Ars Electronica – a historical Festival and institution dedicated to art, technology and society – for several years now has included Futurelab, a laboratory and atelier for future systems which takes account of the progress being made in robotics, artificial intelligence, architecture, interactive technologies and aesthetic forms in a discourse that moves between disciplines and transnational collaborations. Over the years this institution has offered artists many opportunities, promoting encounters between art and science.
It is currently giving the opportunity to take up a residency divided between SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in California and Ars Electronica Futurelab itself. The artists bring to the Ars Electronica laboratories the experience gained at SETI, where a mentor guides them in scientific research committed to studying life in the universe, into a transversal focus spanning areas such as astronomy, physics, astrobiology, climate and Earth science. This is a good opportunity for an exchange between art and science, an exchange not always as easy as it may appear.