Art, technology, fashion, textile industry and design intertwine at the festival Ars Electronica Porto Garden by FNDMT, a true meeting of makers, aimed at the creative and technological community of the city of Porto. The event is inspired by the annual festival in Linz (Austria) and will run from this Wednesday, September 9th to 13th, with several round tables and debates, which will be streamed online.
It is by the initiative of Lisa Lang, a German who settled in the city of Porto a couple of years ago, that Ars Electronica Porto Garden by FNDMT arrives in our country, inspired by the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, a festival that since 1979 celebrates artists, scientists, programmers, designers, entrepreneurs and activists.
The idea of holding it in Portuguese lands, more specifically in the Invicta city, arose from the preponderance of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the North, more daring, conducive to innovation and risk, so dear to the DNA of this festival, that celebrates the collaborative spirit and partnerships between industry and creativity, between reflection and action.
The programme for the regional edition of Porto, developed through the company OFundamentO (FNDMT), sister company of ThePowerHouse, founded by Lisa Lang, contemplates six key moments, which will be released in the virtual space over the next few days.
The themes included in the lineup of the first Ars Electronica Porto Garden by FNDMT will invite participants to discuss "How to find opportunities amid chaos", to reflect "The social impact and ethics in artificial intelligence" or even to identify which materials are most conducive to space travel, challenging roundtable participants to come up with flexible and innovative solutions.
The last panel, “Porto: Welcome to the city of makers, your place for creative companies”, which will be streamed next Sunday, September 13th, from the event's website and social media, featuring the councillor for the Economy, Tourism and Trade of Porto City Hall, Ricardo Valente, the president of Porto Tech Hub, Luís Neves, the mentor of the project A Marquinista, Patrícia Soares da Costa, in addition to the makers Mário Silva, from Lehmann + Silva gallery, Irena Übler, expert in industrial design and sustainability, and Tauan Bernardo, from VivaLab. Lisa Lang who will be the moderator is considered by Forbes one of the 50 most influential women in European technology.
Ars Electronica Porto Garden by FNDMT, which idea was fostered during the pandemic period by two more entrepreneurial women who are members of ThePowerHouse team, Lívia Pinent and Joana Lacerda, has the support of the Municipality of Porto.