Testing a satellite of the BepiColombo mission at the ESA Large Space Simulator. Credit: ESA / Anneke Le Floc’h

The Network

In cooperation with seven artistic & cultural institutions as well as ESA–European Space Agency, CERN and the ESO–European Southern Observatory, Ars Electronica launched the European Digital Art and Science Network, an international initiative offering artists the chance to spend several weeks at the CERN, the ESO and the Ars Electronica Futurelab. The network aims to link up scientific aspects and ideas with approaches used in digital art. Fostering interdisciplinary work and intercultural exchange as well as gaining access to new target audiences are among its declared goals. There is also strong emphasis on art’s role as a catalyst in processes of social renewal. By creating images and narratives dealing with the potential risks and rewards inherent in technological and scientific development, artists exert an important influence on how our society comes to terms with these innovations.

ESA Residency Award 2016

After three successful cycles of the art&science Residency Award, we are very happy to present our new scientific partner for the fourth residency in the realm of the European Digital Art and Science Network: ESA – the European Space Agency. The residency will again be part of the „European Digital Art and Science Network“ initiated by Ars Electronica and seven cultural partners throughout Europe (Center for the promotion of science, RS – DIG Gallery, SK – Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation, ES – Kapelica Gallery / Kersnikova, SI – GV Art, UK – Laboral, ES – Science Gallery, IE) with the support of the Creative Europe Program of the EU. Until June 20, 2016, artists from any country were invited to apply for a residency at the ESA. This call was open for digital artists, innovative concepts and ideas in the field of art, science and technology.

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Quadrature is the Recipient of a Multi-week Residency at the ESO

The members of the Quadrature artists’ collective, Jan Bernstein, Juliane Götz and Sebastian Neitsch (all DE), are the recipients of this year’s European Digital Art and Science Network residency. Following their successful application in response to the network’s open call, the three artists will soon be traveling to Chile to spend several weeks at the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The second stop on their itinerary is Linz, where the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s staff will provide them with support as they go about developing the project that emerges from their stay in Chile. This work will premiere at the Ars Electronica Festival in early September. The Quadrature artists’ collective was founded in 2012. All three members live and work in Berlin. The focus of their artistic endeavors is on the interface of the physical and digital worlds, a domain populated by objects and code. Read more about the artists…


Semiconductor wins Collide@CERN Ars Electronica Award

161 projects from 53 countries! Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, two English artists collaborating under the name Semiconductor, are this year’s recipients of the Collide@CERN Ars Electronica Award. The recipients of the Collide@CERN Ars Electronica Award do their residency at CERN, the world’s foremost facility for fundamental physics research. This program is meant to be a source of inspiration, a means of discovering new artistic approaches and an opportunity to develop them. The artists’ stay at CERN is followed by a one-month residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, where they receive expert support in bringing the ideas generated at CERN to fruition. Read more about the artists…

Maria Edwards

María Edwards is the first recipient of the residency at ESO

The first recipient of the residency staged under the auspices of the Art & Science Network has been announced. María Ignacia Edwards was selected from among the 140+ applicants from 40 countries who responded to the open call. She will be spending her residency at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile and at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Austria. Find a portrait of María Ignacia Edwards HERE and an interview with her on our blog.