ESERO Austria and the VEGA Observatory Haus der Natur in Salzburg offer the extraordinary opportunity to talk live with an astronaut on the International Space Station ISS right at the beginning of June. For this conversation, teachers and their students from France and Estonia have prepared questions that revolve around the topic of sustainability in space travel and that will be discussed with the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet during this so-called in-flight call.
On the topic of sustainability in space travel, we’ve put together an entire YouTube playlist.
It goes straight on with the extraordinary events – this time with a concert by Elektro Guzzi at Deep Space. For more than ten years they have been playing their unique brand of hypnotic dance music at festivals and clubs around the world. On the occasion of their new album TRIP, whose release was scheduled for fall 2020 and had to be postponed due to COVID-19, the band now finds its way to Deep Space for a very special concert. Visuals by Eyup Kuş.
Working in and on the Future
The Upper Austrian Chamber of Labor and Ars Electronica are therefore devoting a new exhibition to the question of what “Work in and on the future” might look like. The show focuses on explosive thematic clusters such as “Work and Digital Transformation,” “Cooperative Work: of People and Machines,” the “Tools of the Future,” and “Humanizing Technology,” and includes numerous artworks and research projects. The exhibition’s narrative threads lead right through the building, past interactive installations and the Ars Electronica Center’s labs. The focus is never on the capabilities of new technologies, but rather on their potential for our societal advancement.
Far away from its own museum, namely at the headquarters of the ESRIN in Frascati, the new exhibition “Memorabilia” is opened, where the range of activities of the ESA (European Space Agency) can be marveled at. Ars Electronica Solutions has contributed several essential parts of the exhibition, including a holographic display of ESA satellites with their wonderful visual results and an interactive showcase where a part of a satellite can be explored individually.
A very special insight into THE landmark of Vienna – St. Stephen’s Cathedral – is provided by the multi-part series “Deep Space LIVE: St. Stephen’s Cathedral 3D – History and Stories”. It goes by 3D flight through the building, the history of the building and many stories around it.
And the Prizes go to…
The Golden Nicas of the Prix Ars Electronica 2021 go in the category “Digital Musics & Sound Art” to Alexander Schubert from Germany, in the category “Computer Animation” to Guangli Liu from China and in the category “Artificial Intelligence & Life Art” to the international artist* collective “Forensic Architecture”. In the category “u19 – create your world” the Viennese students Felix Senk, Emil Steixner and Max-Jakob Beer (all AT) can look forward to the “Golden Nica”. The first “Isao Tomita Special Prize” goes to Khyam Allami from Great Britain and the “Counterpoint” collective, and the “Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity” goes to Climate Action Tech (EU/Global).
At the STARTS Prize, this year’s GRAND PRIZE FOR ARTISTIC EXPLORATION goes to the architects of “Territorial Agency” for their outstanding project “Oceans in Transformation“. The GRAND PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION is awarded to Barcelona-based designers Anastasia Pistofidou, Marion Real and “The Remixers at Fab Lab Barcelona”, IaaC (INT) for their groundbreaking project “Remix el Barrio, Food Waste Biomaterial Makers“.
Meanwhile, the Ars Electronica Futurelab continues its 25th anniversary series with Episode 3: Creative (Artificial) Intelligence. Asking the question “Can artificial intelligence be creative?”, artist and key researcher Ali Nikrang explores the latest research on artificial intelligence and creativity in Creative (Artificial) Intelligence. In this third episode from the Anniversary series, he comments on a controversial hype and explores the methods of creative collaboration between humans and machines. He explores the creative potential of algorithms and reveals surprising possibilities for constructive collaboration with the user.
MAMMA FATALE is a feeling, an experience. The collective lives full of energy and devotion for the moment. They celebrate groovy and danceable music, sparkling glowing, glittering winged. The seven-piece band creates its own creations in the genre of avant-garde pop/jazz and draws on the diversity that comes with a band of this size.
The audience thanks you very much!
Ars Electronica Solutions was very busy in June, as it also had a hand in the new NAWAREUM hands-on museum. Two game tables were developed that make energy supply through renewable energies and renewable raw materials an interactive, strategic and playful experience.
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What happens next, you can find out in our 2021 Year in Review playlist!