Hardly any other phrase has been used so often in recent months as that the world will be a different place after this crisis – prophetically, often as a glimmer of hope, more often as a threat. Is this true, and if so, what will be the changes? This question is the focus of this year’s Ars Electronica.
As is the case for many cultural organisations, Ars Electronica had to rethink its festival and adapt to the challenges we have all been facing this year. One of our main aims is to ensure that the festival still functions as a platform for our community, and so we’ve teamed up with a large number of partner institutions in Europe and across the globe to host a decentralised festival across many locations, and bringing all those programmes together through a shared online platform.
Fitting in with this concept, we are also introducing a new, artist-led guided tour format. Because we could not invite the community to Linz this year, we instead invited artists, researchers and creative producers to introduce us to their practice of art thinking through taking us on a video journey.
The following artists are part of our EMAP Residency Journeys, the name of the online EMAP Group Show this year:
Kasia Molga (UK/PL) - How to make an Ocean?
Stefan Laxness (UK) - Learning from The Commons: a keystone towards a rewildered Future (co-produced by LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial)
Daniel Hengst (DE) - skip-the-line entrance. a collaborative guide to a speculative berlin.
María Castellanos & Alberto Valverde (ES) - Beyond Human Perception (co-produced by KONTEJNER)
Forms of Ownership (INT) - Viral Fiction
Besides the EMAP Group Show, several EMAP Partners are part of the Ars Electronica Festival this year with their own programme:
Antre-Peaux in Bourges https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/drums-radio/
FACT in Liverpool https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/living-planet/
IMPAKT in Utrecht https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/darkness-light/
KONTEJNER in Dubrovnik/Zagreb https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/quarantine/
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/future-life/
Onassis Stegi in Athens https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/stories-of-athens/
RIXC in Riga https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/plantform/
WRO Center in Wroclaw https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/point-nemo/
The Festival is online from 09-13.September 2020.