Garden Aotearoa 2022

    Art, Technology & Society















16 June – 22 June 2022

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation



Welcome to the Ars Electronica Garden Aotearoa 2022

Ars Electronica: AOTEAROA is New Zealand’s contribution to the International Ars Electronica Festival in 2022.

Ars Electronica is the world’s largest media festival, which is held annually in Linz, Austria. Placed at the intersection of art, technology and society, the five-day event attracts over 100,000 international visitors. Founded in 1979 the Ars Electronica Festival was designed to take the emergence of the Digital Revolution as an occasion to explore technologies and interrogate potential futures. The festival consists of symposia, exhibitions, performances, concerts and interventions spanning a broad arc from speculative futuristic scenarios to analytical considerations, from provocative actionism to philosophical debates.

Aotearoa has been offered a unique opportunity to partner with the main festival. For the third time, the arc/sec Lab at the University of Auckland (UoA) and the Digital Architecture Research Alliance (DARA) at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington are proud to contribute the Ars Electronica: AOTEAROA. This exhibition and concert night showcases projects from New Zealand’s artists, musicians, scientists and researchers in the form of prototypical installations, performances and talks.

Event Program

Daily Exhibition

16 June – 22 June

Open hours: 12:00pm – 9:00pm




Opening Night

(Invite Only)

6:00PM – 9:00PM

Tumour Evolution in Extended Reality (XR)

NETwork!, et al.

Explore the intersection of visualization technology and genomics. View cancer in time and space by merging radiology and genomics within Extended Reality (XR).


Ko Te Ākau

Charles Koroneho, et al.

Ko Te Ākau is a visual arts installation and curated performance program for live and virtual spaces. The project references the collaborative works of artists Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert and serves as the inspiration for the Ākau.


Jeremy J Ham, Uwe Woessner

Synaespatia is the experience of sound and music as spectacular and dynamic manifestations in virtual reality: the sensing of sound as space through the technologies of a Networked Musicospatial Virtual Environment (NMSVE).




Ars Electronica Talk: Digital Humanism and future perspectives










Senses Swirling in Virtual Reality

Thomas Tucker,  Tohm Judson, et al.

The Senses Swirling Project attempts to bridge the divide between the digital world and the physical by creating an immersive VR experience which engages all five senses and transportes participants into a space which feels hyperreal.


Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation

139 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington


ARS NZ Organization


Assoc. Professor Uwe Rieger, arc/sec Lab, UoA

Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel, DARA, VUW

Yinan Liu, arc/sec Lab, UoA

Tane Moleta, DARA, VUW



Aotearoa Concert Night


Sasha Leitman, VUW

Fabio Morreale, UoA

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