Welcome to Planet B
The Festival University 2022

Even before the festival began, 200 students from over 70 countries spent four weeks at the Festival University of Ars Electronica with JKU scientists, artists, and many other high-ranking experts from all areas of art, technology, science, and society. They develop strategies and solutions and experience the complexity of one of the most significant challenges of our time in a fictitious international environmental court simulation (“The International Environmental and Climate Court”). The IECC will meet on Sept. 9, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 at the Festival University Stage in KEPLER’S GARDENS and center petitions on water, climate migration and energy.

The International Environmental and Climate Court (IECC)

These court sessions are simulations conducted by the students of the Festival University 2022. Each day is dedicated to a specific topic: FRI Sept. 9 Water, SAT Sept. 10 Migration and SUN Sept. 11 Energy. This program is open to all visitors of the Ars Electronica Festival. Join us in the audience!

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Global challenges of tomorrow require a new approach – one based on creativity and co-creation. The Festival University, a joint initiative between Ars Electronica and Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), invites students from around the world to jointly develop planetary strategies for change and transformation.

With “Welcome to Planet B” as the title for this year’s festival, the focus of the program is not just on climate change and its effects itself, but extends to the even more important questions of how we as a society, as nations, as a global community can respond to the challenges it poses.

  • How can we collaborate and cope with the massive transformations required?
  • How can we set the changes in motion?
  • How can we manage such changes?
  • What consequences will all these changes bring?
  • What will the world, our world, look like after we have managed this transformation?
Locations In Linz, Austria
Duration 4 weeks
Program dates August 18th – September 14th, 2022
Target group Students from all disciplines 16–25 years
Application Deadline (extended) July 4th, 2022 – 11:59pm CEST
Language English
Study type Festival University
Time requirement Full-time
Credits 6 ECTS
Stipends The program is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research.

Faculty

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Marcus Neustetter

Artist / Co-Director of The Trinity Session (South Africa & Austria)

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Tammy Palesa Stewart

Artist / Project Manager at The Trinity Session (South Africa)

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Seda Röder

Founder & CEO – Sonophilia Foundation; Managing Partner – Mindshift.Global (Austria)

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Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Director of the Global Research Communications – RethinkX; Special Investigations & Global Trends Reporter – BylineTimes (UK)

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Tina Auer

Time‘s Up (Austria)

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Tim Boykett

Time‘s Up (Austria)

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Karen Palmer

Storyteller from the Future (UK)

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Yoko Shimizu

Key Researcher & Artist – Ars Electronica Futurelab (Japan)

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Miranda Marcus

Head of BBC News Lab – BBC (UK)

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Prof. Gernot M. Wallner

(Austria)

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Emran Feroz

Journalist (Austria & Afghanistan)

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Andreas Safron

Climate Change Adaptation Manager – Sterngartl Gusental (Austria)

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Andreas Reichl

CEO – Sternwird (Austria)

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Team Memorial Gusen

(Austria)

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Dr. Friedrich Hinterberger

Vice-President – Club of Rome (Austria)

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Crystn Hunt Akron

Music Producer & performance artist – Plasticphonia

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Dr. Matthew Gardiner

Artist & Key Researcher Ars Electronica Futurelab (Austria)

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Prof. Johannes Braumann

Robots in Architecture (Austria)

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Amir Bastani

Robots in Architecture (Austria)

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Martin Rauchbauer

Tech Diplomacy Senior Fellow – DiploFoundation (Austria)

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Prof. Dr. Franz Fischler

Former EU Commissioner, former President of the European Forum Alpbach, advisor to numerous governments and the OECD, author (Austria)

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Mike Artner

Fridays For Future (Austria)

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Dr. Eduardo Kapapelo

Researcher – Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

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Martin Hoffmann

Scientist 4 Future OÖ (Austria)

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Dr. Ebrahim Afsah

Professor of Islamic law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna (Austria)

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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lana Ivanjek

Junior Professor at the Chair for Didactics of Physics – Technical University Dresden (Germany)

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Sarah Newman

Co-Founder – Data Nutrition Project; Director of Art & Education at metaLAB at Harvard (USA)

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Kasia Chmielinski

Co-Founder – Data Nutrition Project; Current Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School & Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center (Austria)

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Guy Ben-Ary

Artist, Researcher (Australia)

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Nathan Thompson

New Media Artist/Design Engineer (Australia)

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Richard Wilson

Director – Stop Funding Hate, Co-founder – Stop Funding Heat (UK)

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Sean Buchan

Campaign Manager – Stop Funding Heat (Austria)

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Gegenhuber

Professor for Managing Socio-Technical Transitions – Johannes Kepler University (Austria)

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Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Barbara Krumay, Bakk. MSc

Head of Institute – Institute of Business Informatics – Information Engineering – Johannes Kepler University (Austria)

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Dr. Manuel Mühlburger, MSc

Assistant Professor – Institute of Business Informatics – Information Engineering – Johannes Kepler University (Austria)

