Ars Electronica Festival | Linz, September 3-7, 2015

annamaria monteverdi/ agosto 30, 2015/ Festival, FOCUS

The Ars Electronica Festival that takes place from September 3 to 7, 2015, in Linz is an inquiry into how cities of the future will have to be configured when there are more robots than people working in factories, everything is intelligently interlinked, autos drive autonomously and drones deliver the mail. And what does it mean for future megacities—above all, those on seacoasts—when climate change really does shift into high gear?

The rethinking of urban living spaces has already begun—all over the world, people are coming up with exciting ideas for new architectures and forms of social organization that are able to keep up with the changes the next few decades will bring. 2,889 entries from 75 countries were submitted for prize consideration to the 2015 Prix Ars Electronica. This year’s grand prizewinners are from Japan (Nelo Akamatsu), Mexico (Gilberto Esparza), Indonesia (XXLab), Belgium (Alex Verhaest), Australia (Jeffrey Shaw) and Austria (Gabriel Radwan). The recipients of the Golden Nicas and [the next idea] voestalpine Art & Technology Grant will be honored at the Prix Ars Electronica Gala on September 4, 2015 at the Brucknerhaus in Linz.