About Ars Electronica Futurelab

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Ars Electronica Futurelab focuses on the future at the nexus of art, technology and society. We consider our works as sketches of possible future scenarios in art-based, experimental forms. In this way, we are aiming at developing contributions through methods and strategies of applied science, the results of which reveal new knowledge and experiences of societal relevance in art and science. The lab’s team bases its work commitment upon transdisciplinary research and work which results in a variety of different disciplines at the lab. Having Artists and Researchers from all over the globe collaborating with – and taking residencies at – the Ars Electronica Futurelab, is fundamental to this Atelier/Laboratory. Our range of services concentrates on expertise developed throughout the years in fields such as media art, architecture, design, interactive exhibitions, virtual reality and real-time graphics.




The team consists of about 25 members from different disciplines such as architecture, biology, chemistry, graphics, informatics, art, media design, media technology, music, physics, sociology, telematics, etc.

Transdisciplinary work is not just an aspired method but a living reality which has been existent here for 16 years and transcends a mere cooperation of a few artistic disciplines.


The Ars Electronica Futurelab has received various national and international awards. This is a selection of some of the most important awards:

Caesar 2011

(Linz, 21.10.2011) At this year’s Caeasar Gala, the Ars Electronica Linz GmbH was awarded the Upper Austrian communications award “Caesar” in the category “Event” for the exhibition tent “Linz Changes”. The innovative exhibition which provides unusual and fascinating insights into the living space of Linz was commissioned by Unternehmensgruppe Linz and was recently displayed at […]

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Animago Award
Animago Award 2006

The Animago competition was held for the tenth time in 2006 by Digital Production magazine. This is the most important award for excellence in digital content creation in German-speaking Europe according to animago.com. Linz’s Ars Electronica Futurelab took 2nd Place in the Professional/Interactive/Realtime category for its Schönbrunn project.

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World Summit Award 2005
World Summit Award 2005

The official Austrian contribution to the summit promoted awareness of the importance of high-quality digital content on the part of heads of state, government officials, managers of multinational corporations and representatives of NGOs. More than 500 delighted guests attended the World Summit Award Gala on opening night of the UN World Summit on the Information […]

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Staatspreis Multimedia und e-Business für Wirtschaft und Arbeit
Staatspreis Multimedia und e-Business des BM für Wirtschaft und Arbeit 2005

(Wien, 21.9.2005) Out of 275 submissions, the jury chose the “Staatspreis für Multimedia & e-Business 2005” (National Award for Multimedia and e-Business). It was awarded  to the Ars Electronica Futurelab for “Gulliver’s World”. This edutainment was also nominated for the “World Summit Award” (WSA) as one of the40 best new media products in the world. […]

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Adolf-Loos-Staatspreis 2003
Adolf-Loos-Staatspreis 2003

The Ars Electronica Futurelab, together with designer Scott Ritter, received the Adolf-Loos-Staatspreis in the “Experimental Design” category for the project “Future Office Table”. On Monday, October 6, 2003, the winners of the Adolf-Loos-Staatspreis for Design 2003 were announced at an award ceremony.

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Zukunftspreis 2003
Oberösterreichischer Zukunftspreis 2003

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Kunstwürdigungspreis der Stadt Linz
Kunstwürdigungspreis der Stadt Linz 2002

On November, 2002, the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s team was awarded the “Kunstwürdigungspreis” of the City of Linz in the “Design” category.

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Ars Electronica 2000
Prix Ars Electronica 2000 – Anerkennung

The Ars Electronica Futurelab was awarded an Award of Distinction in the Prix Ars Electronica.net category for the project “TeleZone”. “TeleZone” is a robotic installation with Internet components that enable the Web community to build a city, view it, and fill it with social life. The “TeleZone” installation is a unique blend of virtual and […]

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List of the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s publications:

Effects of Lateral Head Tilt on User Perceptions of Humanoid and Android Robots. Computers in Human Behavior 2015

Mara, M. & Appel, M. (2015). Effects of Lateral Head Tilt on User Perceptions of Humanoid and Android Robots. Computers in Human Behavior. pp. 326 – 334 Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563214004774

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Fostering creativity through artistic interventions: two stories of failed attempts to commodify creativity 2015

Raviola, E. & Schnugg, C. (2015) Fostering creativity through artistic interventions: two stories of failed attempts to commodify creativity. In: Ulla Sköldberg, Jill Woodilla and Ariane Berthoin Antal (Eds) Artistic Interventions in Organizations. Research, theory and practice. New York: Routledge, pp. 90-108. Link: https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138821132

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Media and Identity 2014

Appel, M., Mara, M., & Weber, S. (2014). Media and Identity. In M.B. Oliver & A. Raney (Eds.), Media and Social Life. New York: Routledge. pp. 16 – 28 Link: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415828475/

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