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Art Meets Science and Technology – Towards a New Enlightenment

Plenary / Panel
english language

In the search for innovation, original ways of thinking and critical discourse are catalysts for testing and scrutinising developments in society. What pathways for exchange and collaboration can we find between art, science and technology to face today’s challenges?


Head of Arts@CERN, CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
General Director and Artistic Director, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art; Head, Vienna Biennale, Vienna
Artistic Director, Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, Linz Chair

Monica BELLO

Head of Arts@CERN, CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva

2005-2007 Curator and Content coordinator, Res-Qualia, Barcelona, Spain
2005-2008 Founder; Curator, La Capsula, Caracas, Venezuela
2008-2010 Head of Education, Laboral Centro de Arte, Gijon, Spain
2010-2015 Artistic Director, VIDA-International Competition for Art and Artificial Art, Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid
since 2015 Head, Arts@CERN, Geneva


Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2003-2004 Research Intern, User Interface Group, Siemens Corporate Technology, Munich
2004-2006 Research Assistant, User Experience Group, Siemens Research, Princeton, NJ and Munich
2006-2012 Doctoral student and Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine
2008 Research Intern, INTEL LABS, Oregon, Portland
2012-2014 Post-doctoral Researcher, Fudan University, Shanghai and Intel Centre for Social Computing (ISTC-Social), UC Irvine
since 2014 University of Michigan


General Director and Artistic Director, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art; Head, Vienna Biennale, Vienna

1978-1983 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, Politikwissenschaft und Kunstgeschichte an der Universität Wien
1982-1983 Promotion zum Dr.iur. und zum Dr.phil.
1979-1984 Assistent an der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien
seit 1984 Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten, Auslandsposten: Abidjan (1985), Genf (1986-90), Bonn (1991-93), New York (seit 1999)
1993-1999 Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten, 1996-99: Leiter der Abteilung für Europarecht; zusätzlich 1997-99: Leiter der Abteilung Europäischer Rat und Rat Allgemeine Angelegenheiten; ASTV II; multilaterale Handelspolitik; Außenwirtschaftsbeziehungen betreffend Mittelmeerraum, Naher Osten, Golfregion, Afrika
1999-2007 Direktor, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
2007-2011 Geschäftsführer
seit 2011 Direktor, Museum für Angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, Wien

Gerfried STOCKER

Artistic Director, Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, Linz

 Media artist and musician. Graduate of the Institute for Telecommunication Engineering and Electronics in Graz. Since 1990, he has been working as an independent artist.
1991 Foundation of x-space, a team for the realization of interdisciplinary projects. In this framework numerous installations and performance projects have been carried out in the field of interaction, robotics and telecommunication. Stocker was also responsible for the concept of various radio, TV and network projects and the organization of the worldwide radio and network project Horizontal Radio in 1995.
 Projects and Installations have been shown among others at:
 EXPO - 92 Sevilla; Kunsthalle Bonn - 92; Biennale Venedig '93; ISEA '93 Minneapolis; Interactive Media Festival Los Angeles '94; Digital World Conference Los Angeles '94; SIGGRAPH '94 Orlando; ISEA '94 Helsinki; Dutch Electronic Art Festival - 94 Rotterdam; steirischer herbst '94, '95; Ars Electronica '95; SIGGRAPH '95, Los Angeles; ISEA '95 Montréal; Frankfurter Buchmesse '95; New York Digital Salon '95; Biennale Venedig '97, Millennium Dome London 2000, SIGGRAPH '02 San Antonio.
since 1995 Artistic director of the Ars Electronica Center and, together with Christine Schöpf, artistic codirector of the Ars Electronica Festival.

Technology Symposium

show timetable


13:00 - 13:10OpeningPlenary
13:10 - 14:15RTI TalkPlenary
14:30 - 14:50From Austria to Silicon Valley - Cyber Security as a Global FactorPlenary
14:50 - 16:10Cybernetics in Advanced Energy and Production SystemsPlenary
16:30 - 17:45Complexity and the New EnlightenmentPlenary
20:00 - 20:15Best of Art and ScienceCulture
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria and Alpbach Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
21:30 - 23:00Career LoungeSocial
21:30 - 23:30Evening ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 10:30Digital MedicinePlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
10:30 - 12:30Cross-sektorale Kooperationen von ClusternPartner
11:00 - 12:30Personalized Cancer MedicinePlenary
12:30 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: Innovation by Making: Paradigm Shifts and New Innovation CulturesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: Silicon Austria: A Game Changer for Austria as a High-Tech Location?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Creating the Future: How to Reinvent Innovation ProcessesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: The Cycle of Innovation and its EcologyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Heavy Impact of Lightweight DesignBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: Looking Into the Unknown and Shifting HorizonsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Radical Innovations: More Courage to Take RisksBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: The Acceptance of Technologies by Pupils with Migration History - a Plea for Transcultural Competence as new EnlightenmentBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Cyber Security: A Fundamental RightBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: Open Access & Open Innovation - Tools for a New Enlightenment?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Realities and Futures of RoboticsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: Energiewende - Empowering ConsumersBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: Security of Supply as a Locational FactorBreakout
19:00 - 20:30Innovation Marathon: Ideas Made to Order - 24 Hours NonstopPlenary


09:00 - 10:30Art Meets Science and Technology - Towards a New EnlightenmentPlenary
10:45 - 11:45Open Innovation: New Enlightenment? Participation - Democratisation - New SolutionsPlenary
12:15 - 13:30ETH Zurich, this Year's Special Guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial