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CIVA Festival 2023 – Intangible Care

CIVA stands for Contemporary,
Immersive and Virtual Art

Under the title »Intangible Care« the third edition of the Viennese media art festival CIVA 2023 builds on the themes of the previous years. In its third and at the same time last edition, the ten-day festival offers a hybrid program of exhibitions, talks, film screenings and performances. A selection of diverse artistic and discursive positions shows a variety of strategies to face the intangibility of our phygital world and to develop contemporary forms of care and resilience.

From February 17-26 CIVA presents exhibitions, talks and film screenings at Belvedere 21, Aux Gazelles, and online.

The Future of Living

The Future of Living is an ongoing conversation, a live conference and a creative challenge addressing the future of Artificial Intelligence in our living environment, cities, communities, and culture.

A two-day event will take place at Bozar on December 2nd–3rd, bringing together leading Artificial Intelligence researchers, engineers, artists, thinkers, and entrepreneurs. The participants will address the main issues concerning our future with AI for all.

Panel 1:
Reality versus Imagination

Aren’t the datasets that feed Artificial Intelligence to learn just as important as the algorithms that allow them to „imagine“ new content?

Panel discussion with curator Eva Fischer (AT), director of Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) Carles Sierra Garcia (SP), artist Mar Canet Sola (ES), and curator Domenica Quaranta (IT), moderated by curator Dominique Moulon (FR).

Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels

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Creative Days Vienna 2022

Infos coming up soon: LINK

CIVA Festival 2022 – 2nd edition
»Embodied Structures«

Save the date: February 18 to 26, 2022

Titled »Embodied Structures«, Vienna’s media art festival in 2022 devotes itself to the body and its multiple and ever-changing identities. At its main venues Belvedere 21, Stadtkino Wien, and Volkstheater as well as via its digital outlets, the nine-day festival offers a hybrid program of art exhibitions, talks, lectures, workshops, film screenings, and performances.

CIVA’s second edition zooms in on art and research that discuss how bodies can transcend their organic boundaries and shows artistic and activist approaches that can be used to both empower ourselves and reorganize structural power.

Design by Enrico Zago & Maximilian Prag

CIVA – Contemporary Immersive Virtual Art
February 18—26, 2022
»Embodied Structures«
Hybrid edition
Belvedere 21, Stadtkino Wien, Volkstheater, and online
Supported by the City of Vienna


After the recent years’ global preoccupation with the virtual, CIVA 2022 focuses on our contemporary hybrid reality and its repercussions for diverse bodies in various branches of our lives. Presenting artists and researchers from all different kinds of fields, Vienna’s media art festival provides a forum that both comprehends the body as a political field between the analog and the digital and opens up a discussion on whether »internalized structures« can and must be »unlearned«.

CIVA is organized by the agency sound:frame and stands for Contemporary Immersive Virtual Art. The second edition of the Vienna media art festival will take place from February 18 to 26, 2022 at Belvedere 21, Stadtkino Wien, Volkstheater, and online. Most of the program is accessible free of charge, prior registration is required for some events due to limited space capacities.

The detailed festival program will be announced in a kick-off event on January 19, 2022 at 11.30 a.m. at Volkstheater (Rote Bar) and can be accessed online the day after.

Rotting Sounds Symposium

September 23 and 24, 2021

Klangtheater @ Future Art Lab
mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Anton-von-Webern Platz 1
1030 Wien, Austria

Since 2018, the project of artistic research *Rotting sounds – Embracing the temporal deterioration of digital audio* has researched transformation processes pertaining to the diverse interrelations of digitally encoded information in the audio domain, its material properties and (human) interpretation within a sociocultural context.This symposium shall provide a room for reflection on the acquired experiences in the course of the project, bring in external viewpoints on the relevant topics and stimulate an outlook into perspectives which may lie well beyond the limits of current research.

*Rotting sounds* is a cooperation between the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and is funded by the Austria science fund (FWF project AR445).


