25th anniversary of Ars Electronica
in 2004 was marked with the special theme "Timeshift:
The World in 25 Years." As Symposium
two timelines were produced: one looking backward 25 years and the
other looking forward 25 years.
"t-25" timeline, designed as a physical exhibit spanning
the length of the Brucknerhaus lobby, included a chronology of Ars
Electronica as well as an extensive list of relevant global events
relating to art, technology, and society (for which an international
committee was assembled).
timeline was a web-based experiment in open and collective predictions.
Year by year, from 2005 to 2029, anyone could enter any prediction,
and anyone could vote on any prediction. The t+25 timeline was launched
in August 2004 at Siggraph
in Los Angeles and ran through the duration of the Ars Electronica
Festival. On 7 September 2004, the final day of the Fesitval, t+25
was frozen. Five-hundred predictions were posted, with almost 18,000
The predictions experiment proved better than the voting experiment
(largely due to the ability to get around the open voting protocol).
As a result, students in the Interactive
Media Division, USC Film School, collectively ranked the 500 predictions
to select their top 10%. These "top 50" predictions represent
a biased but provocative snapshot about the international "Ars"
community hopes, fears, and dreams.