One of the essential facets of the Ars Electronica Festival is the wide variety of formats it provides for a scholarly encounter with the cyberarts. In addition to the A New Cultural Economy Symposium the Festival schedule many interesting conferences: award-winning artists will discuss their work at the Prix Forums; the ars foyer provides a setting for artists to showcase their work and to present the environment in which they live and create art. Conferences hosted by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research as well as panel discussions organized by Radio FRO, mica, the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) and the Future Kitchen will round out the discourse.

A New Cultural Economy Symposium »

The 2008 Ars Electronica Symposium is curated by Joichi Ito (J) - Activist, Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist. Joichi Ito is the CEO of Creative Commons, a non-profit organization which provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their  creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. He is co-founder of and board member of Digital Garage in Japan. He is on the board of a number of non-profit organizations including WITNESS, The Mozilla Foundation and Global Voices. He has helped start or has been an angel investor in a number of Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Infoseek Japan, Flickr,, Technorati, Six Apart, Dopplr,Twitter, Socialtext, Kongregate and Rupture.

Prix Ars Electronica Forum »

The Prix Ars Electronica prize winners and their work occupy the center of attention at the Prix Forums. They´ll be joined in these discussions by jury members and prominent experts from around the world.


acar2: WerkNetz - Sustainable Design of a Cultivated Equilibrium »

07.09. | 14:00-23:59

afo architekturforum oberösterreich

Revitalization Project
Finding new uses for deserted train stations as a decentralized platform for the design of post-industrial forms of production in the context of sustainability.


campus | Tokyo Conference »

06.09. | 10:00-16:30

Kunstuniversität Linz / Hauptplatz

Crossing the boundary between Art and Technology
Postgraduate research presentations from The University of Tokyo & Interface Cultures, University of Art and Industrial Design Linz & Zurich University of the Arts.


Interaction, Interactivity, Interactive Art - a buzzword of new media under scrutiny »

04.09. | 10:00-19:30


'Interactivity' has become virtually a magic word for the promotion of new media and the media arts alike. The term refers not only to a certain technology, it also stands for social concepts and visions ranging from grassroots democracy all the way to consumer freedom. This imbues the term with its broad-ranging impact, but also contributes to its dilution.


LEF@ARS: At the crossroads of media Arts&Science and Technology Education in the 21st Century - what is to be done? »

07.09. | 13:00-15:00

Ars Electronica Center - Museum der Zukunft

Update on the Leonardo Education Forum's mission and activities.


MISSION FUTURE @ Ars Electronica »

08.09. | 10:00-18:00

Kunstuniversität Linz / K2

The second FutureTour alias MISSION FUTURE @ Ars Electronica will be scrutinizing private-sector early adopters who are already successfully implementing the vision of a sharing economy.


Pixelspaces 2008: "Pixel-Spaces" »

07.09. | 13:00-18:00


“Pixel-Spaces,” the latest installment in the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s annual conference series, presents selected international R&D facilities and labs that are teaching and/or working at the interface of artistic-creative media production and technological research.


Radio FRO Mediadays 2008 »

06.09. - 07.09. | 10:00-20:00

Kunstuniversität Linz / K2

Radio FRO Mediadays: “Open networks shaping society? Future in progress!” is the title of the 2008 Radio FRO media conference being staged in conjunction with the Ars Electronica Festival on September 6-7 at two locations. The focus will be on open and free, technical and social networks.