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Marko Vivoda

Creative Director – HEKA lab (Slovenia)

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Gjorgji Despodov

3D Illustrator & Graphic Designer (Slovenia)

Court Simulation

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mathis Fister

Johannes Kepler University; Lawyer & Partner; Tschurtschenthaler walder Fister

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bergthaler

Johannes Kepler University; Lawyer & Partner; Haslinger & Nagele

Festival Faculty

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Manthia Diawara

is a Malian writer, filmmaker, cultural theorist, scholar, and art historian. He holds the title of University Professor at New York University, where he is Director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs. (Mali)

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Selina Nairok Leem

climate change activist, spoken word performer. She was the youngest speaker at COP21 and has also spoken at COP26, making a “passionate plea” to world leaders for increased action on addressing climate change. (Marshall Islands)

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Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

Environmental Scientist, Former Member of the German Bundestag, Former co-president of the Club of Rome (Germany)

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Jayati Ghosh

Development Economist, Chairperson of the Centre for Economic Studies (NJU) (India)

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Maria Langsenlehner

Project Lead Circular Futures – Circular Economy Platform Austria (Germany)

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Giulia Foscari

Architect, Founder of UNLESS, a non-profit agency for change devoted to interdisciplinary research on extreme environments. Project Lead Antarctic Resolution (Italy)

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Carlo Barbante

Director Institute of Polar Sciences, Prof. Analytical Chemistry, University Ca‘Foscari Venice (Italy)

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Eva Franch Gilabert

Architect, curator, educator; Experiemental Architecture for Green Innovation, Radical Change (Spain)

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Laurie Anderson

Visionary Pioneer, film director, composer, musician, fighter for human rights (USA)

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Holly Herndon

Musician, composer and innovative sound artist (USA)

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Gianni Riotta

Journalist (La Stampa, Washington Post, Le Monde, New York Times) and Director of Data Lab at LUISS (Italy)

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Bernd Hezel

Bernd Hezel investigates, designs and realises audio-visual climate change communication formats at the Climate Media Factory.

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Marta Handenawer

Creative Director of Domestic Data Streamers, fighting environmental violence using data and art (Spain)

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Aimee Van Wynsberghe

Founder Bonn Sustainable AI Lab, Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics at the University of Bonn and member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on AI (Netherlands)

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Robertina Šebjanič

internationally awarded artist, whose work revolves around the biological, chemical, political, and cultural realities of aquatic environments and explores humankind’s impact on other species and on the rights of non-human entities (Slovenia)

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Marjan Žitnik

Computer Scientist, CEO Maritimo Recycling, which cleans the Adriatic Sea from plastic, upcycling it into innovative use (Slovenia)

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Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako

Creative Industries, Communication and Media (Ghana/Germany)

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Bernd Fesel

director of the European Creative Business Network (ECBN), vice director of the European Capital of Culture (Ruhr Region) and senior advisor to the European Centre for creative economy (Germany)

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Diana Ayton-Shenker

CEO Leonardo/ISAST, Professor at ASU Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, CEO of Global Momenta, founder of the Fast Forward Fund (USA)

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Bradly Dunn Klerks

Expert of Technology and Innovation in Green Fashion, former CEO of Iris van Herpen, works now with Yuima Nakazato (Belgium/Netherlands)

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Babitha George

Partner Quicksand Studio Bangalore, social impact & environmental technology (India)

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Shannon Dosemagen

Director Open Environmental Data Project, President & Executive Director Public Lab, Environmental health advocate (USA)

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Camila Nobrega

Journalist working on social-environmental conflicts and environmental justice for The Guardian, Le Monde, Mongabay. Founder at Beyond the Green (Brazil)

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Luis Felipe Rosado Murillo

Arctic Research Center, Data Scientist, Anthropologist, free and open software research, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Uni. (Brazil)

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Persephone Lewis

specializes in training and organizational management with a focus on American Indian communities, creating impactful, effective, culturally-competant organizations and programs. (USA)

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Audrey-Flore Ngomsik

Scientist, Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development, CEO & Founder Trianon Scientific Communication, CEO Climate Change Strategist (Belgium)

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Andres Colmenares

Environmental activist, lawyer, co-director of The Billion Seconds Institute, a lifelong learning initiative, co-founder of IAM, the creative research lab for socioecological challenges (Columbia)

Artists

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Gijs Schalkx (NL)

Engineer, vehicle that is powered by local and sustainable cooling sources

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Tega Brain (AU)

Environmental engineer, artist who examines how technology shapes ecology

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Sam Lavigne (US)

An environmental chatbot. His work deals with technology, data, surveillance, natural language processing and automation

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Ory Yoshifuji (JP)

He created a robot as an avatar to enable social participation, allowing for new ways of employment for peopole with special needs

