A Festival at the Nexus of Art, Technology and Society

Exhibitions, conferences, speeches, presentations, workshops, open labs, galleries, performances, interventions, screenings, concerts—the Ars Electronica Festival offers something for everyone.
The dimensions and diversity of the program reflect the breadth of perspectives and visions of the approximately 1,000 artists, scientists, social activists and entrepreneurs from all over the world who are the dramatis personae of this gathering. Festivalgoers can select what’s most fascinating and relevant to them and assemble their own personal must-see list every day!

Exhibitions

The Ars Electronica Festival is the foremost address for fans of media art. Spending all five days visiting exhibitions is a doable option for festivalgoers. The largest and most important shows are the Theme Exhibition and the CyberArts Exhibition—the former, a compilation of artistic approaches to the year’s festival theme; the latter a showcase of excellence in the media art genre. Examples of trailblazing collaboration among art and industry are on display in the STARTS Exhibition, the yearly culmination of the European Commission’s initiative focusing on innovation at the interface of science, technology and the arts (STARTS).
Works by up-and-coming young artists in the UNESCO City of Media Arts Linz take the spotlight in an exhibition by Linz Art University’s Interface Cultures master’s program. The school also hosts Ars Electronica Campus featuring outstanding work being done by students and faculty members at a guest university. Our Featured Artists are the stars of a show in the LENTOS Art Museum. Meanwhile, across the Danube in Ars Electronica Center, festivalgoers can take in several exhibitions and experience world-class projection technology in Deep Space 8K. .

Conferences, Summits, Open Labs, Workshops

Ars Electronica functions not only as a stage for pioneers in art and science; it’s also a forum that nurtures dialog and a wide-ranging discourse. In this spirit, each annual festival includes a series of conferences, summits, open labs and workshops. The most important conference is the symposium on the festival theme—over two days, experts from throughout the world present their visions of the future and their takes on the current year’s featured topic.
The Future Innovators Summit is characterized by a unique format in which artists, designers, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, social activists and philosophers explore new modes of collective brainstorming and creative prototype development. Prizewinning media artists have their say at the Prix Forums, moderated talks and round-table discussions presenting the men and women singled out for recognition by the Prix Ars Electronica, their works and visions of the future.

Concerts, Performances, DJ Sets

An Ars Electronica without music would be inconceivable! With a Prix Ars Electronica category of its very own, digital music is the soundtrack of every festival. Getting things started is the Opening event on the evening of Day 1—concerts, performances and DJ sets serve up a mix of digital and analog music garnished with visualizations by prizewinning artists. On Friday, the Ars Electronica Nightline provides an attractive option for night owls and other party animals. On Sonic Saturday the focus shifts to highly sophisticated forms of digital music and sound art at a symposium hosted by Anton Bruckner Private University. That evening, the Danube is the centerpiece of an alfresco spectacle, the Klangwolke (Cloud of Sound). DJ sets at OK Night conclude this eventful day on a high note.
The highlight of the Sunday lineup is the Big Concert Night. Part 1 features the Bruckner Orchestra under chief conductor Markus Poschner; the prizewinners in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Digital Musics category take the stage in Part 2. The last day of the festival is Music Monday with a jam-packed lineup of performances, concerts and discursive formats on digital music.

DEEP SPACE 8K

High-definition images or 3-D applications in 8K, interactive gaming worlds, films, performances or concerts—Deep Space 8K in the Ars Electronica Center is a unique venue and the perfect stage for a broad spectrum of experiments. Throughout the festival, a specially curated lineup is screened here.

Expanded Animation, Animation Screening, Electronic Theater

The Prix Ars Electronica has been a showcase of excellence in animation since 1987. Every year, hundreds of animated films are submitted for prize consideration; the best of them is honored with the Golden Nica. An extensive selection of outstanding recent works is screened in Moviemento. Nearby, filmmakers, game designers, media artists and scientists will be gathering in CENTRAL for the Expanded Animation Symposium to elaborate on trends in this genre.

U19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD: Future Festival of the Next Generation

As a festival within a festival, u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD invites young people and the young-at-heart to present their ideas and visions of the future, to engage in a process of exchange, reciprocal inspiration, and collaboration to move forward.
Details about all exhibitions and events on the Ars Electronica Festival lineup will be published here this summer. The 2018 Festival Calendar provides an initial overview …