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 3 to 7, 2015. Read interviews with artists, curators, scientists, and get some inspiration around the theme that moves us this year: “POST CITY – Habitats of the 21st Century”.

Best of 2015 Ars Electronica Festival in Pictures

A look back at one of the best-attended festivals that we are proud of. We have put together the best impressions from the festival venues, most notably from the PostCity at the Linz main trainstation.

Day 5: Last Day at the PostCity

Day 5 and thus the final day of the 2015 Ars Electronica Festival is over! We thank all who have made this festival so memorable: all artists, scientists, activists and contributors! Here is a look back at the last day.

Day 4: Citizen Day at the Ars Electronica Festival

Sunday was Citizen Day in the PostCity! In the evening many artists and symposia speakers already had to leave and we realized another Ars Electronica Festival is slowly coming to an end. Before that we take a look back on an eventful festival Sunday.

Day 3: About Markets and Prix winners

Informative, entertaining, spectacular. The third day of the 2015 Ars Electronica Festival is already over. We have recorded a few moments of this day.

Day 2: Hustle and Bustle in the PostCity

Day 2 of the 2015 Ars Electronica Festival is over and it was symposia day! But also in u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD and the theme exhibition was a hustle and bustle.

Day 1: The PostCity flourishs

The first day of the 2015 Ars Electronica Festival already marks the wide range of exhibitions and events – and gives a foretaste of the following four festival days in Linz.

Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion in Linz

Two days before the start of the Ars Electronica Festival, the research vehicle Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion made a stop on the main square of Linz for an European premiere.

Spaceship Earth

We are all astronauts. The new exhibition “Spaceship Earth” at the Ars Electronica Center in collaboration with the ESA is dedicated to the fascinating and revealing satellite images of our planet.

PostCity – 72 hours before the start

In less than 72 hours we go, the Ars Electronica Festival 2015. We have been looking at the PostCity, the central location this year.

Myriads: Transgression in the Post City

Through Myriads Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico want to establish a peer-to-peer ethnography of a city: a diffused participatory observation in which the myriads of public micro-histories become a commons and are performed through art, education, citizen engagement, tactical usage, starting from margins.

Gerfried Stocker Leads the Openings & Introductory Parcours

The 2015 Ars Electronica Festival kicks off on September 3, 2015. Whoever wants to take it all in and benefit from expert commentary along the way should definitely join the Openings & Introductory Parcours led by Ars Electronica Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker.

The Urban Design Lab at 2015 Ars Electronica Festival

The Habitat 21 exhibition at the Ars Electronica Festival 2015 considers the process of urbanization going on worldwide. One part of this exhibition is the Urban Design Laboratory – an experimental design methodology combining people-centered planning, participatory planning tools, urban strategies and urban design.

Citythinking as Key to Unknown Potentials

[tp3] architects and Eddea Arquitectura y Urbanismo deal with strategic development processes of cities. Together they have attuned the creative method of Citythinking to the theme of this year's Ars Electronica Festival and also further developed it.

University 8.0: the digital challenge!

It’s become something of a Linz Art University tradition to invite a partner institution from outside Austria to make a guest appearance at the Campus Exhibition. At the Ars Electronica Festival 2015, Paris 8 University presents thirty years of digital research and creative work.

CyberArts 2015: State of the Electronic Arts

The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for creativity and pioneering spirit in the use of digital media. Each year, the prizewinning works are showcased at one of the highlights of the Ars Electronica Festival: the CyberArts exhibition.

Semiconductor wins Collide@CERN Ars Electronica Award

The English artist duo, Semiconductor, will begin a two-month residency at CERN. Then their next stop is Linz, where they will spend a month at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

Deep Space 8K – The Next Generation

Sharper pictures, brighter colors and starker contrast are in store for visitors to Deep Space 8K. On August 7th Deep Space 8K premiered and guests immerse themselves in these extraordinary realms of imagery for the first time.

The Naked Truth of The Naked Veriti Project

The Naked Verity project, realized by Spanish artists for the Ars Electronica Festival 2015, uses memory, interaction and light, and composite and manufactured parts to express feelings and thoughts about technological art at the festival.

eMotionSpheres: Collision-free Motion

How will the city of tomorrow look like? Which role will guidance and monitoring systems play? Experience the eMotionSpheres at the Ars Electronica Festival 2015 in the vast halls of the former postal service’s letter and parcel distribution center – this year’s festival location.

Deep Space 8K Shines in a New Light

Sharper pictures, brighter colors, starker contrast—with 8 brand-new high-performance projectors beaming images onto the wall and floor, Deep Space 8K in the Ars Electronica Center sets a new standard for high-definition visuals. Ton+Bild installed the projectors that makes it happen. This interview goes into the technical details.

Why is More – a working process and a recognition of rules

The Linz based architect team [tp3] architects and Eddea Arquitectura y Urbanismo deal with strategic development processes of cities – an important point in the Ars Electronica Festival 2015. Now the concept for the exhibition display for the festival has been defined.

