Whether in the arts, in the technology industry or in politics - all these areas are creating their own parameters for digital transformation. State-of-the-art technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain & Co are already fundamentally changing our economy, our society and the institutions of our democracy. "A new, digital humanism, or perhaps even better a new, humanistic digitalisation, is needed to break through existing barriers, to unite the goals of human beings with the development of digital technologies and to enable citizens to participate in the public discourse around these technologies of the future. Artistic experiences and ways of acting can provide very important impulses," explains Hannes Raffaseder, Chief Research and Innovation Officer of St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, leading coordinator of the European University E³UDRES², composer and media artist. Gerin Trautenberger, Chairman of KAT, was also on the podium for the discussion.
New APART initiative
The panel discussion was also the launch event of the new initiative APART, the Austrian Platform for Art and Tech Thinking. It promotes intensive interaction between art and (digital) technologies. APART is an open platform that is open to all institutions, initiatives and committed individuals. The aim is for people to be (once again) at the centre of digital change and technological progress. APART is initiated and organised by the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten. Other founding members are Open Austria, KAT - Kreativwirtschaft Austria and Ars Electronica. The Digital Makers Hub and the Digital Innovation Hub Ost are important cooperation partners.
Photo credits: FH St. Pölten/Eva Stefan, Martin Lifka Photography