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Theme: The Future of Ritual and Resonance

How are we facing the pandemic of Covid19 and the various social changes that cascade from it? This virus is spreading through human connections and affecting traditions, cultures, and systems shaped by humanity.

What will the rituals, behaviors, and modes of the future look like in light of these experiences? What immersive experiences are useful for new social contexts? How will we bring on-screen animation closer to physical, real-life animation? Can humanity create a new animism to communicate with artificial intelligence and robots? What are the key factors to consider when humanizing technology in the process of digital transformation? How will we share with people in remote locations and what new technologies can create vivid travel experiences? How do we envision new hybrid modes that go beyond online and on-site? What are the new formats for live experiences? Are there solutions in hacking and transforming cities and everyday life? What are the next ideas for sharing experiences, knowledge, life and death? How do we harness the power of collective will and individual hope in the face of global changes in media and governance? In the face of the climate crisis, how can we shift technology for the benefit of humans to benefit the planet, and how can we work together to live in harmony with nature?

And what kind of resonance will these new experiences bring to people and society?

Art Gallery Chair

Director, Ars Electronica Futurelab

Art Gallery Curation Committee

Etsuko Ichihara
Media Artist

Kyoko Kunoh
Ars Electronica Futurelab

Hideaki Ogawa
Ars Electronica Futurelab

Akira Wakita
Keio University SFC

Art Gallery Advisory Member

Maša Jazbec
DDTlab at Network of Art Research and Culture Centres

Dietmar Offenhuber
Northeastern University
United States of America

Riar Rizaldi
Artist, Indonesia

Lubi Thomas
LubiCo - Independent Curator

June Kim
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney