When the search for a new Festival venue in 2015 was on, Gerfried Stocker, artistic director of Ars Electronica, asked Martin Honzik, festival director of Ars Electronica, to take a look at a possible location near the Main Station of Linz, the currrently abandonded former logistics center of the Austrian Postal Service. Honzik passed by there every morning on his way to work, often stopping at a red light and looking at an industrial building he could not identify. After been given a tour of the premises, Martin Honzik immediately called Gerfried Stocker, who was in Japan at the time and told him: “Imagine the entire world, but under one roof. This place is enormous, a city in the city.” And so the POSTCITY came to life as the Ars Electronica Festival venue for the next five years. It turned out to be not just another venue, but a quantum leap for the festival, which had already begun a transformation in the previous year, 2014. Fully established at the POSTCITY, the festival would no longer be an event completely curated by Ars Electronica, with many projects produced by the Festival and by Futurelab, but would morph into a platform for invited projects and cooperations with many partners from all over the world.
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In our Throwback series, we take a look back at past events, exhibitions, installations and other exciting happenings from the Ars Electronica universe since 1979.