The Museum of the Future debuted in 1996, and was expanded from 2,500 to 6,500 m2 of usable space in conjunction with Linz’s term as European Capital of Culture in 2009. Neither an art space nor a science center, the Ars Electronica Center defines itself as a prototype, an experimental array, a combination of atelier and laboratory. Here, conventional boundaries separating artistic explorations and scientific research are annulled so that both approaches can be applied to issues of common interest.
Several exhibitions run simultaneously at the Center, whereby the permanent exhibition “New Views of Humankind” constitutes the core of the curatorial program. Four labs—not, however, strictly discrete from one another—go about answering the question of how the spheres inhabited by humanity and individual human beings are changing, how we’re modifying our habitat, and what the world of the future just might be like. The Ars Electronica Center leads all Linz museums in attendance.