Art, technology, society. Since 1979, Ars Electronica has been investigating how they are connected and where they interface, scrutinizing current developments and manifestations emerging where these interactions are taking place. The ideas identified and developed here are innovative, radical and offbeat in the best sense of these terms, ideas that already influence our lives and will soon be changing our world.

… this is Ars Electronica

Ars Electronica is a cultural institution, an educational facility and an R&D lab based in Linz, Austria. Like no other institution, Ars Electronica represents a comprehensive approach in the confrontation with techno-cultural phenomena and enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence. It is comprised of several divisions:

The ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL (since 1979) takes place every September in Linz. Every year, more than 1,000 artists and scientists, creators and engineers, activists and entrepreneurs from all over the world take part and present their projects and visions for the future. In 2018, the festival counted more than 100,000 visits. Photo album

The PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA (since 1987) is the world's most lucrative and traditional competition for artistic works at the interface of science and technology. First awarded in 1987, the competition documents the worldwide influence of media art, with around 4,000 submissions from more than 100 countries every year. Photo album

The ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER (since 1996) focuses on exhibitions, educational programs, and training sessions, which are guided by the question of how new technologies and sciences will change our lives and how we can play an active and self-confident role in shaping our future. In 2018 alone, the Ars Electronica Center recorded more than 180,000 visitors. Photo album

The ARS ELECTRONICA FUTURELAB (since 1996) stands for inspiration and creativity. Here, artists, engineers and developers work together as a team and promote artistic projects or conduct contract research. Photo album

ARS ELECTRONICA EXPORT (since 2004) is collaborating with partners from the worlds of art and culture, science and education, business and industry on projects all over the world. The spectrum ranges from exhibitions and presentations to performances and interventions to conferences, workshops, training, and mentoring sessions. Photo album

ARS ELECTRONICA SOLUTIONS (since 2012) turns the creations and prototypes of the Ars Electronica ecosystem into marketable products for business and industry. Photo album

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