Are we ready for the post-post-media era?

Media are now available anytime and anyplace; But we are also beginning to realize that all of this is not really necessary. A kind of protest movement is emerging. Are we ready for the post-post-media era? This year’s Interface Cultures student project exhibition constitutes a provocative answer to the new post-media trends.

Rhythm as the DNA of music

During Hyungjoong Kim's residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab he will explore the traditional Korean music and develop an interface to change the rhythm of music. The result will be unveiled at the Ars Electronica Festival 2015.

A flea market with “internet-ish” things in actual space

Internet Yami-Ichi means Black Market in English and it's a one-day flea market which deals "internet-ish" things, face-to-face, in actual space. After bringing the market to Tokyo, Berlin, Brussels and Amsterdam, the Ars Electronica Festival 2015 in Linz will be the next station.

Artistic Ideas for the Ecological Development

For the installation "Plantas Autofotosintéticas" Gilberto Esparza won the Golden Nica in the Hybrid Art category at the Prix Ars Electronica 2015. This is a complex symbiotic system, which reveals ideas for the ecological development.

Inside & Between: Within Different Worlds

Gabriel Radwan is this year’s Golden Nica winner in the Prix Ars Electronica’s u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category. The 19-year-old student’s prizewinning project is a stop-motion film entitled “Inside & Between". The film will also be screened at the 2015 Ars Electronica Festival, September 3-7, in the u19 Exhibit.

A New Mastermind in Deep Space 8K

In Deep Space 8K, visitors can look forward to breathtaking visuals in 8K resolution on 16x9-meter projection surfaces on the wall and the floor. And processing the resulting flow of data — an awesome 23 gigabytes/second in real time — demands a special high-performance processor.

Citythinking – Why is More

For the Ars Electronica Festival 2015, the Linz based architect team [tp3] architects and Eddea Arquitectura y Urbanismo deal with strategic development processes of cities to present a creative approach for the future urban development.

Deep Space 8K: The rebuilding has begun

From August 7, 2015 the images in the Deep Space will be projected in 8K resolution. The renovations to this are in full swing. For visitors attending the Ars Electronica Festival the new Deep Space in the Ars Electronica Center will be one of the prime venues.

The World’s first Art Satellite in Space

ARTSAT1: Invader, the world’s first art satellite, blasted off into outer space on February 28, 2014. The 2015 Prix Ars Electronica jury honored the ARTSAT: Art and Satellite Project with an Award of Distinction in the Hybrid Art category. In September the project will be exhibited at the Ars Electronica Festival 2015 as part of the Cyber Arts Exhibition.

Cooler Visuals, Enhanced Experience: Deep Space 8K

Beginning August 7, 2015 an all-out upgrade of the venue’s technical infrastructure of the Deep Space will enable audiences to enjoy projections at 8K resolution and thus worlds of imagery at a never-before-achieved level of quality!

At CERN Artists need to challenge us with Ideas

Under the aegis of the European Digital Art and Science Network, Ars Electronica and CERN recently announced their latest open call for applications to do an eight-week residency at CERN followed by a stay at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

art & science: Cosmic Inspiration

María Ignacia Edwards is the recipient of an extraordinary opportunity under the aegis of art & science: a residency at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile and at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz. We accompanied her on her pre-visit in Chile.


Ars Electronica has come up with another highlight for young people: the CREATE YOUR WORLD Tour! Selected schools and other institutions will be hosting a lineup of workshops.

Street Names Suited to the 21st Century

We talked to Marcus Neustetter to find out why the naming of streets and squares is significant for the whole identity of a city and how he, a native of Johannesburg, draws parallels between the process of renaming streets in his homeland and what goes on in other cities.

PostCity: An 80,000-m2 Urban Laboratory

The mail doesn’t ride the rails anymore. Take a look at PostCity, the prime location of Ars Electronica 2015 in Linz. By then end of May, it will already be the venue of the Festival’s lineup of preliminary events.

Expanded Animation – Tracking Developments on the Fringe

Media art in moving pictures will be a mainstay of the 2015 Ars Electronica Festival. For the first time, the Symposium “Expanded Animation”, the Prix Forum and the screenings of computer-animated works will be held at a single location.

Cities of the Future

POST CITY. Habitats for the 21st Century is the theme of Ars Electronica 2015. A thinker who has already been focusing intensively on our urban future is Dietmar Offenhuber. We had a chance to chat with him about cities of the future.

First the Question, then the Answer

Kazuhiko Washio, creative director and producer at the Hakuhodo ad agency in Japan and a 2015 Prix Ars Electronica juror, is absolutely certain that before beginning to seek the right answers, we must first pose the right questions.


The recipient of the Residency staged under the auspices of the Art & Science Network has been announced. Maria Ignacia Edwards was selected from among the 140+ applicants from 40 countries who responded to the open call.