This year's Ars Electronica is a series of presentations and events including symposia, addresses by artists, exhibitions and installations, concerts, performances, workshops, seminars and interventions in public spaces on the theme of Hybrid - Living in Paradox.
Science, research, media, politics, art, cultural identity and the definition of physicality—boundaries are vanishing clear across all spheres and aspects of society. Traditionally separate domains are blending together to engender new products, alliances and forms of expression.
The consequences of this trend that is increasingly encompassing and pervading all facets of human creativity are “mixed,” hybrid solutions like nanotechnology, bionic prostheses, culture jams, hybrid motors, podcasting and blogging—to name just a few.
Via modern media and international networking, individuals have long since come to define themselves in terms of a cultural mix composed of highly diverse influences. This development is the source of insecurity among many different segments of the human community and triggers defensive reactions ranging as far as racism and fundamentalism.
The CyberArts 2005 exhibition at the O.K Center for Contemporary Art will showcase the projects singled out for recognition by the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica. The winning works are always intellectually interesting, even where art and concept do not always produce the most fertile pairing.
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