LINZ FMR 2023, a biennial digital and public arts festival

LINZ FMR, a biennial festival of art in digital contexts and public space, will be held for the third time in June 2023. After the first edition in March 2019 on the Danube and the second in June 2021 around the Mühlkreisbahnhof railway station, this time FMR 23 will transform the southern port area into a public art space for many international and local artists. FMR 23 brings a major exhibition to Linz centered around sites such as the Linz-Ost allotment garden association, the hello yellow Velodrom by Schachermayer, the climate oasis of Linz-Lustenau, the Linzer Stadtalm, the recreation and sports facility LINZ AG, Motoryachthafen and the vacancy of the former Woolworth Center and discount store STANDARD in Industriezeile. The exhibition will present the works of many artists in the field of media art, digital art and internet art.

The program also includes lectures and discussions on topics such as #ephemeral circuits, #wild calculations, #digital detoxification or #chromatic fermentation. The opening night on Tuesday, June 6 and the concert night on Friday, June 9 will feature live performances from Stefano D’Alessio (IT), Crystn Hunt Akron (AT), Floating Spectrum (TW), SØS Gunver Ryberg (DK), Francesco Luzzana & Sofia Casprini (IT), Antenes (USA), Sturmherta (AT), Mermaid & Seafruit (PL/AT) and Antonia XM (AT). In addition, the festival area will feature daily performances by participating artists and guided tours with art mediators and curators. The association “LINZ FMR – Art in digital contexts and public spaces” is responsible for the festival. It was founded by the two arts and cultural initiatives qujOchÖ and, the Atelierhaus Salzamt of the city of Linz, the University of Arts Linz and the Sturm und Drang Galerie. Their representatives have been involved in the concept, organization and curation of the festival since its first edition in March 2019.

FMR 23 is supported by the City of Linz as UNESCO City of Media Art, the State of Upper Austria and the Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, as well as numerous organizations and companies, including our main sponsors LINZ AG and Gutenberg-Werbering, our co-sponsors Datapress, Christian Schepe Fineartprinting, Plasser & Theurer, Schachermayer, ARCOTEL Nike Linz, Austria Classic Hotel Wolfinger, Das Landhof, arte Hotel Linz, TIER, city bike Linz, MOTORMOBIL Autohaus Dornach, Freistädter Bier, Breadaddict and our other partners and supporters Linz Tourismus , Innovationshauptplatz Linz, Younion Oberösterreich, Kleingartenverein Linz-Ost, hello yellow Velodrom by Schachermayer, Klimaoase Linz-Lustenau, Linzer Stadtalm, Radio FRO, DORF TV and DIE REFERENTIN.

Concept and topics

LINZ FMR is a biennial festival and format of artistic processes and positions that reflects the ephemeral nature of our digital and connected present. The ever-increasing digitization of everyday life means intense overlapping and layering of familiar physical but also perfectly intertwined digital spaces. LINZ FMR focuses on the shifts, distortions and splits that occur in this process and presents current artistic positions in this context. The festival, whose title refers to ephemerality and transience, presents works whose original ideas can be found in virtual and/or digital space or strongly refer to it, but the city of Linz is shown (sometimes in a transformed way) in the physical environment. The focus is primarily on the gaps that arise during these transformations into public space – outside museums, galleries or artistic spaces. FMR 23 is devoted to four special topics that will be addressed at the exhibition and accompanying lectures and talks:

  • Chromatic fermentation of deep-fried JPEGs, freshly rendered AVs, semi-glossy 3D glosses, and anti-aliased vector gardens. When the spinning tribal form moves through space, does it make a sound? The focus here is on surfaces and appearance, as well as the sensual impact of digital technology, the current internet aesthetic and its slow-brewing distillates.
  • Wild computing: From control architecture to network freedom, computing permeates everything. The ubiquity of computing connects environments and landscapes with cables and sensors – but wild algorithms are always on the verge of breaking free. What happens when AI is free to move? How will GPUs adapt to climate change?
  • Digital Detoxification: Since the impact of digital technologies on our lives is very obvious, their toxicity is also well known. The production and disposal cycles of technology not only affect the environment, digital technology also enables the large-scale extraction of valuable materials both from the soil and from our own bodies – from minerals to personal data. But it also allows us to achieve well-being by being connected to peers or knowledge online. You have to find a balance. How can we imagine less destructive or even regenerative ways of dealing with digital?
  • Ephemeral Circuits: Ephemerality is constant movement and change in varying degrees of materiality, from physical space to its ethereal expansion through networks. It’s about practices that explore circuits between online and offline states, circulating in information-enhanced landscapes.


The third edition of the festival takes place in the southern harbor district of Linz. Between the former Quelle department store in the north-west, the Danube in the east, the tank depot in the south and the LINZ AG combined heat and power plant in the south-east, there is an area of ​​more than 100 hectares, which is characterized by the fascinating interplay between industry and nature. Many companies such as Plasser & Theurer and Schachermayer are located here. At the same time, this area is intersected by nature, recreation, relaxation and hospitality zones, including hello yellow velodrome, Linz-Lustenau climatic oasis, Linzer Stadtalm, Landhof, LINZ AG recreation and sports facility, motor yacht port and Linz-Ost allotment garden estate, which serve as festival venues at FMR 23.