BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival 2019 Program

The BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival 2019 will take place on September 23 and 24, 2019, in Vienna, Austria. We’ll be watching amazing short films, checking out a Brain-Computer-Interface demo and having exciting discussions on both days at Stadtkino. In addition, we’re having a Leonardo LASER Talk on the evening of the 23rd at the Medical University of Vienna.

The theme of this edition is: FUTUREBODY. Neurotechnologies will be our focal points of convergences between: neural networks, the body, mind, intelligence, society, machines, brain-computer-interface, techno-evolution, mind/brain upload and much more…

We’ve set up a rich program around those topics with screenings of amazing short films, an awards ceremony for the short film competition, cross-disciplinary discussions and brain-computer interface demos.

To make sure you have a seat, please send us an email to and let us know when you’d like to join us!

Have a browse through the program below or download a pdf version here.




Stadtkino Vienna

12:00 – 13:00 Arrival, registration and lunch opportunities

13:00 – 13:15 Welcome and introduction

13:15 – 14:15 “Supersapiens” by Markus Mooslechner

selected scenes and insights from the filmmaker

14:15 – 15:00 BIO·FICTION Short Films: Semi-finalists I

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 – 15:30 Brain-Computer Interface Demo by g.tec

15:30 – 16:30 BIO·FICTION Short Films: Semi-finalists II

16:30 – 17:00 Panel Discussion about BIO·FICTION Films I & II

Medical University Vienna
Center for Public Health


18:15 – 20:15 BIO·FICTION/LASER Talk

The Future of the Body in the Context of Neurotechnology

Emerging neurotechnologies (NT) allow for technological modifications of the body in which technology replaces or augments bodily functions by means of surgical interventions (implants, prostheses), the use of technologies which modify the body without such interventions (non-invasive neurostimulation technologies), and the coupling of humans and artefacts via brain-machinemachine interface technology. These current and future NT applications open up philosophical questions about embodiment and agency as core concepts regarding mechanised corporeality, but also about the overall social and cultural significance of NTs and of broader visions of the future of the human body. We also want to learn from actual end users of NT how they perceive their environment. Finally, we shed light on how artists and designers reflect on and speculate about the possibilities and implications of NT.


Broadband prosthetic interfaces: Combining cognitive nerve transfers and implantable multichannel EMG technology to decode spinal motor neuron activity
Oskar C. Aszmann is Professor at the Medical University of Vienna Medical University. He heads the Group of Bionic reconstruction and develops surgical techniques of neuromuscular reconstruction alone or in combination with complex mechatronic devices.

Christoph GUGER (AT)
Current and future applications of brain-computer interfaces (10-15 min)
Christoph Guger is the CEO of g.tec medical engineering GmbH and the company builds brain-computer interface systems for research and medical applications.

Enno PARK (DE)
How my cochlea implant changed my perspective on the environment (10-15 min)
Enno Park is deaf but hearing with cochlea-implants. He is co-founder of Cyborgs e.V., an association coping with the relation between humans and technology and their merging. The previous business IT specialist is studying philosophy of technology and taking part in public debate with several publications and lectures.

Oliver MÜLLER (DE)
Does neurotechnology change our sense of agency? (10 min)
Oliver Müller is professor of philosophy at the University of Freiburg, with a research focus on philosophy of technology

Emanuel GOLLOB (AT)
Doing Nothing with AI (10 min)
Emanuel Gollob is running his own design studio since 2017 and is currently working on the EEG-data-based robotic installation “Doing Nothing with AI” with a multidisciplinary team.



Markus is the founder and CEO of Biofaction, with an expertise in bio- and converging technologies and their societal and safety ramifications. At Biofaction he leads also interactive science communication projects and initiated a number of art-science activities, including the BIO·FICTION Science Art and Film Festival.

Christopher COENEN (DE)
At ITAS Karlsruhe, Christopher focuses on the societal, ethical, philosophical, cultural and political aspects of emerging technosciences, especially at the intersection of biology and technology. He is the project leader of „FUTUREBODY: The Future of the Body in the Context of Neurotechnology“.

Klaus SPIESS (AT) heads the Arts&Science program at the Medical University Vienna, Center of Public Health as an Assoc Professor.



Stadtkino Vienna

09:00 – 09:30 Arrival, registration and breakfast opportunities

09:30 – 10:30 BIO·FICTION Short Films: Semi-finalists III

10:30 – 11:00 Panel Discussion about BIO·FICTION Films III

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:15 BIO·FICTION Short Films: Finalists and Winners

12:15 – 12:45 Panel Discussion about the BIO·FICTION Finalists

and Winners

12:45 – 13:00 Wrap-up and outlook BIO·FICTION on tour