November welcomed us with a free improvised chamber music performance and said goodbye with the Alchemists of the Future. Looking back, we discovered a lot: the three world-class observing sites operated by ESO in the Atacama Desert in Chile, exploring our nature, life on planet Earth and the microcosm in this world, and we threw into the visions and ideas for the future with the Alchemists of the Future exhibition.
PUNTIGAM-KELLER-WILBERTZ „Und Ja, And Yes, “
After years of most intensive intercultural artistic activities and cooperations, especially in Southeastern Africa and East Asia, but also in New York, Austrian trombonist Werner Puntigam surprises in times of corona-related travel and performance restrictions with the production of the CD “Und Ja, And Yes,” in finest Central European instrumentation.
As a multidisciplinary artist, Werner Puntigam is not only responsible for the cover artwork of the album, but also contributed the visuals for the 16x9m wall and floor projections.
In the Olympus of modern astronomy
In Chile, ESO operates three world-class observing sites in the Atacama Desert. Several medium-sized optical telescopes are located at La Silla, ESO’s first observatory. Further north, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on the 2600-meter Cerro Paranal. The facility consists of four 8.2-meter telescopes, four auxiliary telescopes, the VST and VISTA telescopes, and is rightly called the Olympus of modern astronomy. The third site is the 5000 meter high Llano de Chajnantor. The lecture presented ESO, its observatories and projects in numerous fascinating images.
Austria Day – EXPO 2020 Dubai
On November 19th, the Austria Pavilion celebrated its Nation’s Day. With interdisciplinary cultural events, politicians and a large business delegation, the Austria Pavilion celebrated its Nation’s Day at the Expo. The recently awarded Built Design Award 2021 was also celebrated!
Inside Futurelab: Bio Ink
Bio Ink, the latest experiment from the collaborative research project Future Ink, combines Wacom’s digital pen and tablet technology with biotechnology from the Ars Electronica Futurelab to investigate nature, life on our planet and the microcosm in this world. Research into the possibilities of artistic collaboration with microscopic organisms and living ink is currently being further developed at the Lab.
Alchemists of the Future
In his second lecture in the Artistic Journalism series, Hideaki Ogawa gave visitors and viewers an insight into the artistic research being conducted by the Ars Electronica Futurelab with the exhibition “Alchemists of the Future. The exhibition invites visitors to take a tour of their visions and ideas for the future that are distributed throughout the Ars Electronica Center.
And last but not least, December of the year 2021 with a virtual look at the Advent season.