On our Ars Electronica Blog we supply you with background information about the Festival Ars Electronica. We will give you a taste of what you will expect in Linz from September 4 to 8, 2014. Read interviews with artists, curators, scientists, and get some inspiration around the theme that moves us this year: “C … what it takes to change”.

CONSPECTUS / November 28

The 2014 Ars Electronica Festival

What do we need to enable social innovation and renewal to unfold? A recap of the high points of the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival.


Narratives for Change

Derrick de Kerckhove spoke at the Festival Ars Electronica 2014 about change begins in people’s heads.

CONTINUE / September 15

Innovation never stops

'Innovation continuous to evolve and all new innovations automatically build on that what was before and so it is constantly growing and changing', says K. Bradley Paxton

CLOSE / September 9

Day 5: A Festival Takes Its Leave

On Music Monday, the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival ended on a pleasant note. The five-day total for all events was about 85,000 visits. Here’s a look back at one final, glorious day!


Day 4: The Festival Heads into the Home Stretch

The highlight of Day 4 at the Ars Electronica Festival was the traditional Big Concert Night, this year entitled In a Perpetual State of Flux.


Day 3: Full Power ahead

With a comprehensive program, the 2014 Festival Ars Electronica Festival launched its third day. Discussions, lectures, shows, exhibitions, tours, workshops, parties - is there still anything missing?


Day 2: A Festival to See, Hear and Marvel

There were lots of amazing things to see and hear on the second day of the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival.

C YOU / September 5

Day 1: A festival moves through the city

Visualizations, opening tours, exhibitions, breakfast conversations, experiments, visual and audio experiences. The first day of the festival in 2014 in fast forward.

CONCEPT / September 3

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Spaxels

At the Spaxels Concept Demo members of the spaxels crew will go into detail about what makes the Spaxel-swarm work and illustrate what they’ve achieved to date.

CENTER / September 3

Device Art: More than just gadgets

With its playful exhibits the new exhibition Device Art at the Ars Electronica Center approaches a new art form that has emerged in our digital age.


Putting the Festival Theme into Practice

This year, Ars Electronica wants to make a loud and clear statement in favor of integrating people with handicaps into “normal” working life. So, a decision was made in cooperation with FAB to take on two interns in the festival production crew.

CREATIVE / September 3

Animation Festival 2014

The Ars Electronica Animation Festival showcases the outstanding creative work filmmakers are currently doing in very diverse areas in the animation field - applications in art, science, R&D and industry.

CATHEDRAL / September 3.

When the Cathedral Is Ablaze with Light

Not only is Linz’s Mariendom being transformed into an atmospherically stunning exhibition space during the festival.


Umbrella Radio

At the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival, Ö1will be broadcasting Umbrella Radio. At preset times, the Ö1 crew will ring the chimes of change and request favorably disposed festivalgoers to take part in a Change Radio ritual.

CLUB / September 1

Take a Number, Leave Your Head

An interactive club will be opened offering drinks and dada that totally eliminates the boundaries between a sphere for actors and a separate one for the audience.


Ars Electronica Solutions at the Future Playground

Future Playground is a showcase of notable new developments by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ars Electronica Solutions. Michael Badics explains which interactive products and services Ars Electronica Solutions be showcasing there.

COLOUR / August 28

Water Light Graffiti

A sponge, brush or water pistol and some water - that’s all it takes to conjure up Water Light Graffiti on a wall studded with thousands of water-sensitive LEDs.

CITIZEN / August 27

Smart Citizen Sentiment Dashboard

You can get an impression of the feelings and attitudes of people in Linz towards the environment, mobility, security, the housing situation and the public sphere from the Smart Citizen Sentiment Dashboard (SCSD) on the Ars Electronica Center.

CREATE / August 26


Film is the focal-point theme of this year’s u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD, so one of the featured offerings will be an extensive film workshop staged right in downtown Linz.

CHANCE / September 25

LipDub - take a chance … take a change!

People of different origins, with varied interests, from diverse social strata dovetail into a current and flow through town. The emotional highpoint of the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival is a major CHANGE-based production!

CAMPUS / August 25

Interface Cultures - The 10th anniversary

To mark the 10th anniversary of Interface Cultures the annual Interface Cultures-Campus Exhibition is being expanded to include a program including network talks, an alumni meeting and a Bring Your Own Art event

COMMENTS / August 21

CyberArts 2014 – Jurystatements

In short statements jury members are talking about projects of Prix Ars Electronica 2014. A lot of these works are presented at Ars Electronica Festival at CyberArts 2014

CLOUD / August 18

Featured Artists Ars Electronic 2014

The Featured Artists Shinseungback Kimyonghun try to understand the digital life and the essence of computers

COMMUNITY / August 16

Project Fumbaro Eastern Japan - Getting Aid to Those Who Need It

Takeo Saijo succeeded in setting up that mobilized thousands of volunteers to help those whose lives were devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

CATHEDRAL / August 15

Linz’s Cathedral as a Musical Instrument

Projection mapping is being raised to the next level of artistic development in “Archifon III”, an interactive installation that is staging at the grand opening of Ars Electronica Festival 2014


Loophole for All

Everyone should have the possibility of exploiting the same tax benefits that major corporations are constantly taking advantage of ,Paolo Cirio stated

CODE / August 14

ARTS2: The Art of Programming

The featured guest institution at this year’s Campus exhibition is the ARTS2 art academy in Mons, Belgium


Device Art

Cool Tools: Hiroo Iwata has been a trendsetter in Device Art since its inception in 2004

CHAOS / August 11

Buddha on the Beach

Contemporary life is full of rapid changes, the virtual collides with reality, chaos is the ultimate master. This exhibition presents Taiwanese works that take up this topic

CLOSE-UP / August 8

First Look at the Festival Program 2014

The 2014 Ars Electronica Festival is quickly approaching and the lineup of events is shaping up nicely

CYBERARTS / August 4

2014 CyberArts Exhibition

Genoveva Rückert gets exclusively a foretaste of the 2014 CyberArts Exhibition


Detecting the Feelings of Plants

Young Sun Kim presents sounds from the perspective of little flowers


File-sharing with Disarming Corruptor

With a critical project Matthew Plummer-Fernandez won an Award of Distinction at the Prix Ars Electronica 2014

CADET / July 15

Linz Dances with MovesReloaded and OscFluctuation

Two interactive dance installations at Ars Electronica Festival 2014


Open Call to Future Innovators Summit

The summit is aimed at experienced professionals and young entrepreneurs, to artists and scientists

CITY / July 11

Get-Acquainted Stroll around Festival City

The Linz locations at which this years Festival will be staged

CLOCK / July 10

Time of Day and Appointments at a Glance

A clock that let you not only see the current time but also upcoming appointments


On Search for Balance

Jacob Tonski lets a sofa dance on one leg

CINEMA / June 26

Femme Chanel – Emma Fenchel

The found footage of Sarah Oos: A new movie every time


(e)motion-mirror: Reflected Feelings

Expressive faces get audible

CREATION / June 17

Real Imaginary Objects to Touch

Media artist Daniel Crooks generates three-dimensional sculptures


City Navigation for visually impaired People

Prix winner Markus Schmeiduch introduces the project Blindmaps


Entangled Sparks

Connecting Cities connects the fassades in numerous towns

CONCEPT / April 17

This Inspires Us 2014…

Project Daniel und the Solar Mamas, sources of inspiration for this year’s festival theme

CHANGE / April 3

C… What it takes to change

Gerfried Stocker, the artistic director of Ars Electronica, gives us his take on what it takes to change