Embedded in the inspiring setting of the Ars Electronica Festival in POSTCITY Linz, the Future Innovators Summit is once again inviting motivated individuals from the worlds of art, technology and science to exchange ideas and thereby formulate questions of central importance to humankind’s future. FIS project director Hideaki Ogawa offers some conceptual points of departure for a stimulating encounter with the big issue: artificial intelligence.
The Institute for Pedagogy and Psychology at Johannes Kepler University of Linz has just received funding for a research project on wearables. We talked to Prof. Bernad Batinic, director of JKU’s Department of Psychology of Work, Organizations and the Media, about wearable technology, the many ways it can be deployed, and the dream of big data visualization.
The Patient Innovation-platform has brought forward many revolutionary ideas for treating all kinds of diseases. They’ve been developed solely by affected people who as non-experts truly deserve exposure – also at the exhibition “Beyond the Lab: The D.I.Y. Science Revolution” at Ars Electronica Center.
This years edition of the mega rock festival ROCK IN RIO will be the first to wow its audience with an illuminated swarm of drones. But before the Ars Electronica Spaxels® can enchant a one-million-plus of people between September 15th and 24th, a three-day marathon rehearsal was staged in Upper Austria over the last Week in March.
Timothy Omer is a part of the DIY revolution in the healthcare system and also of the SPARKS-initiated exposition “Beyond The Lab”, which is opening at the 29th of March at the Ars Electronica Center. His example of hacking Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems demonstrates that patients get a grip on their condition.
Even in the 21st century, robotics R&D is still a male domain. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we discussed this issue with Martina Mara of the Ars Electronica Futurelab. She’s a media psychologist and director of robo-psychology.
The seventh edition in the “Ars Electronica in the Knowledge Capital” series tells the story of the design of a product from the future to its materialization. Until May 7, 2017, the visitors of the special exhibition in Osaka will look at two approaches of prototypes, which are summarized under the title “InduSTORY”.
As Tokyo will be facing the challenge of hosting a huge influx of tourists in 2020, NTT, Japan’s biggest Telecommunication company, and Ars Electronica Futurelab are working on a sky compass to guide the people.
By designing a futuristic foodwall the Ars Electronica Futurelab adds up to SAP’s aspiration in providing a futuristic gastro-concept with its freshly opened “Data Kitchen” restaurant.
For 15 years SAP has collaborations with the Linz-based Ars Electronica Futurelab. The newest project had its disclosure on the 12th of December at Berlin Mitte: the „Data Space“ at Rosenthalerstraße 38.
The exhibition space at Ars Electronica Center is full of challenging art. It recently served as a place, some of Japan’s most renowned companies gathered ideas from.
The Linz Synagogue that was destroyed in 1938 has been reconstructed—at least, virtually—and it’s now possible to tour it in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center. In this interview, Danielle Spera, director of the Jewish Museum of Vienna, talked to us about the general significance of a synagogue as well as her personal connection to the Jewish house of worship in Linz.
For the Japanese enterprise NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) all signs are pointing towards 2020. The giant in telecommunication and Ars Electronica Futurelab as a forray collaboratively developed two pilot projects which were up to guide the visitors of the Ars Electronica Festival 2016 in a stunning fashion.
On Kristallnacht in November 1938, a mob acting on orders of the Nazi regime broke into the Linz Synagogue—like so many other Jewish houses of worship that night—ransacked it and set it ablaze. All that remained of the synagogue was a burnt-out ruin.
You get an exchange of creative ideas in advertisement agencies by the day, but not with everyday people or your fellow neighbors. The Future Catalysts (Ars Electronica Futurelab x Hakuhodo) take the fundamental idea of engaging people in a collective brainstorming further. They incorporate the Shadowgram-Project into the “People Thinking Lab” to make us ponder about how we see the future.
Before the 100 Spaxels make their European public debut above the Danube on Saturday, September 10, 2016 just before the opening act of the Klangwolke, they’ll be subjected to a rigorous physical exam. The first two test flights already took place this week—the quadcopters lifted off from a secluded field in Mühlviertel, the rural area north of Linz, and put on quite a show (that not too many people got to see).
