Friday, September 7 will be dedicated to the STARTSInitiative during the Ars Electronica Festival.


POSTCITY, Conference Hall & Lecture Stage


At 10am the STARTS Collaborations session will begin. Artists, creative professionals, scientists and industry representatives who are involved in science, technology and art collaboration and residency programs will give insights into their experiences, discuss future strategies and inform about the next STARTS opportunities.


The STARTS Talk will be at 12:00pm. Luckily for us, there are those that defy our fragility and dive head-on into taking risks. Pioneers of human innovation embrace the dangers of committing grave errors to imagine and eventually realize complex projects, like having robots plot out steel bridges on the go or engineering an over-the-counter kit for home made custom remedies for vaginal health. „Embracing the Risk“ presents two projects that were only possible through daring boldness and the willingness to commit grave errors and were rewarded with the STARTS Prize‘18.
Moderation: Barbara von Rechbach (AT)
Speaker: Gijs van der Velden & Joris Laarman (NL) (Amsterdam‘ 3D Printed Steel Bridge), Giulia Tomasello (IT) (Future Flora)


You we'll be invited to take part in the STARTS Guided Tours at 2pm. Special guided tours will provide an overview of the exhibitions at the main festival location POSTCITY focusing on the STARTS exhibition and STARTS relevant artworks in connection with this years festival topic “ERROR - the Art of Imperfection”.


And the final session will be on AI in Art & Science, Strategy for responsible Innovation at 3:30pm. It seems that the next big leap in dealing with our errors needs to advance from delegating problem solving to artificial intelligence or official entities towards developing and promoting a sophisticated social intelligence and ethical responsibility. This responsibility encompasses the encouragement of creative practices, as well as an openness for polymaths and cross-disciplinary approaches. There is a strong expectation that art-science-technology collaborations provide a valuable strategy for developing new and before unknown approaches by embracing errors and encouraging diversity, which allows a reflection on itself and its impact on society. These reflexions are essential for the creation of functioning human-machine interfaces in the further development steps of artificial intelligence.
Moderation: Mark Coeckelbergh (BE/AT)
Speaker: Hiromi Ozaki (JP), Pierre Barreau (FR), Beth Singler (UK), Derrick de Kerckhove (CA), Anna Maria Brunnhofer (AT)
Chair: Roberto Viola (IT)


Full program here