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Ars Electronica Archive

Ars Electronica holds one of the world’s largest archives of digital media art spanning the last 40 years. It contains documentation of the Ars Electronica Festival since 1979, an archive of Prix Ars Electronica submissions by artists since 1987, as well as documentation of projects by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and of exhibitions in the Ars Electronica Center and worldwide.

More information about the contents and goals of the archive and the current projects and activities

More information about the history of Ars Electronica

Ars Electronica Online Archive

Thanks to the results of our digitising projects we are glad to present you a selection of Ars Electronica history:

The Prix Ars Electronica Showcase is a collection where all the artist submissions for the Prix since 1987 can be searched and viewed. The winning projects are documented with extensive information and audio-visual media, which can be seen and heard. ALL other submissions are displayed with a basic metadata in list form.

The Prix Ars Electronica Showcase was part of the "Digitising Contemporary Art" project (DCA). The DCA project is co-funded by the CIP-ICT Policy Support Programme of the European Union.

The Pic Archive contains an extensive collection of pictures of Festival, Prix, Center, Futurelab and Export. A selected collection can also be found on Flickr (Ars Electronica Stream). Older pictures are from a now obsolete version of a custom-made image filing system that has been migrated to the new structure.

The Print Archive of Ars Electronica covers all publications since 1979 in the fields of Cyber Arts/Prix, Festival and special publications and as well as the audio-visual supplements, museum brochures and updates and special publications. All text and articles are searchable and readable. The festival catalogues are since 2000 in the original layout as PDFs, for the preceding years, only the OCR text information was preserved but they are also readable. CyberArts catalogues are complete PDFs, catalogues before 2005 were physically digitised, as the print data no longer exists.

Talks & Lectures is a remarkable video collection containing lectures and discussions held by artists, researchers and scientists at the Ars Electronica Festival. Beginning in 1979 the records illustrate facets between the priorities of art, technology and society. You can browse through all videos intuitively. By selecting a specific video you get additional information about the lecture and/ or the person. If required, tags guide you to videos with related topics. You can also choose videos by selecting a year or a lecturer, or you can look into specially curated collections, compiled by important personalities of Ars Electronica. You can help to curate a collection by giving a star to a selected video. All videos awarded in this manner can be found in the *LECTURES.
We also provide a mobile version of the website.

The emergence of Talks & Lectures was funded by the Department of Arts and Culture, 2013.

The Starts Prize Showcase is a collection where all the artist submissions for the Starts Prize since 2016 can be searched and viewed. The winning projects are documented with extensive information and audio-visual media. ALL other submissions are displayed with a basic metadata in list form.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 732019.

Women in Media Arts aims to catalog information about women artists and their works, especially the ones who use digital media as their artistic tools and means of expression. The project makes this information available to the public to improve career opportunities and the public perception of females in media arts. The project was started with information about women who have made a mark on the 36-year history of Ars Electronica. Now, the project is open to the public—users are called upon to contribute entries about female media artists. It is still a work in progress and will be updated frequently. The source of entries done by Ars Electronica is the Ars Electronica Archive. You can log in on the website to create new public entries or to change existing ones.

This project was funded by the Office of the Federal Chancellor Austria 2016 and 2017.

The basis of the „European Digital Art and Science Network“ is a big manifold network consisting of scientific mentoring institutions (ESA, CERN, ESO and Fraunhofer MEVIS), the Ars Electronica Futurelab and seven European cultural partners (Center for the promotion of science, RS – DIG Gallery, SK – Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation, ES – Kapelica Gallery / Kersnikova, SI – GV Art, UK – Laboral, ES – Science Gallery, IE. The EU funded project lasted from 2014 to 2017. The Art & Science Showcase of Ars Electronica provides an overview of the individual activities of the network and also delivers information about the network itself, the residency artists and the involved project partners and the jury.

This Project was funded by the Office of the Federal Chancellor Austria and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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