Exterior light and glass façade of Ars Electronica Center, Linz. Photo: Nicolas Ferrando, Lois Lammerhuber
The Ars Electronica Center has been setting the standard ever since the original facility opened in 1996. Its prototype of a “Museum of the Future” has utilized new media in unprecedented ways and, with its superb exhibitions and groundbreaking methods of presenting and imparting content, has made a name for itself worldwide. Since January 2, 2009, the new Ars Electronica Center has continued to blaze innovative trails into the future.
Since reopening in a new configuration in January 2009, the Ars Electronica Center (AEC) has shifted new themes into the spotlight. Such examples include fields in which the most massive and controversial innovative thrust is in the process of emerging: the so-called life sciences and imaging procedures that enable us to peer into domains far beyond what we’re able to see with our own eyes. In other words, this has to do with new views of humankind—images that get under your skin because they reveal what used to be hidden deep inside us, and bring to light insights that are permanently changing our worldview and our idea of the human being. Essential elements of the center’s approach are Research and Development joint ventures and labs set up right in the AEC as an integral part of its mission to impart knowledge and skills.