Study Trip to Ars Electronica Festival
|Objective||This excursion offers a source of inspiration and knowledge for new Media Technology students, and a basis for discussion with which to start their studies.|
At the start of each academic year, all new Media Technology students go on a study trip to the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. Since 1979 Ars Electronica has been the world’s most outstanding forum of electronic art. State-of-the-art works of hundreds of artists from dozens of countries are presented in a festival that consists of exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, lectures, conferences, films, outside events, meetings and parties of all kinds. Over three days students are faced with many sides of the electronic arts: creative aims, technological means, scientific consequences, artistic qualities, ecological and ethical questions, and the social consequences of the spread of new media. It offers a source of inspiration and knowledge for new Media Technology students, and a basis for discussion with which to start their studies.
A minor fee for travel, accommodation and festival admission must be paid by students. The Media Technology office arranges travel by bus, stay at a hotel, and substantial discount on festival passes. International students must themselves take care of appropriate visa (travel is through Germany and Austria). The visit is shared with new students of the ArtScience programme.
Students unable to join the study trip can submit a petition to do an alternative course or project instead.