Ars Electronica Center

Opening hours during the festival:

2.9. – 6.9. 10:00 – 19:00
7.9. – 8.9. 9:00 – 17:00
9.9. 9:00 – 21:00
10.9. 9:00 – 17:00
11.9. 10:00 – 18:00

Encounter scientific innovation, creativity and current issues at the nexus of art, technology and society in this state-of-the-art facility featuring 3,000 m² of exhibition space. Spectacular architecture and a jumbo LED media façade make the Ars Electronica Center an amazing sight to behold from the outside too!

The “New Views of Humankind” exhibition arrayed in open labs offers visitors an enthralling excursion through the ideas and images of the leading-edge Life Sciences. To witness the future of design today, head for FabLab. RoboLab showcases human-machine link-ups.

The focus in GeoCity is on the physical setting of everyday life. It’s a massive compilation of data about our world that makes global processes easier to comprehend and offers insightful new ways of looking at the local facts & circumstances prevailing here in Linz. “Artists, Creators, Engineers” is a venue for temporary exhibits, the perfect place to experience the fascinating diversity of contemporary media art. Deep Space invites you to embark on expeditions in 3D and 2D worlds—journeys through the far reaches of the universe, back to the distant past, into realms of the imagination. 16×9-meter ultra-high-definition projection screens on the walls and floor provide an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience.
In all exhibition areas, the accent is on discovery, experimentation and hands-on encounter. Whether you join a guided tour or explore the museum on your own, Infotrainers are stationed throughout the facility to provide authoritative, user-friendly answers to your questions.

The world in 100 years

15.06. – 19.09

Ars Electronica Center Linz, Level +1

The new exhibition in the Ars Electronica Center Linz pays tribute to the creativity, courage and inventiveness of those men and women who have totally committed their energies, abilities and knowledge to a vision of the future. This exhibition surveys a 200-year time span: looking back at what people about a century ago anticipated for this day and age, and showcasing what contemporary thinkers foresee 100 years from now.

As proxies standing for all the visionaries and trailblazers who have worked on their respective „futures“ over the course of humankind‘s history, French writer, illustrator and caricaturist Albert Robida (1848–1926) and Belgian visionary Paul Otlet (1868–1944) occupy this exhibition‘s spotlight.

Works in the exhibition:

  • Bruce Herr, Katy Borner (US), Wikipedia Visualization
  • Marjolin Dijkman (BE, NL), *Wandering through the Future*

The third part of the exhibition features the Prix Ars Electronica’s prizewinning Next Ideas. For several years now, Ars Electronica and voestalpine have awarded [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant as a means of actively nurturing innovative developments and enabling very creative people to implement their visionary concepts.Regardless of whether these innovations are of an artistic, social, technological or scientific nature, all of the projects that make up this exhibition fascinate us with their extraordinary, original ideas for our future.

[the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant:

  • Frederik De Wilde (BE), *Hostage*
  • Bruce Baikie (USA), *Intelligent Solar Powered 3G-WiFi Broadband Access*
  • Hans Frei (CH), Marc Böhlen (USA), *Micro Public Places*
  • Teresa Maria Buscemi (US), *electroStatic Architecture*
  • Catherine Kramer (UK), *Community Meat Lab*
  • Ken Banks (UK), *Frontline SMS*
  • Open Sailing Crew with Cesar Harada (UK), *Open Sailing*
  • Tatsuya Narita (JP), *Toaster to understand today’s weather*
  • Doug Fritz (US), Sajid Sadi (USA), *Engaze*
  • Brigitte Hadlich (DE), *c.50p – 50. Breitengrad*
  • Jonas Burki (CH), *Sun_D*
  • Takayuki Nakamura (JP), *Wonderful World*
  • Josh Schiller, James Tunick, Carrie Elston (US), *City of the Future*
  • Martin John Callanan (UK), *Location of I*
  • Himanshu Khatri (IN), *Aquaplay*
  • (USA), *ShiftSpace*
  • Martin Mairinger (AT), *USED Clothing*
  • Akio Kamisato, Satoshi Shibata, Takehisa Mashimo (JP), *Moony*

Cooperation partner: voestalpine

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Sense the invisible

h.o Solo Exhibition 2010

29.07. – 12.09. at the Ars Electronica Center

The “Sense the Invisible” exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center features interactive works by h.o, a 15-person artists’ collective whose leading light is Hideaki Ogawa (JP). Since 1999, this crew— with a constantly evolving lineup of personnel—has been staging encounters with various phenomena manifested by our modern Information Society. Read the rest of this entry »

Raise your voice

Ars Electronica Center, Level +2
30.7. – 26.9.

