Ars Electronica Festival 2008 brief report

Morning in Linz

I went to Ars Electronica Festival 2008 in Linz, Austria this summer. I like this beautiful small city.

This year’s festival seemed a little quiet. Ars Electronica Center, the mountain train, there were many things under renovation in Linz. Because of a preparation for next year. Linz will be an European capital of culture 2009.

This year’s festival theme is “A NEW CULTURAL ECONOMY.” The theme is not so exciting word but is reflecting important change of the festival. I think the meaning of participation is changing dynamically in the last few years. Participation is no longer ad hoc relation with each project. Many artists aim at a making relation with society.

Digital Communities category of Prix Ars Electronica is very relevant to the theme but its exhibition was only panel. I hope next year’s festival will be great.

I met my important friends living there again. I spent wonderful days at Linz.