Ars Electronica Futurelab @ Festival Ars Electronica

Here’s a brief overview of where and how the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s latest accomplishments are being showcased at this year’s Festival. Progress reports on the Lab’s projects, presentation of R&D joint ventures with clients in the private and public sectors, leading-edge developments such as DeepSpace 8K, Spaxels demonstration in association with Future Mobility, concepts for and contributions to conferences … are some of the highlights on the Lab’s Festival lineup.

Future Mobility

How we’ll be getting from Point A to Point B in the future are matters with a high degree of potential to change our culture. Discussions of this and related issues, artistic collaborations as well as the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s R&D joint venture with Mercedes-Benz provide an excellent occasion to devote a whole sector of the POST CITY exhibition to the prospects for Future Mobility. More…

Connecting Cities

The Ars Electronica Futurelab has been working since 2012 in the Connecting Cities Network, a global alliance of cities and media art organizations. In conjunction with a four-year artistic research program, the associates are convening to share interim results and to consider diverse artistic activities that have the right stuff to take advantage of the creative potential of media façades. More…

Future Catalyst Program – Ars Electronica 2015 for the Development of the Post City Kit

Following up on the successful launch at Ars Electronica 2014, the Future Catalysts Program this year will again be creating new modes of collective brainstorming and creative prototyping. The Future Innovators Summit was developed by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Hakuhodo to bring together artists, researchers, activists and entrepreneurs from all over the world. More…

Deep Space 8K

In the wake of a complete technical makeover by Ars Electronica Futurelab engineers, the screening venue now known as Deep Space 8K has redefined state-of-the-art viewing. This unprecedented next level features 8K resolution! Full HD and 4K are yesterday’s news; 8K is the new standard. Visit the updated Deep Space in the Ars Electronica Center and see what breathtaking means now. More…

Ars Electronica Residency Network

The Ars Electronica Residency Network and its constituent programs target a broad spectrum of artists and scientists. Some of the residencies the network offers provide substantive focal points and working situations custom-tailored to artists who have already achieved a high level of mastery and renown; other residencies are especially designed to nurture the prodigious potential of up-and-coming young talents. More…

Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy

We are delighted to announce the beginning of intensive collaboration between the Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy and one of Japan’s finest institutions of higher learning, University of Tsukuba, a leading research facility with a visionary program focusing on cybernetics and human-machine interaction. The school has established a new Ph.D. program in Empowerment Informatics (EMP) that is being headed by none other than Device Art pioneer Hiroo Iwata. Here, the first results of this year’s Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy entitled LAB-X will make their public debut. More…

All at a glance

Future Catalyst Program for the Development of the POST CITY Kit

Two programs will occupy the focal point of the Post City Kit activities in the context of the Future Catalyst Program – a toolkit of ideas, strategies, devices and prototypes for the city of the future: The Future Innovators Summit and the Connected Intelligence Atelier.

F 015 Luxury in Motion

The F 015 not only represents the technical realization of autonomous driving. It also shows how self-driving cars are going to change our society as the automobile moves beyond its role as a means of transportation to become a mobile living space.

Rethinking the Shared Space

Alexander Mankowsky and Christopher Lindinger provide insight into the ongoing research partnership between Ars Electronica Futurelab and Mercedes-Benz.

Shared Space Spaxels

Shared Space Spaxels lets people experience robotic mobility with the help of three quadcopters.

Shared Space Bots

In Shared Space Bots, specially developed robots are the protagonists of experiments in human-automobile interaction.

Soya C(o)u(l)ture-Workshops

(Deutsch) Bei drei Workshops in der Soya C(o)u(l)ture-Schauküche haben die FestivalbesucherInnen selbst Gelegenheit, sich im Upcycling der Abwässer aus der Sojaherstellung zu versuchen.

Connecting Cities Conference

European urban identities, social changes and citizen participation occupy the focal point of the first symposium at the 2015 Festival.

Soya C(o)u(l)ture

(Deutsch) Mit dem künstlerischen Forschungsprojekt Soya C(o)u(l)ture hat XXlab (ID) ein Verfahren entwickelt, Nützliches aus dem bei der Sojaherstellung anfallenden Flüssigabfall zu gewinnen.

Connecting Cities: False Positive

False Positive deploys text messaging, stealth infrastructure, street intervention, and data visualization to enact a surveillance conspiracy engaging the public in an intimate, techno-political conversation with the mobile technologies on which they depend


The FOCUS application for mobile devices is a camera function with a fun new wrinkle.


The Kuruma-Iku Lab is a research and development initiative that focuses on the relationships between people and cars and invites children and creators to join the investigation into sustainable roles for cars in our future society.

Connecting Cities: Deep City

Deep City is a data visualization experiment investigating the collective information that defines a city’s present and future.

Post-City Kits from the University of Tsukuba (JP)

During the 2015 Futurelab Academy programme with the Empowerment Informatics PhD programme at Japan’s University of Tsukuba, a leading research university with a visionary focus in human-centred cybernetics, two student teams have produced experimental projects

Connecting Cities: blindage.

blindage. is the french word for a wall, a shield or an envelope, which protects what’s inside. The project focuses on the use of digital masks by contemporary human beings.

Connecting Cities: Flame

Flame wants to give the fire back to the people, to help them forge the tools of the new century, and to burn to the ground the institutions that restrain them, if necessary.


The Indonesian female art collective XXLab works on a program to create fashion while dealing with environmental problems.

Connecting Cities

The projects by Connecting Cities Network aim to establish urban media façades as open platforms for citizens to engage in participatory city-making processes.

Deep Space 8K: The Soul of the Cube

The Soul of the Cube (SOTC) is a virtual being, an abstract creature that is visible in between applications, it is both a “host” and the inner self of its complex infrastructure.

Deep Space 8K: GameSpace

GameSpace turns the Ars Electronica Center’s Deep Space 8K into an interactive multiplayer gaming arena.

Deep Space 8K: Timelapse

Combining highly detailed, fast-forward motion pictures with the extraordinarily high degree of resolution in Deep Space 8K opens our eyes to everyday events that we’ve never seen in this form before.


Hyungjoong Kim created Jangdna (Korean: rhythm), an interface that not only analyses and visualizes an audible piece of music, but also makes it modifiable in a very simple way.

the sixth wave of mass extinction

the sixth wave of mass extinction aims at the amygdala of our post-modern societies both sonically and visually to unearth the potentially hidden unease, we all might harbor faced by the sixth wave of mass extinction.


You won’t find popcorn or a big silver screen in POST CITY Kino. What it does have is high-tech. The Zeiss VR One is the first and, at present, only virtual reality headset to combine a stylish contemporary design with world-class precision optics by Zeiss (DE).


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.