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Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy @ QUT 2017

THU Sept. 7-SUN Sept. 10, 2017, 10:00 AM-7:30 PM
MON Sept. 11, 2017, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Credit: Greg Jenkins

Since 2012 the Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy has been supporting students and educators from international partner universities to engage in transdisciplinary practice. Collaborations with renowned universities in China, Japan and Australia have resulted in a range of exhibits and performances being presented at the Ars Electronica Festival.

This year the Futurelab partnered with Brisbane’s Queensland University of Technology for a fourth Academy. Drawing on the success of the previous years’ the 2017 QUT format took an adventurous leap into uncharted curricular territory and brought together leading QUT educators and researchers, an independent international curator and a host of Ars Electronica Futurelab members to create a first-of-a-kind education experience.

Eremocene (Age of Loneliness)

A mysterious, internally glowing creature, witnessed from several vantage points moves uncannily in a fluid motion within dense blackness. In a life-like, bio-morphic form, continually fading in and out of perception, enveloping sound, vision and movement are as one.

Teaching City

Teaching City is an experiential learning framework highlighting urban issues through playful interactions. It offers an antidote to the industrial-age pedagogy of the classroom, subverting the preconceptions of citizens through “knowledge interventions” embedded in urban spaces—the city is the teacher.


SynapSense is a performative installation heightening our bodily awareness. Sensorial understanding through enactment is revealed via three modes: explore, calibrate and create.


The 1:1 project is about the relationship between a human and a robot camera—how they grow to be able to imagine each other in complex ways, seeing each other on a 1:1 scale.

Future Models for Transdisciplinary Education

QUT Vice Chancellor and honorary guest, Professor Peter Coaldrake, presents his view about the current state and future of tertiary education in Australia and also in reference to QUT’s established partnership with Ars Electronica since 2013.