandej (US/IR), Adrian van Hooydonk (NL), Yuima Nakazato (JP), Jung Hsu (TW) & Natalia Rivera (CO), Marcus Neustetter (ZA), Tom Lamberty (DE)

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Thu Sep 8, 2022, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
KEPLER'S GARDENS, Keplergebäude, Lecture Hall 1
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In the Morning Inspirations Session, members of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, its partners and the artistic community will discuss “Creative Resilience for a Planet B” together with the audience: How can creativity, art and technology support society in the face of many crises? How can resilience be transformed from a personal responsibility into a social phenomenon? Be inspired and discuss with us how creativity can help to overcome challenges and shape a positive future together!

Anna Oelsch (DE/AT)


11:00–13:00 Morning Inspirations: Creative Resilience for a Planet B

Opening by Gerfried Stocker, Co-CEO/Artistic Director of Ars Electronica

Inspiration Shower by
Sigrid Bürstmayr (AT) – exhibition designer and design activist
Rashin Fahandej (US/IR) – Professor of Emerging and Interactive Media at Emerson College, Research Fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab
Adrian van Hooydonk (NL) – Sr. Vice President BMW Group Design
Jung Hsu (TW) – researcher and new media artist, Prix Ars Electronica 2022 Golden Nica for Interactive Art+ – „Bi0film.net: Resist like bacteria“
Tom Lamberty (DE) – People Experience, Innovation Fellow Cisco Systems
Yuima Nakazato (JP) – fashion designer and founder of Yuima Nakazato Co., Ltd.
Marcus Neustetter (ZA/AT) – artist & CEO “The Trinity Session”
Natalia Rivera (CO) – Emergent-media artist, Prix Ars Electronica 2022 Golden Nica in Interactive Art+ for „Bi0film.net: Resist like bacteria“

Open Fishbowl discussion


Gerfried Stocker (AT) is a media artist and an engineer for communication technology and has been artistic director and co-CEO of Ars Electronica since 1995. In 1995/96 he developed the exhibition strategies of the Ars Electronica Center with a small team of artists and technicians and was responsible for the setup and establishment of Ars Electronica’s own R & D facility, the Ars Electronica Futurelab. He has overseen the development of the program for international Ars Electronica exhibitions since 2004, the planning and the revamping of the contents for the Ars Electronica Center, which was enlarged in 2009, since 2005; the expansion of the Ars Electronica Festival since 2015; and the extensive overhaul of Ars Electronica Center’s contents and interior design in 2019. Stocker is a consultant for numerous companies and institutions in the field of creativity and innovation management and is active as a guest lecturer at international conferences and universities. In 2019 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Aalto University, Finland.

Sigrid Bürstmayr, Mag. (FH), M.A., is an exhibition designer and teaches at FH JOANNEUM Graz and at Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt exhibition design and sustainable design. As in any other discipline, she considers design to have a responsibility to act sustainably— that is, in a way that makes ecological, social and economic sense.

Rashin Fahandej (US/IR) is an Iranian-American immersive storyteller and cultural activist. Fahandej’s artistic initiatives are multiyear experimental laboratories for collective radical imaginations of social systems, using counter-narratives of care and co-creation. Her projects center on marginalized voices and the role of media, technology, and public collaboration in generating systemic change. Fahandej is the recipient of Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction and Foster Prize at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. She has served as a Boston Mayor’s Office Artist-In-Residence and lead artist at American Arts Incubator Austria at ZERO1 and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fahandej is the founder of “A Father’s Lullaby, a multi-platform, co-creative project that highlights the role of men in raising children and their absence due to racial disparities in the criminal justice system.“ A proponent of “Art as Ecosystem,”she defines her projects as “Poetic Cyber Movement for Social Justice,” where art mobilizes a plethora of voices by creating connections between public places and virtual spaces. Fahandej is a research fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab and an assistant professor of emerging and interactive media at Emerson College. At Emerson College’s Department of Visual and Media Arts Fahandej has launched a pioneering XR co-creation documentary initiative in partnership with Federal Probation Office’s Nurturing Fatherhood Program, where students, formerly incarcerated fathers, and probation officers co-create personal documentary projects using AR, VR, and 360° technology.

Yuima Nakazato (JP) is a fashion designer. Born in Tokyo in 1985. Yuima founded his eponymous fashion label in 2009, and has presented his collection at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week as a special guest designer since 2016. He holds an M.A. from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, where his graduate collection earned multiple awards in Europe.

Adrian van Hooydonk (NL): For me, design combines art and engineering. At BMW Group we create products that are at the forefront of technology and sustainability. But we also want our design to offer much more than the total sum of its functions. We aim to create experiences that appeal to all senses and ensure a lasting emotional bond between the object and the customer.

Jung Hsu (TW), is a researcher and new media artist based in Berlin. She attempts to combine interdisciplinary knowledge with artistic research to create heterogeneous encounters. In her process, she responds to the current social situation with multiple perspectives and uses metaphorical objects to create a speculative scenario. Her recent work has focused on micro-biopolitics and cryptoguilty.

Natalia Rivera (CO): Emergent-media artist currently exploring the possibilities of digital technologies as inter living-entities mutual aid media. In the context of indeterminate/queer knowledge creation, their processes are indisciplinary, open, collective, collaborative and communitarian, through the Mutante laboratory (Bogotá) and the global Suratómica Network for creation – art and science.

Marcus Neustetter (born 1976, Johannesburg, ZA) earned his undergraduate and Masters Degree in Fine Arts (2001) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Interested in cross-disciplinary practice, site-specificity, socially engaged interventions and the intersection of art and activism, Neustetter has produced artworks, projects, performances and installations across Africa, Europe, America and Asia. Searching for a balance between poetic form and asking critical questions, his media fluctuates in response to concept and context. Ideas often circle the intersection of art, science and technology in an attempt to find new perspectives on his process. As artistic director, facilitator, researcher and strategist to various creative industry areas, he finds himself building opportunities and networks that develop interest beyond his personal artistic practice into seeking entrepreneurial and alternatively cultural ecosystems through his 20 year collaboration with Stephen Hobbs as The Trinity Session. Neustetter is an adjunct professor with the Nelson Mandela University and currently moves between his studios in Johannesburg and Vienna.

Tom Lamberty (DE/US) is People Experience expert at Cisco Systems, researcher and consultant on the reciprocity of technological and societal amalgamations.