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Amina Khoulani (SY)

is a Syrian survivor of Assad’s prisons and she has campaigned for other prisoners and helped to support their families. She was chosen as an International Woman of Courage in March 2020

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Kiya Tadele (Ethiopia)

Director of Yatreda art collective

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Joanna Wright (GB)

Her work deals with the final days of a rural nuclear power station in Wales

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Center for Political Beauty (DE)

The Center for Political Beauty embodies a radical form of humanism. It is an assault troop that establishes moral beauty, political poetry, and human magnanimity. The Center fuses the power of fantasy with the power of history

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Total Refusal (AT)

The pseudo-marxist media guerilla Total Refusal explores and practices strategies for artistic intervention in contemporary computer games

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Rashaad Newsome (US)

Using the diasporic traditions of improvisation, he pulls from the world of advertising, the internet, Art History, and Black and Queer culture to produce counter-hegemonic work

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Alex Verhaest (BE)

Ad Hominem is an interactive philosophical choose-your-own-adventure film, based on Eutopia Unbound, in which the player is cast in the role of Change. The player is invited to pick an answer to questions proposed by four different characters representing four distinct utopic ideas

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Jung Hsu (TW)

Her work has focused on micro-biopolitics and social movements

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Natalia Rivera (CO)

Media artist and designer. My creative processes have focused on developing interactive experiences and a bio-centered use of new media

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Cristhian Avila (PE)

pre-Hispanic music instruments, that are again “played” by the wind with technology assistance, we intend to hear random interpretations of someone else’s past

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Masaki Fujihata (JP)

pioneers of new media art. His project considering the new type of ownership of digital artwork made possible using NFTs, not based on a uniqueness rooted in conventional materials, but as a novel means of ownership utilizing the properties of digital data

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Dora Bartilotti (MX)

Voz Pública is a tactical mediation and participatory art piece that seeks to amplify the protest against gender violence in the urban context of Latin America

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Gabriela Munguía (MX)

Her production recovers different Latin American cosmovisions, speculative thinking, ecomaterialisms and open source technologies to address issues related to geopolitics, reciprocity between species and environmental justice

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Kat Austen (UK)

she focusses on environmental issues and melds disciplines and media, creating sculptural and installations, performances and participatory work. Her praxis is underpinned by extensive research and theory, and driven by a motivation to explore how to move towards a more socially and environmentally just future

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Fara Peluso (IT/DE)

Fara Peluso is an artist and designer who seeks to deepen the relationship between human beings, living organisms and biological processes. Through a speculative practice, Peluso proposes alternative solutions aimed at rebuilding our coexistence with nature.

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Laura Cinti (ZA)

a biodiversity-focused art-science project searching for a female mate for one of the rarest plants on Earth, the extinct-in-the-wild cycad – the Encephalartos woodii. It is a dramatic illustration of how easy it is to lose a species and our biodiversity

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Siobhán McDonald (IE)

Her work centers around climate change, which she develops in art-sci collaborations

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Yuima Nakazato (JP)

Yuima initiated the FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM, an educational project for ambitious, next-generation fashion designers. Yuima seeks to address social issues while pursuing cutting-edge fashion through his collections presented at Haute Couture Week

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Kuang-Yi Ku (TW)

is a bio-artist and speculative designer. He co-founded TW BioArt (a Taiwan bioart community) to stimulate the fields of BioArt and Science + Art in Taiwan. His works often deal with the human body, sexuality, interspecies interactions, and medical technology

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Hypercomf (GR)

seeks to investigate and communicate the perceptual and practical problems that arise in marine ecosystem preservation by inviting the subject of the ocean inside our terrestrial homes and exploring ecosemiotic links and physical interactions between human homes and marine caves

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Bill Fontana (US)

Is internationally known for his pioneering experiments in sound art

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Irakli Sabekia (GE)

create an experimental digital platform that links geographical locations with personal stories. It is about places that had to be abandoned for political, social, ethnic, or religious reasons and about the narratives and stories of the people who lived there. Submitted even before Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the Georgian artist’s poetic and conceptually compelling project is also highly topical

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Marjan Colletti (IT)

Architect, founder of REX/LAB, a robotic lab at Uni Innsbruck, Chair of Building Design & Construction at Uni Bartlett, innovator with new approaches related to environmentally friendly buildings

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Sara Dean, Beth Ferguson, Marina Monsonis (ES/US)

seeks to investigate and communicate the perceptual and practical problems that arise in marine ecosystem preservation by inviting the subject of the ocean inside our terrestrial homes and exploring ecosemiotic links and physical interactions between human homes and marine caves

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Maja Smrekar (SI)

Is one of the most radical artists. She utilizes computation as a tool for critically addressing behavioral engineering within the human-dog-artificial intelligence paradigm

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Karl Markovics (AT)

One of the most interesting actors as well as a film director

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Jana Winderen (NO)

an artist based in Norway with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology. She works with soundscapes deep under water, inside ice or in frequency ranges inaudible to the human ear

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