Big Poop Data

An incisively critical commentary on the obsessive and now-so-pervasive harvesting of data and a plea for the protection of our digital privacy—four schoolboys’ sensor-studded WC has garnered them the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica’s netidee Special Prize. In this interview, Ernst Langmantel, the director of netidee, explains what he likes so much about this project, and elaborates on Austria’s largest initiative to nurture the potential of digital networks.

Interview with Christian Kern
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Once again, the Ars Electronica Festival grounds were serving as a playground for young filmmakers. Equipped with camera and microphone, youngsters with physical handicaps were able to work together with mentors from an association named FAB to document what has happened at the festival and the various approaches artists and visitors were taking to the 2016 theme.

Die Entscheidung
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“Die Entscheidung” (The Decision), a computer game about life-threatening cancer, greatly impressed this year’s Prix Ars Electronica jury and garnered the Golden Nica in the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category for 17-year-old Jonas Bodingbauer. At the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival he will not only receive the award in POSTCITY during the u19 ceremony – here you will also have the chance to chat personally with him about his computer game. For the blog, he told us about his game.

u19 Create Your World Festival Workshop

The Prix Ars Electronica’s u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category is an annual opportunity for young people to garner recognition for their creative projects with great future promise. And once again this year, the prizewinning works are being honored and exhibited at the Ars Electronica Festival September 8-12, 2016. The new wrinkle this year: the young participants themselves are determining what the exhibition looks like and how it works.


Austrian actor Ferry Öllinger was already a familiar face to audiences in German-speaking Europe when his big breakthrough came playing Chief Inspector Kroisleitner in the popular TV cop show “SOKO Kitzbühel”. At the 2014 Prix Ars Electronica, he’s cast in quite a different role: juror in the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category.


During monday afternoon’s Festival rallye, we sighted Nora and Ilvy in the Brucknerhaus amidst an exhibition of brains in glass jars. They also listened in to recordings from all over the world emanating from a spherical sound storage medium rotating like a globe. At the Ars Electronica Center, the two girls improvised on the set […]


Christina and Alina joined the Festival rallye today. In the Brucknerhaus, they contributed a picture of our world to Benjamin Pollach’s World Map Archive. Then, the curious duo observed how the Table of Gazes draws faces by following the subject’s eye movements. In the Campus exhibition featuring young Israeli artists, Christina and Alina focused on […]