Since 2011, our Ars Electronica Blog has also been dedicated to the triangle of art, technology and society. In addition to detailed background information and image-rich features on our activities, the blog also features supplementary interviews with participating artists and experts.
The Year in Review 2016
Any presentation covering all of Ars Electronica’s many facets takes a bit of time. And a retrospective look at all the activities staged here in 2016 isn’t much easier. But we’re going to take our best shot! You’re cordially invited to join us as we look back on an eventful year.
The Future of Self-Service in the Data Kitchen
By designing a futuristic foodwall the Ars Electronica Futurelab adds up to SAP's aspiration in providing a futuristic gastro-concept with its freshly opened "Data Kitchen" restaurant.
Berlin's New Meeting Place For Start-ups: SAP Data Space
For 15 years SAP has collaborations with the Linz-based Ars Electronica Futurelab. The newest project had its disclosure on the 12th of December at Berlin Mitte: the „Data Space“ at Rosenthalerstraße 38.
THE ARTS+: Media Art at the Frankfurt Book Fair
What does media art have to do with books, you might ask? The Frankfurt Book Fair just launched its first endeavor to directly connect with the creative economy—THE ARTS+, a new platform for books, art and technology.
Immersion in Other Worlds
In early October, the European Space Agency (ESA) invited elementary school teachers from all of its member nations to attend a conference in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Support from the ESA enabled ESERO Austria to send two teachers from this country to the conclave.
Fuji Xerox Inspirational Workshop for Japan’s Corporate Executives at AEC
The exhibition space at Ars Electronica Center is full of challenging art. It recently served as a place, some of Japan’s most renowned companies gathered ideas from.
The Linz Synagogue in 3-D
The Linz Synagogue that was destroyed in 1938 has been reconstructed—at least, virtually—and it’s now possible to tour it in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center. In this interview, Danielle Spera, director of the Jewish Museum of Vienna, talked to us about the general significance of a synagogue as well as her personal connection to the Jewish house of worship in Linz.
Social Communication Technologies towards 2020
For the Japanese enterprise NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) all signs are pointing towards 2020. The giant in telecommunication and Ars Electronica Futurelab as a forray collaboratively developed two pilot projects which were up to guide the visitors of the Ars Electronica Festival 2016 in a stunning fashion.
The Virtual Reconstruction of the Linz Synagogue
On Kristallnacht in November 1938, a mob acting on orders of the Nazi regime broke into the Linz Synagogue—like so many other Jewish houses of worship that night—ransacked it and set it ablaze. All that remained of the synagogue was a burnt-out ruin.
Hybrids - The Power Resides in the Spaces Between
The “Hybrids” exhibition co-produced by Ars Electronica is running until January 15, 2017 at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. It focuses attention on new forms of artistic expression that interconnect disparate genres and thereby cut across the boundary between art and technology.
Hercules in a Lime Kiln
The largest lime kiln complex ever discovered in the Roman Empire’s Rhine-Danube provinces was found in 2008 in what was once the Roman town of Lauriacum and is now the city of Enns. Work began this year on excavating the best-preserved kiln in preparation for an exhibition at the 2018 Upper Austria State Fair.
The Journey to Mars
Even if signals aren’t being received from the Schiaparelli Test Lander on that evening, we nevertheless had an absolutely fascinating time at the ESA Mission Control Centre in Darmstadt, where we followed the decisive moments of the Mars landing in the company of scientists and artist Aoife Van Linden Tol. Here, we present a few impressions of the journey.
ExoMars: Are We Really the Only Ones?
Are we alone in the universe? This is certainly a high-priority question on science’s agenda. Now, with a landing on Mars, humankind is taking another giant step towards answering it. Thomas Walloschek is an engineer with the European Space Agency (ESA). Following a recent nightshift in the ExoMars mission control room, he took some time out to give us a briefing about this project.
Engineering the Future – A Weekend in London
This year’s Digital Design Weekend took place on Saturday & Sunday, September 24-25 in London. Participants included the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Ars Electronica Linz, which jointly presented six recent projects by media artists from Austria.
