“And then, fortunately, the birds didn’t fall out of the sky,” said Michael Treml in a terse summary of the outcome of work over many months by an Ars Electronica Futurelab team at Rock in Rio 2017, the first public SPAXELS® drone show using Swarm3D software developed in-house in Linz. We were interested in finding out what this program can actually do and why this Futurelab custom creation is now also available as a plug-in for 3ds Max?
What are some real ways to achieve climate & energy goals? What measures have to be implemented and where do you get started? The Ars Electronica Futurelab was invited by the department of Spatial Planning (TU Vienna) and the City of Linz (Planning, Technology, Environment) to join a consortium working on E_PROFIL, a toolkit that can be used to take the first step.
School of the Future creates the setting for discussions about technology, society and art right in the middle of Tokyo. The format consists of a regular series of temporary exhibitions and round-table discussions that the Ars Electronica Futurelab stages in the Tokyo Midtown complex in the heart of Japan’s megalopolis. Sound interesting? Read on!
What are the possibilities of swarm intelligence? How can drones be used to make transportation and communications easier? The Ars Electronica Futurelab is working together with Japanese telecommunications company NTT to find answers. In this interview, Hideaki Ogawa of Ars Electronica Futurelab and Shingo Kinshita of NTT tell us about their efforts.
Visitors of this year’s Ars Electronica Festival will be able to actually take command of an earthmover with their eye movements and mental powers. Read what it takes to participate and how this mind-melting experiment came into existence.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
“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 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.
Legendary concert halls like the Disney Hall of the L.A. Phil are famous for their forwardthinking events. Fittingly, the Ars Electronica Futurelab was invited to visualize Maurice Ravel’s famous cycle of fairytales, “Mother Goose” on three consecutive nights between the 12th and the 14th of February.