In response to the global pandemic and its impact, the leading new media arts festival Ars Electronica will premiere a dual format for its 2020 edition, including an online showcase in addition to the physical event. Ars Electronica has partnered with .art Domains to inaugurate Ars Electronica .ART Gallery, the online arm of the festival this year.

Ars Electronica .ART Gallery will take place online, inviting visitors to explore two sections: Ars Electronica .ART Global Gallery and Ars Electronica .ART Pavilions. The Global Gallery section is open to all applicants through an Open Call, which offers digital artists a unique opportunity to be part of the festival by submitting their work to be exhibited in this section.  Ars Electronica .ART Pavilions will feature special projects presented by Ars Electronica’s selection of curators.

The current situation has set the stage for an unprecedented shift toward the online. Rising to these challenging times, the team behind .art Domains has developed .art Digital Twin. Ars Electronica .ART Gallery is highlighting the variety of projects that are possible within the online format and offer participating artists the opportunity to certify their works with this new tool.

The .art Digital Twin captures the artwork information in quality and volume that wouldn’t be possible with a “traditional” offline certificate. Using the DNS (domain name system) stability as its foundation allows for Ethereum integration and existing blockchain solutions to be additionally used. The .art Digital Twin empowers artists to attach and store an unprecedented number of data and files about an artwork, allowing for new levels of data sharing in an online exhibition format. Together with Ars Electronica, the team behind .art Domains hopes to improve the current conditions for digital art certification.

Submissions are now open for the Ars Electronica .ART Global Gallery! Apply before September 1st, 2020, to be part of festival’s history.

Open Call application form:

Submissions are moderated and when submitting your work you’re asked to pay 20$. We want to make clear that we don’t charge you for your participation but that you will receive a .art Digital Twin.

The .art Digital Twin empowers artists to attach and store an unprecedented number of data and files about an artwork using the Domain Name System (DNS), allowing for new levels of data sharing in an online exhibition format. You can learn more on 
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About Ars Electronica

Art. Technology. Society.

Since 1979, Ars Electronica has been concerned with shaping the future and the impact of new technologies on our lives. Our attention is always focused on the role of human beings, the cultural and social challenges they face, and the resulting possibilities for shaping our lives. Ars Electronica has developed an internationally successful platform out of the trend-setting exchange and interplay of art, technology and society, which today encompasses a whole range of different activities: The “Ars Electronica Festival,” which gathers more than 1,000 artists and scientists each year, the annual “Prix Ars Electronica,” for which more than 4,000 submissions from around 100 countries are always submitted, the “Ars Electronica Center,” which attracts more than 170,000 visitors each year,  the internationally renowned “Ars Electronica Futurelab” and its extremely successful “Ars Electronica Japan” initiative, “Ars Electronica Solutions”, which creates market-ready products from prototypical projects, “CREATE YOUR WORLD”, which implements programs with and for the next generation, the Ars Electronica EXPORT staff unit, which develops art exhibitions, conferences, performances and workshops for customers worldwide, and finally the Ars Electronica Archive, a worldwide unique collection of descriptions and documentation of more than 75.000 art projects from almost four decades of the Digital Revolution.

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