That was the 2016 u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD Festival
The watchwords: exploration, involvement and inventiveness. This year’s 6th u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD Festival invited young people to Linz September 8-12 to get acquainted with 21st-century tools and to jointly give some consideration to the world of tomorrow—to what will soon be their world! Here’s a retrospective look at a few of the highlights.
LabOratorium – An Alchemical WorldLab
For “LabOratorium – An Alchemical WorldLab,” the Ars Electronica Solutions came up with an experimental exhibition concept that dovetails nicely with this year’s festival theme. This setup showcased the artists’ works and also gave the participating institutions an opportunity to show what they’re all about. We will show you some impressions of the exhibition at the POSTCITY.
Visitors from Outer Space
An out-of-this-world experience awaits space travel enthusiasts of all ages on October 5th. A Community Day staged in conjunction with the 29th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers offers opportunities to meet folks like Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon.
Day 5: One last day of festival fever
Even the most amazing festival has to come to a close at some point - the fifth and last day of Ars Electronica 2016 has visitors looking back on an incredible weekend. With the Music Monday Program, the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival comes to a musical end.
Day 4: Recap of Another Eventful Day
In only a few more hours, the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival goes down in history. In the meantime, let’s take a retrospective look at the highlights of Day 4—the Mini Maker Faire Linz, another interesting lineup of speeches and workshops, and, to wrap things up, the musical crescendo of the entire festival, the Big Concert Night.
This was the Ars Electronica Festival 2016
“RADICAL ATOMS and the alchemists of our time” was the theme of the Ars Electronica Festival staged September 8-12, 2016 at multiple locations in Linz. The prime venue was, once again, POSTCITY, the former Austrian Postal Service logistics facility adjacent to the train station. It provided 80,000 m2 of exhibition space for conferences and speeches, exhibitions and projects, concerts and performances, animated films and awards ceremonies, guided tours and workshops. Here are some motifs conveying impressions of this year’s festival.
Day 3: From Farmer's Market to Drones Show
The third day of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival continued with conferences and talks by international artists and scientists - but it also offered the opportunity to meet the winners of the Prix Ars Electronica personally. The POSTCITY welcomed the guests on that day with an organic farmers market. In the evening, Intel and Ars Electronica presented the European premiere of DRONE 100.
Scalar Fields – Each step has an Importance
“Scalar Fields” visualizes the pressure field around the soles of shoes. By using the fluid simulation software developed by the artist, the propagation of pressure in air is visualized in 8K video. During the Ars Electronica Festival 2016, the visualization can be seen as floor and wall projection at Deep Space 8K with a marvelous sound experience.
POSTCITY Linz: From Postal Service Logistics Center to Event Venue to Transit Camp
POSTCITY in Linz debuted as the Ars Electronica Festival venue in 2015, and the former Austrian Postal Service logistics facility is reprising its role as a setting for media art events this year. Between these two deployments, POSTCITY served as a transit camp for refugees. Paul Reinthaler, regional director of the Red Cross, gives an account of the challenges the past year posed.
That Was Day 2 of the Festival!
The second day of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival was dominated by the annual symposia. But the Friday of each Ars Electronica Festival is also traditionally the day of the awards ceremonies of the Prix Ars Electronica. While the kids of the category u19 - Create Your World received their prizes already at noon, the adults became their Golden Nicas in the evening at a festive gala. What else has been going on on Day 2 of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival, you can read in this blog post.
“River of Knowledge” – Klangwolke 2016
The Klangwolke [Cloud of Sound] is an autumn highlight of Linz’s annual calendar of events. Conceived as a blend of music, performance, art and spectacle with a different theme each year, it’s been a crowd-pleaser ever since its launch in 1979. The 2016 edition is entitled “River of Knowledge.” We recently had a chance to talk about the upcoming event with producer Uwe Buhrdorf and Rica Blunck and Tilo Nest of the cast and crew.
Pathfinding in the Human–Computer Medicine
During the last three decades we have witnessed the growing complexity of technology and a flood that is filling our hospitals today—functional imaging, full gene sequencing, automated laboratory medicine and much more. But the role and responsibility sharing in healthcare has remained almost unchanged despite almost complete digitization. In this Deep Space talk Professor Horst Hahn presents possible future role models and the benefits and dangers of the digital revolution.
