LINZ FMR – Art in Digital Contexts and Public Spaces is a biennial festival and format for artistic processes and positions, that reflects the ephemeral nature of our digital and connected present. The ever-advancing digitalization of everyday life implies an intense overlapping and layering of familiar physical, but also finely interwoven digital spaces. LINZ FMR focuses on the shifts, distortions and rifts that arise in this process and presents current artistic positions in this context.
The festival, whose title alludes to ephemerality and short-livedness, presents works whose initial ideas can be found in virtual and/or digital space or have a strong reference to it, but are shown (sometimes in a transformed way) in the physical surroundings of the city of Linz. The focus is primarily on the interstices that arise during these transformations into public space – outside of museums, galleries or art spaces. At the same time, LINZ FMR attempts to subject the concept of sculpture to a contemporary update and to reflect on questions of transience, ephemerality and obviousness.
Responsible for the festival is the organization “LINZ FMR – Art in digital contexts and public spaces”. It was constituted by the independent art and cultural initiatives qujOchÖ and servus.at, Atelierhaus Salzamt of the City of Linz, University of Art and Design Linz and STURM UND DRANG GALERIE. Their representatives are involved in the conception, organization and curating of the festival.
The first edition of LINZ FMR took place from March 27 to March 30, 2019, along the Danube river in Linz, the second edition from June 1 to June 6, 2021, in the surroundings of Mühlkreisbahnhof in Linz-Urfahr. The third edition will be presented from June 6 to 11, 2023, in the southern harbor area of Linz.