MindSpaces - Ars Electronica 2021

Ars Electronica is one of the biggest new media art festivals in the world. MindSpaces will be part of Ars Electronica Festival of 2021 with activities related to its technologies, digital artists and artists in residency.


Garden Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki Garden will host MindSpaces project, funded by the European HORIZON2020-STARTS program. To encourage collaboration of research projects and artists,  STARTS  funded STARTS  residencies of  artists in technology  institutions and of scientists and technologists in studio of artists.

People experience the built environment differently according to their social, cultural and economic background. The variety of this experience requires consideration, if we want all users to feel that a particular space or place belongs to them. Towards this direction, MindSpaces seeks to transform the practice of architecture by integrating the full diversity of how people experience and behave in the spaces we design by using innovative artistic-driven digital technologies. With the use of Virtual Reality, biosensors, artificial intelligence algorithms and simulations, design decisions may be taken in relation to a detailed understanding of the users preferences and collective behaviour.

Ars Electronica Garden Thessaloniki MindSpaces


MindSpaces Consortium

Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas, University of Maastricht, Pompeu Fabra University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, McNeel Europe SL, Up2Metric, Nurogames,Zaha Hadid Architects, Maurice Benayoun, Analog Native , Espronceda, e-Sèniors, The town of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat,The university of Hong Kong)


Maurice Benayoun

Refik Anadol

Artists in residency

Haseeb Ahmed, Sarah Derat, Emanuel Gollob, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, João Martinho Moura, Michael Sedbon