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The Ars Electronica Festival explores the realities and visions of artificial intelligence from September 7th to 11th in Linz

Lien-Cheng Wang (TW) - "Reading Plan"

Daito Manabe (JP), Yusuke Tomoto (JP), 2bit (JP) - "Chains"

C.Gourguechon, M.Lanaro, A.Semeraro, I.Vallentin - "Recognition / Fabrica"

From 7 to 11 September, the city of Linz welcomes the new edition of the Ars Electronica Festival. In nearly 12 emblematic places in the city, the festival will explore the reality and current vision of artificial intelligence. The public is invited to immerse themselves in a digital universe at the crossroads of science and the arts.

After its debut in 1979, the Ars Electronica Festival became one of the largest art festivals devoted to new media and the relationship between art and science. For over three decades, this event has provided an annual framework for the arts and sciences. The festival analyses social and cultural phenomenon through the most recent technological changes. Symposium, exhibitions, shows, and interventions carry these surveys beyond more reflections. The festival now extends beyond the public sphere and is part of the artistic and scientific landscape of Linz.

From the perspective of a festival dedicated to art, technology, and society, Ars Electronica is interested in all the visions, expectations, and fears that we associate with the conception of future and artificial intelligence. These artistic-scientific meetings will be held in Linz at POSTCITY, the Ars Electronica Center, the OK Center for Contemporary Art, CENTRAL, Linz Art University, Anton Bruckner Private University and LENTOS art museum. Symposium, exhibitions, shows, workshops and artistic interventions will examine in depth the cultural, psychological, philosophical and spiritual dimensions of artificial intelligence. Artists, scientists, business experts and politicians present this year at the Ars Electronica Festival will try to determine which of our fears are justified and are only manifestations of our ambivalent attitude towards technology.

The “AI-The Other I” symposium on September 8th in POSTCITY will highlight the theoretical implications of the growing integration of neural networks and machine learning in advanced and everyday technologies. Art and science are strongly influenced by the impact of new exploration methods that these new technologies provide.

“POINT-ZERO-Human.0, Machine.0, Data.0” exhibition assembled in the spacious confines of the venue’s lower levels are dedicated to the question of essences—of being human, of the machine, and what it means to be born out of code. Artists So Kanno (JP), Takahiro Yamaguchi (JP) will present “Asemic Languages”, a work combining manuscript declarations of artists or descriptions of works. The lines generated are written as if they mean something important; they also look deceptive. This exhibition will explore artificial intelligence with the artist Theresa Reimann-Dubbers (DE) and her work “A(.I.) Messianic Window”. This project treats with AI’s oversimplification of complex human concepts. Nicolas Kisic Aguirre (PE), Michele Spanghero (IT), ::vtol:: (RU), Kathy Hinde (UK), Solveig Settemsdal (UK/NO) , Eduardo Kac (US) and many other artists will be present.

More information about the festival here
More information about the program here