High-tech meets nervous system

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A new installation by the Ars Electronica Futurelab decodes the complex world of microelectronics.

In collaboration with the Ars Electronica Futurelab, the “AT&S Erlebniswelt” (AT&S World of Experience) has been created in Leoben-Hinterberg in the Austrian province of Styria – a production and office building with a visitor center for the Austrian technology group AT&S.

In line with AT&S’s core business of making connections using microelectronic components, the Ars Electronica Futurelab has created the Nervous System installation: A metal structure reminiscent of circuit board layouts with LED strips that winds its way through the building, continues analogously on the outer façade and forms a tree-like sculpture at the entrance.

Inside, light signals on the Nervous System represent the traffic in the building, recorded by Futurelab’s tracking system pharus. Screens along the structure serve as a decoding level: visitors can find out about the company’s history and employees here.

In a kind of “mini-cinema”, visitors are also given special insights into AT&S’s core products in stereoscopic 3D. The company is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-end printed circuit boards and IC substrates. These are needed wherever data is processed, transmitted and stored and complex machines and systems are controlled.

The AT&S Erlebniswelt was officially opened on December 14, with Ars Electronica CEO Gerfried Stocker and the Ars Electronica Futurelab team on hand to accompany the first visitors as they immersed themselves in the world of microelectronics.

For further information on the project visit the Futurelab website.