“Raise Your Voice” is an often-exclaimed call to speak out loud and clear and to take action against global inequities and social evils. You’ll be getting an earful from artists whose works endeavor to build bridges between abstract facts & figures and the actual facts & circumstances of everyday life. Efforts that take the form of critical documentation, creative use of previously resources, or exhortations to get actively involved – to speak out in no uncertain terms and make your protest resound for all to hear. This won’t be a swan song dedicated to the good old days; the name of this tune is “You Better Move On”!

You can get further information at the Ars Electronica Center webpage.


  • Complaints Choir (2005-2010)
    Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen
  • Plastic Planet (2009)
    Werner Boote
  • Plastic Bag (2009)
    Ramin Bahrani
  • Midway – Message From The Gyre (2009)
    Chris Jordan
  • Plastiki (Seit/Since 2006)
    David de Rothshild
  • Sam10 (2009)
    Sam Todo
  • The Urban Prospector (2009)
    Jon Cohrs, Matt Ortega, Dan Winikur
  • Urgent Evoke (2010)
    Jane Mcgonigal a.o.
  • Trash Track(2009)
    Senseable City Lab
  • Erlebbarmachen Abstrakter Informationen (2010)
    Stefan Kuzaj, Jochen Winker

Gudrun Kemsa – Urban Stage

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Sounds like Universe

Konzert der Musikschule Linz im Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space

6.9., 19:00

Linz Music School and the Ars Electronica Center cordially invite you to attend a very special concert. Students and instructors participating in the school’s Sound Workshop will perform compositions by Arvo Pärt, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, Marin Marais et al. while stardust and satellites, moons, planets, suns and galaxies whirl about concertgoers in Deep Space. Admission is free. Reserved seat tickets will be available at the Ars Electronica Center’s Infodesk beginning September 2, 2010.

Students: Maximilian Walch, Josef Haider (Elektronik), Katharina Dürrschmid (Hackbrett, Blockflöte), Katrin Angerbauer (Klaver, Blockflöte), Sabrina Bayer (Blockflöte und Elektronik), Raffaela Niederleitner (Blockflöte), Christa Mayerhofer (Violine)
Teachers: Petra Wurz, Marco Palewicz (Elektronik), Franziska Fleischanderl (Hackbrett)

Tatsuya Saito – Flesh for Fantasy

Stand before the screen and flap your arms like a bird, and the silhouette projected on the screen flies up into the air. In this installation, what the participant feels is transferred to the small silhouette on the screen, resulting in a strange feeling of floating.

To fly on our own has been an eternal dream for humans. An action impossible in reality becomes a possibility within this limited space delineated by the tall and narrow screen in the installation. This work is sustained by self-awareness, that fundamental consciousness possessed by humans. The piece works based on the sensation that the small you in the image has turned into you. It is almost as though you have become the silhouette on the screen. In fact, we experience this kind of sensation of shamanistic possession in everyday life – for example, when you control a character in a computer game and feel like you have turned into that character, or when you feel like the curser on the screen has turned into our your fingertip.

Contemporary art has long become a world of hollow concepts and symbols that is separated from expression of consciousness itself. This work brings fundamental questions into relief, like what it means to be you, what can become yourself, and what new self human beings will obtain in the future. The artists want to return to the physical sensations of our own bodies, and from there embark on a thrilling challenge to find a new way of being for ourselves.

Tatsuya Saito, Tokyo University of the Arts

Meet ASIMO in Deep Space

2. 9. – 8. 9. Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space
2. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00
3. 9. 10:00, 10:40
4. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00
5. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00
6. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 13:00, 13:40, 14:20
7. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00
8. 9. 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00

He’s 130 centimeters tall and weighs 54 kilos. He responds to his name, can greet you with a handshake, walk up and down a flight of stairs, and jog at a speed of 6 kilometers/hour. So what’s so special about that, you ask? Not much if this were a little kid. But we’re talking about ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot. From September 2nd to 8th, he’ll be the featured guest at the Ars Electronica Center. And you can meet him in person. Face to face. Honda’s state-of-the-art humanoid robot ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) is making his Austrian debut at this year‘s Ars Electronica Festival.

For holders of a valid ticket to the Museum or the Festival, admission is free of charge.

PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited. Reserved seat tickets will be available beginning September 2nd at the Ars Electronica Center (Infodesk, Box Office). Dates & times, seating capacity and reservations from August 19th: or via e-mail to

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