In September, Lizzie Crouch was selected to be a part of the Future Innovators Summit, a program that runs as part of the annual Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria. She has reflected on the experience.
Ars Electronica is a unique organization that provides platforms for the exploration of topics at the intersection of art, technology and society through media art. Its annual festival takes over the entire city of Linz and entices people from around the globe to gather and explore an interdisciplinary theme through exhibitions, workshops, and symposia.
The Future Innovators Summit (FIS) brings together people from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to scrutinise sub-themes of the festival. The aim of the process is for participants to collaboratively generate creative questions that provoke and inspire people to move conversations forward, to create ‘missions for tomorrow’.
The festival theme for 2018 was Error: The Art of Imperfection. Writing about this rationale behind this, artistic director Gerfried Stocker and Ars Electronica co-founder Christine Schöpf posed the question, ‘An error is a discrepancy from what we expect, a deviation from the norm… but what is the norm and who establishes it?’ The FIS participants were split into groups and considered this question through the lens of either Future Humanity, Future Dignity or Future Sharing.