Day 1: The festival has started!
The first day of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival started with a lot of exhibition openings - from the Alchemists at POSTCITY to the CyberArts opening at OK Center for Contemporary Art, there was lots to see. In the evening, the grand Opening set the musical tone for the coming weekend.
The Finishing Touches before the Festival
It's already dark outside, but the light is still burning in the POSTCITY. All involved artists and the team of the Ars Electronica Festival are to complete their final preparations. Here are some impressions, a few hours before the first festival day.
Express and Press to Discuss the Future, at People Thinking Lab
You get an exchange of creative ideas in advertisement agencies by the day, but not with everyday people or your fellow neighbors. The Future Catalysts (Ars Electronica Futurelab x Hakuhodo) take the fundamental idea of engaging people in a collective brainstorming further. They incorporate the Shadowgram-Project into the “People Thinking Lab” to make us ponder about how we see the future.
Festival Countdown: The Curtain Goes Up in 24 Hours
It’s less than 24 hours until the grand opening of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival. Needless to say, the preparations are going full speed ahead. Here, we take one last tour before the exhibitions, conferences and performances begin on September 8, 2016.
DRONE 100 - Spaxels Over Linz: Test Flight in the Mühlviertel
“DRONE 100 –Spaxels over Linz” is the title of a spectacular quadcopter swarm performance that Ars Electronica and Intel are staging on September 10th, 2016. Before the 100 drones make their European public debut above the Danube they’ll be subjected to a rigorous physical exam. The first two test flights already took place this week—the quadcopters lifted off from a secluded field in Mühlviertel, the rural area north of Linz, and put on quite a show (that not too many people got to see).
POSTCITY: The Countdown is On
It’s only a couple of days until the opening of Ars Electronica 2016! Before POSTCITY, the prime festival venue adjacent to Linz’s main train station, goes into service on September 8th as a setting for exhibitions, conferences and performances, we took a look around this imposing edifice.
Linzers Look beyond Their Own Backyard: Cooking Events by and with Refugees
Immediately after last year's Ars Electronica Festival, the POSTCITY venue was converted into a transit camp for refugees. Since last September, over 50,000 men, women and children have spent a night in Linz during their flight. In remembrance of them, we’re adorning the premises with the same number of flowers, which festivalgoers can buy and take home in return for a donation. The proceeds will go to a local community named Über den Tellerrand [literally: beyond the edge of ones own plate]. To find out who they are, read on!
Working Together on Behalf of Refugees: The 2nd Helpers Conference in Linz
This is a conference organized by ZusammenHelfen in Oberösterreich (Helping Together in Upper Austria) to provide support to, show appreciation for and foster networking among the many volunteers working to aid refugees. Volunteer helpers will be gathering on September 10, 2016 at the Ars Electronica Festival. Nicole Sonnleitner of ZusammenHelfen in Oberösterreich told us more.
On Absurd Landscapes and Habitable Exoplanets
The artists collective Quadrature began Part 2 of their art & science residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab a few days ago. The three artists spent the first part at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile in late May. To find out what they experienced, why they found everything there absurd and what they think about habitable exoplanets, read this interview.
WE GUIDE YOU through the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival
Exhibitions, concerts, performances, events, workshops, film screenings and awards ceremonies—there’s a lot happening at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival. But if you’re not so fluent in German or English, it can all get a bit daunting. That’s the reason for WE GUIDE YOU. Three types of guided tours provide insightful overviews in no fewer than 10 languages.
Sonic Saturday: Acoustic Virtual Worlds
September 10th is Sonic Saturday at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival. Anton Bruckner Private University will stage an extensive electronic music program including concerts and speeches, and the Computer Music Studio is hosting an open house in its recently opened Sonic Lab featuring state-of-the-art audio technology and extraordinary acoustics.
Future Innovators Summit 2016: Creating Agendas for Tomorrow
Since its inception at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2014, The Future Innovators Summit (FIS) has grown and developed into a reputable frame and a new model for creative discussions about the future. This year is the culmination of 3 year’s experience and collaborative partnerships which has led to an expanded format and a significant increase of applicants for the open call.
