Art, technology, society. Since 1979, Ars Electronica has sought out interlinkages and congruities, causes and effects. The ideas circulating here are innovative, radical, eccentric in the best sense of that term. They influence our everyday life—our lifestyle, our way of life, every single day.
The Festival as proving ground, the Prix as competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-‘round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab and Ars Electronica Solutions as as in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Ars Electronica’s divisions inspire one another and put futuristic visions to the test in a unique, creative feedback loop. It’s an integrated organism continuously reinventing itself.
Vooruit is a vibrant arts center with 300.000 annual visitors. Since 1982, it have been offering countless cultural events, focusing specifically on performing arts, music, books and city & transition. Vooruit organizes 500 to 600 of our own activities annually. In addition to this, it also cooperate with a large number of partners, who complete and strengthen our offerings through our hall rental.
The Buda Factory is a creative “roundtable” for people with entrepreneurial spirit: students, product developers, designers, copywriters, event managers, theatre makers… you name it. What binds them together is the desire to dive into the pool together and enrich one another’s projects. Buda invests not only in its own infrastructure, but also in a network of organisations and companies that make their expertise available to the Buda community. Every form of innovation arises from an intense collaboration between players from different disciplines. Reciprocity is the keyword here: everyone must become stronger in his field.
Zebrastraat: Knowledge centre
During the last few years, Zebrastraat Ghent has developed into a stimulating knowledge centre with a strong interest in art. Every two years we organize a Biennial called Update, linked with the New Technological Art Award (NTAA) contest, which tries to fill in a gap in the mainstream art world, by paying attention to the technological developments that drive our global culture.
NTAA selects and presents creations in which the culture-forming role of technology occupies a central place. Low or high tech, intuitive or experimental, the creations always draw our attention to actual innovative trends. The exhibition of achievements of the selected winners is a compass that orients you to the relevant temporal and resilient use of technology in the artistic sector.
The Flemish Community Commission
The Flemish Community Commission (VGC) is the hub of the Flemish Community in the Brussels-Capital Region. It gives form and content to the capital from the point of view of Dutch-speakers and is the competent authority for issues relating to culture, education, well-being and health.
iMAL (interactive Media Art Laboratory), is a non-profit association created in Brussels in 1999, with the objective to support artistic forms and creative practices using computer and network technologies as their medium. In 2007, iMAL opened its new venue: a Centre for Digital Cultures and Technology of about 600m2 for the meeting of artistic, scientific and industrial innovations. A space entirely dedicated to contemporary artistic and cultural practices emerging from the fusion of computer, telecommunication, network and media.
BOZAR is The Centre for Fine Arts is located at the heart of Brussels. The Centre, a palace of the arts created in 1928 by Victor Horta and covers all art disciplines. Creativity, quality, and artistic diversity have been at the heart of the Centre’s mission since its foundation. But for art not to be something abstract and distant, for it to be truly part of the “culture” of a society – and particularly in a city as variegated and international as Brussels – the public must be able to experience it in a way that is both natural and lively. Art and people must find and recognise each other, must interact with and enrich each other. For the greater happiness of all.
Brussels Capital Region
The inhabitants of Brussels elected their first regional representatives on 18 June 1989. The Brussels-Capital Region became an autonomous Region, just like the Flemish and the Walloon Regions. Through its institutions and its inhabitants, the Brussels-Capital Region asserts its unique personality: a territory in which speakers of French and Dutch live together, alongside nationals of many other countries.
The Erasmushogeschool Brussel offers 20 professional bachelor programmes and 7 academic art programmes. In addition, the school offers multiple programmes for continued learning (bachelor after bachelor, master after master), and via the center for permanent forming, EhB+, they also offer postgraduate programmes and special training.