Humankind has been fighting for its very survival since time immemorial. For millennia, we have modified our habitats in going about this. We have been so successful in making everything around us so complex that we now find ourselves in the paradoxical situation of no longer being able to comprehend this world we have made.
The Human Factor, the very thing that has fostered our survival heretofore, is now yielding consequences that threaten to overwhelm us. At the nexus of art, society and industry, artists are now working together with engineers, technologists and scientists to seek promising solutions. The upshots are concepts and projects that remain unfinished, have not yet fully matured, are still untested, or whose outcome and/or further progress are unknown. Artistic prototypes that seek to answer social, ecological and economic questions. Works that inspire, and that are emblematic of new, unconventional and innovative linkups between art and industry....
In 2004 Ars Electronica created Ars Electronica Export, a program dedicated to the production of exhibitions, workshops and education programs for and together with partners from all over the world.