Die Entscheidung: A Matter of Life or Death
“Die Entscheidung” (The Decision), a computer game about life-threatening cancer, greatly impressed this year’s Prix Ars Electronica jury and garnered the Golden Nica in the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category for 17-year-old Jonas Bodingbauer. At the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival he will not only receive the award in POSTCITY during the u19 ceremony - here you will also have the chance to chat personally with him about his computer game. For the blog, he told us about his game.
Second Story: Old Objects, New Stories
Aoife van Linden Tol takes printed objects that are endowed with emotions and gives them a new start. In her performance “Second Story,” she blows up old photos, passports, love letters, etc. in controlled explosions. Here, she tells us how her first test detonation went, what we can expect in her September performance, and how we can submit stuff to get blown to smithereens!
Campus Exhibition: Media Art from China
China’s history is awesome, full of tales and traditions passed down from time immemorial. How do students at Tsinghua University deal with this monumental cultural heritage when they approach it in terms of media art? In this interview, Prof. Wang of the Academy of Arts and Design tells us about his college. We also get a sneak preview of the Campus exhibition.
Black Hole Horizon: Sounds into Soap Bubbles
Thom Kubli’s work “Black Hole Horizon” turns sounds into three-dimensional objects. Big black horns emit deep tones that form soap bubbles. The work can be seen live at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival. We recently had a chance to chat with the artist about his work.
100% Organic: The Farmers Market at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival
Saturday is go-to-market day at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival. A whole day long, festivalgoers in POSTCITY will be able to taste and purchase organic wares produced by regional farmers, all of them members of BIO AUSTRIA. We talked to Marlene Wolfsteiner of BIO AUSTRIA about the farmers market at the festival.
Politics meets Social Media: Participation in the Age of New Media
The emergence of Facebook, Twitter & Co. in recent years has opened up new options for the exchange of political views. How these digital platforms are changing the political discourse, what new forms of sociopolitical participation are resulting from them, and which challenges they confront us with will be discussed at “Participation & Political Socialization in the Age of New Media,” a conference being held in conjunction with the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival.
Around the World via Quadcopter
A spectacular Spaxels show will be the lead-in to the 2016 Klangwolke, Linz’s annual outdoor extravaganza. The DRONE 100 crew has already made a name for itself worldwide; now, the record-setting quadcopter formation of the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Intel™ Corporation is making its European debut. Here, Chris Bruckmayr and Andreas Jalsovec talk about some of the exotic airspaces they’ve flown through over the course of their Spaxels career.
DRONE 100 in Linz: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
This will be the first public appearance in Europe of the world’s largest autonomous drone swarm. Just before the Visualisierte Klangwolke in September 2016, the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s 100 Spaxels will display their aerial artistry in Linz. Here, Chris Bruckmayr and Andreas Jalsovec of the Spaxels crew talk about all the preparations and work that goes into such a performance.
CyberArts 2016: The Best of Media Art
One of the highlights of each year’s Ars Electronica Festival is always the CyberArts exhibition, a showcase of the works singled out for recognition by the Prix Ars Electronica, one of the most important awards honoring creativity and pioneering spirit in the digital media genre. Here, Genoveva Rückert, the curator of CyberArts 2016, tells us about this year’s show.
Presenting: The Alchemists of Our Time
The theme of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival is RADICAL ATOMS – and the alchemists of our time. But who are these people, actually? In the theme exhibition, you’ll find out all about the artists, scientists, activists and entrepreneurs whose unorthodox approaches and inspiring projects are bound to make an impact on our future. In so-called Artist Labs, 12 of them are each presenting several of their works. Learn what awaits you here.
P2P Foundation: Concentrated Knowledge for All
Who has access to knowledge and information online? Who controls this exchange and who can profit from it? These issues of decisive importance to our digital future are the P2P Foundation’s bread and butter. In recognition of their committed work, the non-profit organization is this year’s recipient of the Golden Nica in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Digital Communities category.