FWF Der Wissenschaftsfond
mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

co-curated and produced by sound:frame

Künstler*innen am Neubau


V2_Test_LAB „Best of CIVA“
CIVA x V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

22 Apr 2021
19:30 to 21:30
location: V2_online

Test_Lab: Social Distancing – Virtual Bonding presents artistic research questioning whether and how current technologies enable us to remain virtually connected to each other in times of physical distancing, or whether it is possibly to build new international networks and communities with these technologies. The works presented will be focusing on contemporary ways of exhibiting and performing in the virtual.

Test_Lab: Social Distancing – Virtual Bonding is presented in collaboration with Vienna’s CIVA Festival. The event will be hosted by Florian Weigl together with the Viennese CIVA Festival curators Eva Fischer, Martina Menegon and Angie Shahira Pohl.

The Test_Lab is a follow up to CIVA‘s week long event-series Social Distancing – Virtual Bonding, that took place in February 2021. The programme at CIVA included a virtual exhibition, a three-day discourse program with international talks, workshops and performances, four live concert evenings, two film screenings, a digital wellness day, as well as a comprehensive mediation offer including theme-oriented CIVA Ambassador Groups, numerous tours, and workshops. The outcomes of the explorations undertaken during the event series in February are presented at the Test_Lab Social Distancing – Virtual Bonding.


– Margarete Jahrmann & Thomas Wagensommerer
– Efua Jarvis Essandoh
– More t.b.a.

Subscribe to join this online event here. You will receive the link on the day of the event.


Test_Lab is a public events series organized by V2_ that provides an informal setting for the presentation, demonstration, testing and discussion of artistic research and development.

V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media is an interdisciplinary center for art and media technology in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). V2_ presents, produces, archives and publishes research at the interface of art, technology and society. Founded in 1981, V2_ offers a platform for artists, designers, scientists, researchers, theorists, and developers of software and hardware from various disciplines to discuss their work and share their findings. In V2_’s view, art and design play an essential role in the social embedding of technological developments. V2_ creates a context in which issues regarding the social impact of technology are explored through critical dialogue, artistic reflection and practice-oriented research.

CIVA Festival

CIVA, Vienna’s new media art festival (hosted by the platform sound:frame), aims to show the potential of artistic approaches in interaction with science, technology and sociopolitical issues. At the core of the festival is the desire to build a strong network, to be a well-functioning platform for a growing international community, and to create joyful, low-threshold access for visitors of all backgrounds.

Creative Days Vienna 2021

Part of ViennaUP’21

Creative Days Vienna: 5 and 6 May, 2021

The Creative Days Vienna gather creative minds from around the world for two days of digital events on 5 and 6 May, 2021 in Vienna.

The participants at Creative Days Vienna are breaking new ground in architecture, design, film, gaming, fashion, music and visual arts. Their work focuses on questions about the impact of current technological and social developments on the creative industries and the city and the ensuing opportunities and challenges.

This year we are focusing on four main topics: Future Communities, Future Spaces, Future Experiences, Future Production.

In a variety of talks, experiences and networking sessions we offer space for knowledge transfer, cooperation and open discussion.

The Creative Days Vienna are part of Vienna Up’21.

Find more info about registration HERE

Organised by

Production and co-curation

Creative Days Vienna 2021– first announcements:

Guests, among others are: Francesca Bria (innovation economist and digital policy expert), Dead Centre (directors-duo), Dorian Concept (musician), Paul Feigelfeld (media theorist), Eva Fischer (curator), Mavie Hörbiger (actor), Hannelore Jarvis Essandoh (social worker & fashion designer), Peter Kollreider (musician & artist), Aino Laberenz (costume designer), Greg Lynn (architect), Severin Matusek (podcast host), Martina Menegon (artist), Stefanie Schmitt (dramaturg), Cornelia Sollfrank (artist & author), Xiaowei Wang (artist & engineer), Marlies Wirth (curator)

The Creative Days Vienna will be hosted by Adia Trischler.

Networking Sessions & Experiences – first insights

How is technology changing culture? From exhibition design to the performing arts, we invite leading curators, researchers, artists and cultural experts to explore how technology is shaping the future of cultural experiences and sparking new opportunities in the process.

The Culture & Technology Podcast is a virtual salon — hosted by the Vienna Business Agency together with Severin Matusek. Each conversation pairs Viennese creatives with an international expert to discuss a topic, entertain a thought and share their knowledge through conversation.