The team consists of men and women with expertise in a wide range of fields—art, computer science, graphics, media design, media technology, music, physics, sociology, mechatronics, sociology, economics, public relations, political sciences et al.

A transdisciplinary approach to work isn’t just a “methodology we strive to apply” here; it’s the reality we’ve been putting into practice on an everyday basis for 20 years, and one that goes far beyond dovetailing various artistic disciplines.

Horst Hörtner

Senior Director

Christopher Lindinger

Christopher Lindinger

Director Research & Innovation

Roland Haring

Roland Haring

Technical Director

Gloria Bope

Lab Assistance

Roland Aigner

Key Researcher & Artist

Florian Berger

Key Researcher & Artist

Maria Eschlböck

Senior Producer

Peter Freudling

Senior Producer

Matthew Gardiner

Matthew Gardiner

Key Researcher & Artist

Rachel Hanlon

Researcher and Artist

Anna Kuthan

Senior Producer

Dr. Martina Mara

Key Researcher

Michael Mayr

Senior Researcher & Artist

Kristefan Minski

Senior Producer & Artist

Stefan Mittlböck- Jungwirth- Fohringer

Lead Producer & Artist

Otto Naderer

Senior Researcher & Artist

Nicolas Naveau

Senior Researcher & Artist

Ali Nikrang

Senior Researcher & Artist

Emiko Ogawa

Emiko Ogawa

Researcher and Artist

Hideaki Ogawa

Key Researcher & Artist

Maria Pfeifer

Senior Curator

Johannes Pöll

Senior Researcher & Artist

Erwin Reitböck

Senior Producer

Artists and Scientists in Residence

Lea & Jakob Illera

During their SPARKS residency in April 2016, Lea and Jakob Illera realized their artistic vision of nanorobots that measure bodily functions and values, and convey the information they gather directly to the nervous system. The ethical discussions this raises revolve around, among other issues, the question of whether such interventions constitute a form of personality manipulation.

Lucy McRae

SPARKS resident Lucy McRae’s observational documentary entitled “The Institute of Isolation” shows the artist herself undergoing a process of physical self-optimization. She treats the subjects of human evolution and heredity, as well as modification and enhancement of the body by means of human interventions and technologies.

Anouk Wipprecht

Over the course of her 2016 SPARKS residency, fashiontech celebrity Anouk Wipprecht created a wearable that facilitates providing therapy to children with autism and Asperger syndrome. Agent Unicorn, her accessory developed in collaboration with a team of neuroscientists and other specialists, registers the wearer’s observations via EEG.

Maria Ignacia Edwards

Under the aegis of the European Digital Art & Science Network, María Ignacia Edwards developed her idea derived from the interrelationship between an individual unit and a superordinate whole. The artistic transition into an all-encompassing concept ensued at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, where the software to control the EBow, the hardware and the mechanical devices that went into her “Encounters” installation were developed.

Zachary Liebermann

As the first TRANSMIT³ resident, Zachary Liebermann and a group of students jointly conducted research on scientific questions—for example, “How do cells move?” and “How were mountains formed?”—and then presented their findings on The Cube, a jumbo display in Brisbane, Australia. The subjects of their research were scaling and proportions in conjunction with the process of visualizing and depicting content on interactive media.

Golan Levin

“Telesymphony,” a concert performance Golan Levin created during his term as artist-in-residence, was played out on the ringtones of audience members’ cell phones, 200 of which were simultaneously “orchestrated” in the piece’s grand finale. A visualization of the musical structures was screened on a huge projection system featuring interfaces hooked up directly to the performers.

Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda, the third recipient of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN residency, immersed himself into the realm of subatomic particles, the Large Hadron Collider, and theoretical and experimental physics in July 2014. The world-famous Japanese media artist also engaged in an intensive process of exchange about the relationship between the worlds of art and science with his scientific inspiration partner, Dr. Tom Melia.

Sonja Bäumel

Under the auspices of Project Genesis, an outgrowth of the Studiolab ( partnership initiative supported by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program, Sonja Bäumel scrutinized human beings as walking biotopes. To make the hidden diversity of this ecosystem visible, “Metabodies” focused on communication among bacteria, which is unique to each person.

Julius von Bismarck

Julius von Bismarck, a recipient of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN Award, created an installation entitled “Versuch unter Kreisen” (Experiment among Circles) that focused on vibration, harmony, dissonance, interference, frequency overlapping and chaos. The mathematically calculated cyclical motion of lamps is inspired by wave patterns that occur in nature in such minute or enormous dimensions that they’re invisible to the human eye.

Petra Gemeinböck

Zwischenräume” (Interstices), an installation by Petra Gemeinböck and Rob Saunders in Vienna’s Museumsquartier, served as a template for Gemeinböck’s residency project, “Accomplice,” consisting of several robots that make their way through a gallery space by means of hammers. This scenario demonstrates what happens when the space itself (or a part of it) plays an active role in the performance and interacts with spectators.

Dietmar Offenhuber

In conjunction with Connecting Cities, a project subsidized by the Europe Union, Dietmar Offenhuber developed “Urban Entropy,” a staged performance on the subject of complaint and repair. On the basis of real-time data provided by the City of Linz’s municipal service agencies, the Ars Electronica Center’s façade reflected the daily routine of maintaining public infrastructure. Thus, the project shows infrastructure as process. On the façade, a random binary pattern is incessantly sorted out until the next dispatch confounds the effort to get things organized once and for all and the whole process starts anew.

Laura Beloff

“HAME,” a project that addresses certain extreme forms of behavior, was created during Laura Beloff’s term as an artist-in-residence. This work was an outgrowth of her interest in phenomena such as hysteria and boredom, both of which are considered mental states that manifest themselves in an individual’s behavior and can be inferred from it. Furthermore, both are said to afflict women in particular. Sigmund Freud’s case study about Dora, “Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria,” served as a script on which this work was loosely based.