Ai Hasegawa’s (Im)possible Baby, Case 01: Asako & Moriga will be displayed at Ars Electronica 2016, the media arts festival held in the Austrian city of Linz. Portrait of Japanese Animation will alos be screened under the Japan Media Arts Festival project for overseas screenings and The Final Media Dommune will provide live, worldwide distribution of Ars Electronica events.


“(Im)possible Baby, Case 01: Asako & Moriga” HASEGAWA Ai
(Excellence Award, Art Division, Japan Media Arts Festival 2015)

The exhibition introducing the (Im)possible Child project will be held at the main Post City venue. The idea is that genetic information gathered from a same-sex couple is used to generate the genetic data of their potential children and then create a family photo. The progress of genetic research has already made the notion of same-sex couples having children a possible dream but is this ethically acceptable? This work produced a great debate on the social media.
Official website [Ai Hasegawa:(Im)possible baby]

Exhibition: Alchemists of our Time
Term: 10:00-19:30, Thu. 8th—Mon. 12th September 2016
Venue: First Floor / PostCity

“The Final Media DOMMUNE” UKAWA Naohiro
(Jury Selections, Art Division, Japan Media Arts Festival 2010)

Dommune is collaborating with the Ars Electronica festival. DOMMUNE@Ars Electronica Festival 2016 will distribute the excitement of the festival live worldwide during the four day term from Friday 8th to Sunday, 11th September. The programs will feature a talk show with global artists participating in Ars Electronica and a live performance.
[DOMMUNE Live Schedule]
Official website [DOMMUNE]

Talk Event

「Japan Media Arts Festival + Prix Ars Electronica」

Speaker: Naohiro Ukawa, Ai Hasegawa, Winner of Prix Ars
Date: 15:00-16:00, Fri. 9th September 2016
Venue: Train Hall / PostCity


Title:「Portrait of Japanese Animation」

Date:17:00-18:00, Sun. 11th September
    15:00-16:00, Mon. 12th September
Venue: Central Linz

「Future Innovators Summit(FIS)」

The talk show is a group discussion with specialists in various fields from around the world who will seek creative proposals for a better future for humankind. Japan will be represented by Mori Art Museum Director Fumio Nanjo, media artist Masaki Fujihata and Liaison Officer to the MIT Media Lab Chiaki Hayashi.
Participants: Ai Hasegawa, Shiho Fukuhara, Genta Kondo, and 19 others
Term: Thu. 8th—Mon. 12th September 2016
Venue: PostCity


Term:Thu. 8th—Mon. 12th September 2016
Venue:PostCity, ARS ELECTRONICA Center, OK Center for Contemporary Art etc. in Linz, Austria
Admission:18 euros (varies according to ticket type and date)
Official website [ARS ELECTORONICA 2016]

This year’s Ars Electronica is the thirty-fifth festival in the series launched in 1979 as a Festival of Art and Technology for Society. Artists, scientists, engineers, theorists and journalists gather at this international media arts festival from all over the world. This year’s theme is Radical Atoms and the Alchemists of our Time. The artworks and events around the town will tackle the new territory of how to fuse the digital with the physical world.

Ars Electronica Festival 2016 Teaser