Writer – Photographic Artist – Art Curator
Writer – Photographic Artist – Art Curator


“In 1979, long before anyone started speaking about a ‘digital revolution,’ in the unlikely setting of the small industrial town of Linz in Upper Austria, close to the Iron Curtain, three men—the director of a television station, a musician, and a scientist, who also wrote science fiction—launched a visionary festival for art, technology and society, giving it the Latin name ‘Ars Electronica.’”

From: Andreas J. Hirsch, Creating the Future — A Brief History of Ars Electronica 1979–2019, Ars Electronica, Linz / Hatje Cantz, Berlin, 2019

“Creating the Future – A Brief History of Ars Electronica” follows the history of Ars Electronica from the pioneering days of its inception through the turbulent times at the advent of the digital revolution up to the challenges facing an internationally active, fast growing organization with the imperative to constantly reinvent itself. Andreas J. Hirsch tells the story of how technologies impact on societies and on all of our lives in ever new and challenging ways, how the collaboration of art and science can result in remarkable innovation, and how Ars Electronica is dedicated to preparing us for the future. The history of Ars Electronica is the inside story of a unique organization and of the incredibly creative and immensely curious teams of artists, scientists, technologists, educators, and managers behind it.

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Andreas J. Hirsch at Book Launch Celebrating 40 Years Ars Electronica, Linz, 2019 (Photo: Tom Mesic / Ars Electronica)