Inside Festival 08

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Veronika Liebl (Managing Director, Ars Electronica) and Kristina Maurer (Head of European Projects, Ars Electronica) dedicate the eighth episode of “Inside Festival” to the topic of “New Realities“. They present two projects from our Festival Gardens and an artistic project and give us a sneak peek into Ars Electronica’s Create your World program.

Welcome to the Fair Tech and Virtual Fun: the Utrecht Garden by IMPAKT. In their workshops and online “Bal Masqué” party they use Zoom as a playground for virtual VJ-ing and digital dress parties with masks and filters. “Bal Masqué” is a collaboration between IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture], EMAP — European Media Art Platform1 and Ars Electronica.

The University of Nova Gorica School of Arts explores in its academic programmes: Animation, Film, Photography, New Media, Contemporary Arts, Scenographic spaces and Art-Science-Technology. It was established on the Slovenian-Italian border, and now is a meeting point for local and international students residing and studying on both sides of sister-towns Nova Gorica-Gorizia.

Our Garden Lugano presents the Turin-based media art collective SPIME.IM, that set out the corner points of where they are travelling: from 2050-style breathless machine funk and crumbling glitches, over hyper-charged synthesizers and fluorescent hardcore, to vast and forceful ambient: SPIME.IM’s leaping sound is crystal clear, balancinig human-scale harmonies with digital artefacts. ZERO is both SPIME.IM’s starting point, and an extrapolation of their razor-sharp debut EXALAND.

Julia Scheiwein, Zara Dineva, Anna Zoglauer, and Caroline Bär are all classmates in the eighth grade specializing in multimedia at Höhere Graphische Bundes-Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna. Their short animation film “The Click”, got an Young Professionals Honorary Mention in the U-19 Create your World program of the Prix Ars Electronica 2021. The film deals with an unusual mother-daughter relationship in the future.

During the UK lockdown of January 2021, the students of MA Interaction Design at UAL’s London College of Communication were isolated in their homes, most of them having only arrived in the country two months previously. At this time, the students started a short practice brief we called ‘Desktop Cinema’: a hybrid form of digital performance and filmmaking that uses the computer desktop as its stage, using on-screen text files, images, webcams, laptop microphones, and found footage from YouTube as common components of storytelling.

1 This project is presented in the framework of EMAP/EMARE, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union