Volkswagen Group Forum - Berlin
01 / 07 / 2016 - 27 / 08 / 2016

DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum is pleased to present the fifth exhibition by Ars Electronica Linz. Under the title Human Factor – Endless Prototyping, some 50 international artists explore the conflict between the opportunities and risks of man-made progress. The exhibition includes a supporting program with talks, performances and workshops.

Human Factor features artworks dealing with the key issues and challenges related to the digital age and reflecting the human factor in an increasingly engineered environment. With inspiring prototypes at the interface of art and science, artists from around the globe present their strategies to address the uncertainties and imponderables of today’s world.

The featured work in the exhibition is Davide Quayola’s Sculpture Factory. Inspired by Michelangelo’s non finito technique, the artist uses a specially programmed industrial robot to shape endless variations of the world-famous Laocoön Group from an EPS block. The impartial intelligence of the machine assumes the role of the artist and creates its “own” versions of one of the most important works in the visual arts.


Another artwork on display is the Environment Dress 2.0 by María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde. The artists developed a wearable computer system that not only serves as clothing. It also measures the aggressiveness of the surroundings and analyzes how this affects human moods and behavior.

With Instruments of the Afterlife, Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta address the question of whether future generations can use the contamination and pollution we leave behind to build their future world. The artists present a series of new instruments based on synthetic biology, plant sciences and nanotechnology to delineate a post-waste future. In the theatrical installation Human Study #1, 3RNP  by Patrick Tresset, a human subject is sketched by robots serving as the artists.

In their work Rare Earthenware, Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic design research studio directed by Liam Young and Kate Davies, follows the global supply chain of modern technologies. The project traces the roots of high-end electronics to the mine sites where rare earth elements are pilfered from the earth.


Exhibiting artists: Ars Electronica Futurelab (Austria) / bioMASON, Inc. (US) / Daniel Boschung (Switzerland) / Michael Burton (UK) and Michiko Nitta (Japan) / uh513: María Castellanos (Spain) and Alberto Valverde (Spain) / Florina Costamoling (Austria) / Teresa Dillon (Ireland), Naomi Griffin-Murtagh (Ireland), Claire Dempsey (Ireland) and Aisling McCrudden (Ireland) / Nick Ervinck (Belgium) / Golan Levin and Shawn Sims (US) / Istituto Europeo di Design – IED (Italy): Cesare Griffa, Mohamed Awaty, Victória Calil Barriatto, Anirudh Datta, Giulia Del Din, Samuel Fiolis and Riccardo Rigo / Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (Germany) (Denmark) / Tobias Nolte (Germany), Andrew Witt (US), Michael Degen (US), Jason Tucker (US) and Simon Epstein (UK) / Julian Melchiorri (Italy/UK) / Gavin Munro (UK) / Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Denmark) / Jennifer Lyn Morone (US) / Afroditi Psarra (Greece) and Dafni Papadopoulou (Greece) / Quayola (Italy) / Karl Julian Schmidinger (Austria) and Joschi Viteka (Austria) / BCL: Georg Tremmel (Austria/Japan) and Shiho Fukuhara (Japan) / Jacob Tonski (US) / Patrick Tresset (France/ UK) / Unknown Fields Division (UK/Australia) / YQP: Maximilian Hoch (Germany), Manuel Urbanke (Austria) and Florian Dohmann (Germany)

The DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum is the Group’s communication platform in Berlin. Opened in 2015, this is the first time that the Volkswagen Group has exhibited all 12 brands and Financial Services AG together anywhere in the world. DRIVE is the platform for mobility issues in the Group, which are reflected in a range of brand and themed exhibitions with a comprehensive program of supporting events.


Ars Electronica consists of six divisions: Ars Electronica, Prix Ars Electronica, Ars Electronica Center, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Ars Electronica Solutions and Ars Electronica Export. Since 1979, Ars Electronica has sought out interlinkages and effects throughout the realms of art, technology and society.