Day 3: In the middle of the Ars Electronica Festival hustle and bustle

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The third day of the festival was a busy one: While the Emergency Error Battle took place underneath the old spiral chutes, the Expanded Animation conference was all about Interfaces in Motion. This year’s winners of the Prix Ars Electronica had their say at the Prix Forums, while Sonic Saturday at Anton Bruckner Private University focused on electroacoustic music. The conference hall of POSTCITY Linz was also well filled: At the ZusammenHelfen conference, refugees, helpers and volunteers met to exchange ideas. That and much more can be seen in the best impressions of the third day at the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival!

ObOrO / Ryo Kishi (JP) (Credit: tom mesic)

Media art wherever you look – ObOrO by Ryo Kishi enthused both young and old festival visitors in the entrance area of POSTCITY Linz. The work is part of the theme exhibition Error, Fake & Failure

+b (ORBIT) / Michael Saup (DE), Andrea Winter (DE), Andreas Erhart (DE)

…which concentrates on the error from a scientific-technological point of view. b+ (ORBIT) for example shows all nuclear explosions since 1945 in a visualization on sugar cubes.

POETIC AI _ ERROR / OUCHHH (TR) (Credit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner)

The Ars Electronica Center’s Deep Space 8K also had a colorful program waiting for festival visitors today, such as POETIC AI _ ERROR.

Se-Lien Chuang and Andreas Weixler (Credit: Gregor Tatschl)

Meanwhile, Sonic Saturday took place at the Anton Bruckner Private University – a day devoted to electronic music. During the day there were tours, demonstrations of the 20.4 loudspeaker system and a big symposium…

Emergency Error Battle / Oö. Landes-Feuerwehrverband (AT), Rosenbauer International AG (AT), Ars Electronica (AT), g.tec medical engineering GmbH (AT) (Credit:

Back at POSTCITY Linz, the slide hall was transformed into the setting for the big Emergency Error Battle: Fire brigades from all over Upper Austria competed against each other to master traditional and modern challenges. The course led through the whole area….

Emergency Error Battle / Oö. Landes-Feuerwehrverband (AT), Rosenbauer International AG (AT), Ars Electronica (AT), g.tec medical engineering GmbH (AT) (Credit:

…and required not only conventional fire brigade methods, but also the use of brain computer interfaces and virtual reality.

Expert Tour: ERROR – The Mutation of Botanical Intelligence (Credit:

High up, on the roof of the POSTCITY, the Expert Tour went: ERROR – The mutation of botanical intelligence with Dr. Friedrich Schwarz, Head of the Botanical Garden Linz.

ZusammenHelfen Konferenz (Daniela Waser / Distributive Design, Graphic Recording, Illustration)

At the ZusammenHelfen conference at POSTCITY Linz, refugees, helpers and volunteers met for a”Day of Encouragement”. Entrepreneur and multi-talent Ali Mahlodji gave a speech…

Nähküche / ZusammenKommenLab (Credit:

…while right next door at the ZusammenKommen Lab, visitors and conference participants cooked, sewed and ate together.

Farmers’ Market / BIO AUSTRIA, Oberösterreich (AT) (Credit: tom mesic)

Speaking of food: Delicacies from the region were provided by the BIO AUSTRIA farmer’s market in the middle of the festival on Saturday.

BR41N.IO Hackathon / g.tec medical engineering GmbH (AT) (Credit:

At the BR41N.IO Hackathon, the starting signal was given on Saturday at exactly 1 PM – from then on, it was hacking time! The teams composed of hackers, designers, scientists and creatives had exactly 24 hours to hack into brain-computer-interfaces and create innovative projects.

Prix Forum (Interactive Art+) (Credit: tom mesic)

At the Prix Forums in the afternoon, the winners of this year’s Prix Ars Electronica were invited to talk about their work.

Leonardo Birthday Party (Credit: tom mesic)

Right after the Prix Forum Visionary Pioneers of Media Art with Roger Malina, the 50th anniversary of the Leonardo/ISAST network took place.

EI Wada (JP) & Nicos Orchest Lab (JP) at OK Night (Credit:

Ei Wada was also in a party mood – he performed ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS! with Nicos Orchest-Lab, using old electronic devices, transformed into instruments.

OK Nightline (Credit.

Afterwards the evening program continued when the legendary OK Night took place – as every year – in the OÖ Kulturquartier.

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