Founded in 1979 around a festival for art, technology and society in Linz, Ars Electronica extravagated for 7 years until it found itself and became a yearly event.
But Ars Electronica surpassed with time the mere happening status, becoming a movement and maintaining since 1996 a media center and museum dubbed the Ars Electronica Center, where courses, tours and a technology lab are hosted. With its own award, the Prix Ars Electronica, it popularizes jutting cyberarts innovations, and the Future Lab fosters amazing concepts like the Pixelspace of Horst Hörtner presented below:
We were present this year and enjoyed a full day of awe-inspiring presentations and exhibits.
As the topic of this year’s festival is “Origin – How it all begins”, it is only natural that the festival was populated by many scientists from CERN. We popped in on a debate around the importance of the Higgs and found out about many other possible scenarios, in case its existence should be refuted. An answer is expected in the next 1,5 years.
The main attraction for me was the exhibition area, where we gazed in a voracious manner at everything from neuronal headsets to a live shadow story told by a toy train.
Enclosing, we mingled with the massive crowd in an attempt to enjoy the enthralling fireworks spectacle, but didn’t last long on the jam-packed streets, so we left while we still had that “aha”-moment going.
Ars Electronica is definitely a landmark of its own in Europe and all around the world and adheres to spreading an interdisciplinary take on innovation like TED, making it that much more interesting waiting for next year’s line-up.