A Festival Goes Green: A Visit to Linz City Gardens
The 2016 Ars Electronica Festival doesn’t kick off until September 8th but the preparations are already running at full speed. Not only does our in-house production crew have their hands full; our associates have been busy too. The staff of Linz City Gardens, for instance, has been cultivating thousands of flowers to adorn the festival’s prime venue. In our photo story, you can watch the plants grow … before beholding them in all their glory on site at Post City.
Aoife Van Linden Tol: Explosions as Creative Forces
Violent explosions are sources of particular fascination to artist Aoife Van Linden Tol. An art&science residency is giving her the opportunity to visit the European Space Agency (ESA) and Ars Electronica Futurelab to soak up a healthy dose of inspiration for her next project. In this interview, she talks about, among other things, the fact that there’s a lot more to explosions than destructive force.
Hack the Robot!
“Hack the Robot” offers pupils in grades 7 & up the opportunity to learn to program robots that are normally used in industrial manufacturing processes. What this actually entails is using electronic modules to construct new remote controls that let users hack into the robotic system.
POSTCITY, Pre-Festival: A Tour through Our Festival Location
The former Austrian Postal Service logistics center at Linz’s main train station is scheduled for demolition. But before it’s taken down, it will serve, one more time, as an extraordinary event location—POSTCITY, the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival’s prime venue. Martin Honzik, director of the festival, recently took us on a little preview tour of the (still) vacant premises.
A Playful Design for A Future Society: The Conduit
“The Conduit” is part performance, part interactive installation that investigates social engagement and the consequences of speculative technological and political frameworks. Participants will negotiate an 8 bit simulation of the future and its effects on our everyday social interactions. The Society for Cultural Optimism has developed a framework for the creation of a future society, which ought to be established by the visitors of the Ars Electronica Deep Space 8K.
u19 - CREATE YOUR WORLD: Youngsters Join the Curatorial Staff
The Prix Ars Electronica’s u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category is an annual opportunity for young people to garner recognition for their creative projects with great future promise. And once again this year, the prizewinning works are being honored and exhibited at the Ars Electronica Festival September 8-12, 2016. The new wrinkle this year: the young participants themselves are determining what the exhibition looks like and how it works.
Lauren McCarthy Provokes "Fellow Feelings" in Her Very Own Way
Designer, artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy explores the structures and systems of social interaction, identity as well as self-presentation and the potential of technology of how it can influence the dynamics between those traits. During her Transmit³-Residency at the Queensland University of Technology, she wants to find out about the influence of Big Data on the togetherness in front of the large multimedia-display “The Cube”.
2016 STARTS Prize: Art as Catalyst
The first STARTS Prize competition was conducted by Ars Electronica on behalf of the European Commission this year. The mission: recognizing excellence at the nexus of science, technology and art. Here’s an overview of the winners as well as a few very interesting runners-up and nominees.
FLY FACTORY – Are Insects the Food of the Future?
Well, in any case, Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson thinks it’s possible. His project is a breeding ground for flies whose larvae can be harvested and processed into foodstuffs. “Fly Factory” is now on display in the “EARTH LAB – Artists as Catalysts” exhibition in Moscow.
SPARKS project trilogy on touring exhibition
The first series of SPARKS exhibitions running in four European cities showcases four artist-in-residency recipients’ highly individualistic takes on the subject of Responsible Research and Innovation and the fascinating ways they developed them further at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
HUMAN FACTOR: What Interconnects Art and Industry
Ars Electronica Export is making another guest appearance in Berlin. The “HUMAN FACTOR – endless prototyping” exhibition running until August 27, 2016 at DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum Berlin displays art and industry’s common denominator—the human being, the human factor that’s constantly trying out prototypes for existential models in humankind’s ongoing struggle to resist extinction. Here are a few impressions of the exhibition.
“We won’t soon be taking another trip so close to outer space!” Now, that sure hits the nail on the head as a succinct description of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this Residency provides. An artists’ collective—Jan Bernstein, Juliane Götz and Sebastian Neitsch—got the nod from the European Digital Art & Science Network’s jury and departed for Chile in late May 2016 to get a close-up look at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) locations there and get acquainted with scientists on site. We accompanied them on their trip.
