From September 9 to 13, the Festival for Art, Technology and Society Ars Electronica, will simply ask the question: what should be done now? For the first time, this will be the theme not only in Linz – in the city center and on the JKU campus – but at 120 locations around the globe.
From Silicon Valley to Auckland, from Bergen to Johannesburg, in big cities like L.A., London, Berlin, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo, on a research ship in Antarctica or on the bed of the Adriatic Sea – in the midst of the corona pandemic, this year’s festival is more international than ever before. For the first time, Ars Electronica will take place not only in Linz but at 120 locations around the world. Festival venues can be found on every continent. They will show exhibitions, hold workshops and conferences, stage performances and concerts and offer guided “journeys.”
All programs are aimed at the regional audience – Stay Home, Stay Safe! – and are linked by Ars Electronica to form a unique festival on the Net. Through streams, chats, blogs, social media and Mozilla Hubs, anyone can take part in this unique world tour, visit familiar and unfamiliar places and meet new people: people who use peaceful means to fight against the destruction of our environment, who creatively rebel against the powerful, who demand that technology be oriented towards humans and not the other way around – in short, people who engage with the burning questions of our time. (from the press release)
The announced mode of presentation, theme and spirit of the Festival leaves space to browsing it online (and in the respective locations). We will talk more about it, after living the experience.
Ars Electronica, Linz (Austria), online and around the world
images: (cover 1) The Translucent St Stephens Cathedral (2) Ars Electronica Festival – poster (3) Kinetic Garden – Christiaan Zwanikken