Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

Ars Electronica


Since 1979, Ars Electronica has sought out interlinkages and congruities, causes and effects on the nexus of art, technology and society. The ideas circulating here are innovative, radical, eccentric in the best sense of that term. They influence our everyday life—our lifestyle, our way of life, every single day.

The Festival as proving ground, the Prix as competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-‘round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab and Ars Electronica Solutions as as in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Ars Electronica’s divisions inspire one another and put futuristic visions to the test in a unique, creative feedback loop. It’s an integrated organism continuously reinventing itself.


Ars Electronica Future Lab and Festival

Infrastructure: 3.000 square meters exhibit space.

Workspace: Desktop workstation, printer

Project Space for test presentation environment

Labs (available for artists or researchers and used by students and pupils): BioLab, MaterialLab, CitizenLab, SecondBodyLab, DeepSpace 8k (16 x 9m wall and floor (each surface has 4 projectors) – available in 3D)
Integrating different cultures of knowledge is a central aim of the Ars Electronica Lab, which runs through all subject areas. At the CitizenLab, we examine the question of what it means to participate as a citizen in our societal context and become active in designing a smart and sustainable way of life. The SecondBodyLab offers insights into the world of prosthetics, a field that combines craftsmanship, technology, and science, and has a history stretching from ancient Egypt to the cutting-edge prosthetics of today. It also explores technological body extensions such as brain-computer interfaces. The MaterialLab is a space for innovative experimentation with all kinds of materials. Visitors can delve into the world of material research and experiment with different production methods. In the BioLab, the focus is on the human organism and the processes of life taking place on the cellular and molecular levels. Current scientific methods allow us not only to observe biological processes and make them visible, but also to intervene in them in many ways.

Ars Electronica’s in-house experts (Festival crew, Futurelab and Center staff): multidisciplinary staff (including programmers, engineers, psychologists, curators, media engineers, teachers…)

Communication Network

Technical Equipment: Fully equipped wood/ cabinetry workshop, metal/ metal fabricating with hoisting capabilities of up to 75 tons, electrical/ electronic shop and paint shop with a volume of 200 cubic metres with lifting capabilities of up to 5 tons.