The successful work being done by the Ars Electronica Futurelab is attributable in no small measure to effective collaboration with a wide array of partners in key manufacturing sectors, the creative economy and the art world, academia and diverse educational institutions. These thumbnail sketches of some of our cooperative efforts provide an impression of our activities spectrum.
Over the years, SAP, Europe’s largest software producer, has commissioned the Futurelab to create a wide variety of visualizations depicting the progressive character of this company. It all started with a graphic representation of the comings and goings of visitors to SAP’s Berlin headquarters projected onto the building’s façade. One of the highlights was the design of the monoliths that adorn its corporate campus in Walldorf, Germany. These high-profile artistic expressions are upshots of the Futurelab’s extensive experience in the areas of art-in-architecture, digital signage and mixed reality.
As the inventor of the automobile, Daimler is committed to configuring the future of mobility that’s safe and sustainable. The Stuttgart-based car company is also on the forefront in the development of autonomous cars, as the research vehicle Mercedes-Benz F015 boldly demonstrates. Together with the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Mercedes Benz is having a collaboration since 2013, solving questions which revolve around the future communication of automotive robot cars and human beings in the future.
Together with HAKUHODO INC., one of the world’s foremost marketing & advertizing services, the Ars Electronica Futurelab is developing new forms of communication and creating artistic approaches that serve as driving forces for so-called disruptive innovations. FUTURE CATALYSTS is a joint platform designed to nurture synergies with selected world-class innovators in fields of art, science and technology. The mission: to develop new concepts, ideas and strategies and thereby come up with answers to creative questions.
Japan’s most important science center, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Miraikan, engages in an ongoing process of exchange with the Ars Electronica Futurelab in order to provide laypeople with access to and insights into the emerging technologies that will impact our future. For years now, this cooperative effort has focused intensively on visualizing global interrelationships. “Sorting Out Cities,” an animated film produced by Dietmar Offenhuber and the Ars Electronica Futurelab on the basis of the Geo-Cosmos platform developed in Japan, shows urban development of the future to spectators in the Ars Electronica Center’s Deep Space 8K.
MIT Media Lab
Media Lab, a department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is considered one of the world’s leading R&D facilities exploring technology-supported learning and new forms of communication. The Futurelab and MIT are partners in an extensive program of research based on a process of ongoing exchange
With the project “Swarmlogistics”, the Ars Electronica Futurelab intends to create the technical prerequisites of a UAV-based transport- and logistics-system for Austria. Being a part of the competence network involved, the KNAPP AG provides the know-how for the logistical operations. The Graz-based enterprise ranks among the global market leaders of suppliers of intralogistic complete solutions and automated warehouse systems. Next to the effects of drones on the distribution process, several designs for the economic benefit ought to be developed in corporation.