Earlier this month, ARS Electronica – the renowned annual electronic arts festival in Linz, Austria – played host to an event by Mercedes-Benz EQ, the manufacturer's product and technology brand for electric mobility.

Set in the somewhat contrasting surroundings of a Baroque 9th Century monastery deep in the Austrian countryside, the event showcased a future-facing vision of mobility, technology and creative talent.

This included specially commissioned artworks from digital artist and creative coder Thomas Webb, who presented a futuristic vision of advertising and connectivity through holograms and two of his signature 'infinity mirror' pieces (bespoke LED panels that give the illusion of infinite depth), plus a number of interactive installations that brought to life the visionary conceptual thinking and technology that characterise the Mercedes-Benz EQ brand.

Guests had the opportunity to experience the Mercedes-Benz EQC – the brand's first fully electric car – and gain an insight into its super progressive features and benefits through VR headsets. Globe-trotting German rapper Kelvyn Colt also passed through to perform a few tracks and set things off in style.

With some of Europe's brightest minds all under one roof courtesy of Mercedes-Benz EQ, we quizzed a handful of them on how they see the future unfolding, to get an inside look at how the people shaping culture now, view the future of technology, mobility, connectivity and more.

To learn more about Mercedes-Benz EQ click here.

[Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC / Combined power consumption: 20.8–19.7 kWh/100 km / CO₂ Emissions combined: 0 g/km / mb4.me/nefz-electric]