Ars Electronica Gardens Exhibition


Garden Aotearoa

arc/sec Lab the University of Auckland (NZ), DARA Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)

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Since 2020, the Ars Electronica Garden Aotearoa has been New Zealand’s contribution to the International Ars Electronica Festival. It is a bi-directional portal to visit the creative and emerging technology scene of the South Pacific, assembling selected projects from New Zealand’s technologists, artists and university researchers.

The arc/sec Lab at the University of Auckland (UoA) and the Digital Architecture Research Alliance (DARA) at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) are proud to organize a selection of four projects from the New Zealand exhibition to be showcased at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival.


The arc/sec Lab for Cyber-Physical Design and Interactive Systems is based at the University of Auckland. The Lab explores real time Reactive Architecture through the fusion of digital information and physical constructions. The arc/sec team works in different constellations and across diverse disciplines. Large-scale prototypes and installations at the Lab are the starting point for both the development of practice-oriented applications and a speculation on the future of our built environment.

DARA (Digital Architecture Research Alliance) is a research platform that takes its roots from the emerging and computable patterns of cities and cultures to lead spatial design towards a multi-dimensional and -nodal integration. DARA, located at the Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand collaborates with digital instruments and designers to lead people-focused spatial design for a liveable future environment.


Assoc. Professor Uwe Rieger, arc/sec Lab, UoA
Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel, DARA, VUW
Yinan Liu, arc/sec Lab, UoA
Tane Moleta, DARA, VUW