Following the cooperation with the Ars Electronica in the framework of this year’s 61st ISSS World Conference ISSS2017 Vienna the BCSSS would like to express its gratitude again for this exciting collaboration and wishes to congratulate Gerfried Stocker, the artistic director of the Ars Electronica, and his team on the successful festival Ars Electronica 2017!

We are grateful that Gerfried Stocker followed our invitation and held a keynote speech on the fifth day of the conference “From Science to Innovation to the Development of Society” on “Re-inventing Art, Technology and Society”.

Gerfried Stocker, ISSS2017 Vienna, University of Technology (TU Wien)

We look back on a great meeting and particularly Stefan Blachfellner, managing director of the BCSSS, was glad to be invited to visit the Ars Electronica 2017 in Linz and join the gala dinner of the festival.


Furthermore we are pleased about a contribution by our valued BCSSS member Robert Trappl during the Ars Electronica 2017. Trappl, who some call “The Austrian Godfather  of Artificial Intelligence”, is head of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna and Professor Emeritus of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence at the Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna. Within the scope of the Artificial Intelligence Symposium “The Other I” Trappl talked on “Reality and Expectations”.

Robert Trappl, Ars Electronica 2017


To express our enthusiasm about our Ars Electronica experience once again we would like to highlight especially one wonderful momentum of the festival: the Prix Ars Electronica – International Competition for CyberArts.

The winner of the category ‘Computer Animation / Film / VFX’, David OReilly, surprised with his amazing work ‘Everything‘.

“(…) a unique and innovative approach to animation that pushes the boundaries between linear, nonlinear, and interactive experience. (…) also serves a highly educational purpose and includes an important political statement (…)“
(Statement of the Festival Jury)

For more information please cklick here!


© David OReilly


After this fruitful and promising cooperation and dialogue between the BCSSS and the
ARS ELECTRONICA we are looking forward to future projects that bring us together again
in a scientific and experimental way, hungry for knowledge and exchange!