What unites us? Topics such as Creative Commons, open source technologies, open access to knowledge, ethics in technology - and their influence on artistic-technical processes and net-based and digital art.
The Ars Electronica Festival has accompanied the ongoing digitalization of our lives since 1979. It poses questions about the political, social, ecological, and economic consequences, and speculates on the future forms that technological progress will take. Embedded in a worldwide network of artists, scientists, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and activists, Ars Electronica constantly advances this research – both within and together with the widest possible public.
Whether with exhibitions, conferences, concerts, performances, or interventions – the goal has always been to push forward a discourse and promote inclusive and sustainable visions of the future.
COSY, the Cooperative Systems Research Group at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of Vienna, is headed by Peter Reichl, a computer scientist and trained opera singer. The group members bring together research interests in technological fields (computer networks, Internet of Things), socio-political and philosophical topics (Mastodon and power dynamics of digital infrastructure), and performing arts - the latter inspiring a novel teaching approach that challenges computer science students to build digital musical instruments and perform with them as an ensemble, live on stage.
Dschungel Wien is a theatre for children, adolescents and young adults in the heart of Vienna. A theatre dealing with the people and the issues of our city, our times and current social developments.
It is meant to be a place where young people are stimulated to reflect on the society they live in, to express their desires, fears and visions, but also to provoke and to create their own utopias.
Since its foundation in 1989, FLUSS has been presenting, researching and questioning the manifold meanings and relationships of the artistic medium of photography - since the turn of the millennium also increasingly including the new media. Another focus is on process-oriented interdisciplinary projects that understand their mediation as an integrative part of themselves.
With exhibitions, lectures, workshops, the "Weinviertel Photo Weeks" held every summer at Schloss Wolkersdorf in the Weinviertel, presentations at international festivals, and numerous cooperation projects with European partner organizations, FLUSS has made a name for itself that reaches far beyond the borders of the country.
St. Poelten, Austria
Our perception of the world takes place to a great extent via the media, media which unmistakably contribute to the transformation of our civilization. Media archeology addresses the medium with questions, conducts artistic basic research and artistically activates the medium in the here and now. The IMA Institute of Media Archeology works at the boundary between the analog and the digital and the interface between research and communication, above all in connection with acoustics, sound machines, and digital music.
- The mur.at association operates a server farm and is connected to the global network via the Austrian National Research and Education Network ACOnet.
- The mur.at network is a virtual, growing platform of art and culture professionals from different fields for the development and promotion of net culture.
- The mur.at initiative is committed to the development of technology using free software (open source).
- The mur.at team is organized as a self-administered, non-commercial operation. It forms the infrastructural basis for the work of the mur.at community at a high technical level.
The repository PHAIDRA is an open source software developed by the University of Vienna. The software makes it possible to publish research and e-learning data in a freely accessible manner. The aim is to improve the open discussion about scientific results in order to generate better research. With the help of Creative Commons licences, it is easy for the creators of the data to release it for reuse. The repository is the platform where this data can be found, shared and reused. Several institutions in five countries (especially art universities and institutions with digital heritage) use the PHAIDRA project to make digital culture available.
Schubert Theater is a place of fantasy and magic. The team has dedicated itself entirely to puppet theater for adults and realizes new and old material, from classics such as "Faust" and "Jedermann" to biographies such as "F. Zawrel" or "Die Gesichter der Hedy Lamarr" to world premieres such as "Circus der Traeume".
Since 2019, the team has also been exploring the fields of digitality and new technologies in, at and for theater, opening the Virtual Puppet Museum at their own Future Lab in 2021. Now, the Aaron puppet is part of the magic ensemble.