Since its inception at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2014, The Future Innovators Summit (FIS) has grown and developed into a reputable frame and a new model for creative discussions about the future. This year is the culmination of 3 year’s experience and collaborative partnerships which has led to an expanded format and a significant increase of applicants for the open call.
A spectacular Spaxels show will be the lead-in to the 2016 Klangwolke, Linz’s annual outdoor extravaganza. The DRONE 100 crew has already made a name for itself worldwide; now, the record-setting quadcopter formation of the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Intel™ Corporation is making its European debut. Here, Chris Bruckmayr and Andreas Jalsovec talk about some of the exotic airspaces they’ve flown through over the course of their Spaxels career.
This will be the first public appearance in Europe of the world’s largest autonomous drone swarm. Just before the Visualisierte Klangwolke in September 2016, the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s 100 Spaxels will display their aerial artistry in Linz. Here, Chris Bruckmayr and Andreas Jalsovec of the Spaxels crew talk about all the preparations and work that goes into such a performance.
Violent explosions are sources of particular fascination to artist Aoife Van Linden Tol. An art&science residency is giving her the opportunity to visit the European Space Agency (ESA) and Ars Electronica Futurelab to soak up a healthy dose of inspiration for her next project. In this interview, she talks about, among other things, the fact that there’s a lot more to explosions than destructive force.
“The Conduit” is part performance, part interactive installation that investigates social engagement and the consequences of speculative technological and political frameworks. Participants will negotiate an 8 bit simulation of the future and its effects on our everyday social interactions. The Society for Cultural Optimism has developed a framework for the creation of a future society, which ought to be established by the visitors of the Ars Electronica Deep Space 8K.
Designer, artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy explores the structures and systems of social interaction, identity as well as self-presentation and the potential of technology of how it can influence the dynamics between those traits. During her Transmit³-Residency at the Queensland University of Technology, she wants to find out about the influence of Big Data on the togetherness in front of the large multimedia-display “The Cube”.
The first series of SPARKS exhibitions running in four European cities showcases four artist-in-residency recipients’ highly individualistic takes on the subject of Responsible Research and Innovation and the fascinating ways they developed them further at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
Linz Art University’s Time-based and Interactive Media bachelor’s program offers students the opportunity to create interactive works especially for Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center. Read more about it in this interview with the program director, Prof. Gerhard Funk.
The Ars Electronica Futurelab is serving as scientific associate in conjunction with an innovative five-year series of special exhibitions at the TMW. Three exhibitions are planned for this „Weiter_Gedacht_“ series that premieres on June 8th and will run from 2016 to 2021.
Music Tech Fest is a giant creative laboratory and festival of music ideas that brings together artists and scientists, academics and industry. In Ljubljana, in September 2015, the festival awarded a prize to Ars Electronica Futurelab’s Jonathan Rutherford and Music Technology PhD researcher Tracy Redhead.
At the Ars Electronica Festival in 2014, three participants in the Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy Programme presented SquareTalk. The project recently won the ‘expression’ category at the prestigious 2016 IXDA awards.
Nanoparticles have become an essential part in the food chain as they provide better fluid properties, color and preservation. Science classifies them at least as critical. In contrast, nanomachines, or so-called nanobots are applied in the cure of cancer. In the course of the third SPARKS-residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Jakob and Lea Illera have developed the medical gain further in the guise of nanobots. They function as messengers to block the appetite for unhealthy food and should rid the world of problems from obesity.
The artist and second SPARKS-resident, Lucy McRae, is a representative of the genre Science Fiction. She came to Linz in order to shoot scenes for her film-project which is her approach to the topic of “Responsible Research and Innovation” – the research objective of the SPARKS-program. Compared to her predecessor, Anouk Wipprecht, who built a fashionable wearable, the Australian body architect Lucy McRae focuses on the possibility of adapting the human body to extraordinary situations.
The idea of tycoons and governmental institutions being able to know more about us than ourselves by tracing our internet behavior, is a rather frightening one. But in reality, they know less than we think – that point has been proven by Mark Shepard, Julian Oliver and Moritz Stefaner with their project “False Positive” which took place during last year’s Ars Electronica Festival edition in the course of the by now completed EU project “Connecting Cities”.