EARTH LAB – Our Planet on the Examination Table
An exhibition produced jointly by Moscow’s Polytechnic Museum and Ars Electronica Export presents new takes on the future of our planet. “EARTH LAB – Artists as Catalysts” shows how artists from all over the world see Earth. Here, we show you a few impressions.
RADICAL ATOMS: When Visions Become Tangible
Prof. Hiroshi Ishii is the director of the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group. His team’s mission is to envision new forms of human-machine interaction and to enable us to experience and grasp the ideas of tomorrow today. His vision of RADICAL ATOMS also inspired this year’s Ars Electronica Festival theme.
HUMAN FACTOR: Endless prototyping
“HUMAN FACTOR – endless prototyping,” an exhibition running July 1-August 27, 2016 at DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum Berlin, features a series of artistic prototypes demonstrating new and innovative linkages between art and industry. In this interview, curator Martin Honzik talks about the advantages prototypes have over their counterparts in serial production, and exactly what exhibition visitors can look forward to.
EARTH LAB: The Artistic View at Earth
EARTH LAB, an exhibition produced jointly by the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow and Ars Electronica Export, presents new and unconventional ways of looking at our Blue Planet. In this interview, the two curators, Natalia Fuchs and Manuela Naveau, brief us about this remarkable lab on the underground level of Moscow’s Red October chocolate factory.
STARTS Prize to "Artificial Skins and Bones"
The Artificial Skins and Bones project seminar conducted by Prof. Mika Satomi and Prof. Wolf Jeschonnek is one of this year’s two recipients of a STARTS Prize awarded by the European Commission. Here’s a briefing on the Berlin Weißensee School of Art and work being done there.
ESERO - Space Research in Classroom Instruction
Since today the Ars Electronica Center Linz is officially the Austrian "European Space Education Resource Office", short ESERO. We have spoken with Clara Cruz Niggebrugge, ESERO Project Coordinator of the ESA Education Office.
Art and Science: What Does It Mean to be Human?
“You start to understand how little we really understand.” ESA Senior Science Advisor Mark McCaughrean talks about the interplay of art and science, and thinks aloud about whether we’ll ever succeed in getting the knowledge of the cosmos that we’ve accumulated into our modest heads.
Lightstorm—Look on as the Hustle and Bustle of the City Passes You By
The next edition of the TIME OUT exhibition series started on Wednesday, 8 June 2016. One of the works is called "Lightstorm" by Katharina Gruber, Laurin Döpfner and Gregor Woschitz.
ESA: To the Comet, and then on to Mars
Artists still have until June 20, 2016 to apply for a residency of several weeks duration at the technical center of the European Space Agency (ESA), where, in autumn of this year, they’ll be on hand to experience two spectacular missions: the landing of the Rosetta Space Probe and the ExoMars Mission. In this interview, Senior Science Advisor Mark McCaughrean gives us some insights into the ESA’S very promising activities.
Intro to Deep Space: The Course
Linz Art University’s Time-based and Interactive Media bachelor’s program offers students the opportunity to create interactive works especially for Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center. Read more about it in this interview with the program director, Prof. Gerhard Funk.
Scratching Wounds: The Sad Truth about Pharmaceutical Products
TIME OUT .06 opens on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Ars Electronica Center. The sixth installment in the TIME OUT series features outstanding works by undergrads in Linz Art University’s Time-based and Interactive Media program.
Hello spies, can you hear me?
“Can you hear me?” was a temporary network that artists Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud set up above the rooftops of the German government district in Berlin to downright force intelligence agencies to listen in on what they and thousands of other people were saying. Besides getting the agents’ attention, the artists are also the recipients of a Golden Nica in the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica’s Interactive Art + category.
mirror_0.2 – A Mirror in Which You Don’t See Yourself
What remains of a person once his identity had been digitized? Can machines convey empathy? Will we carry on conversations with digital avatars in the future? These are the questions that young media artist Gregor Woschitz addresses in “mirror_0.2,” his installation that’s part of the “TIME OUT .06” exhibition now running at the Ars Electronica Center.
Aspern, Vienna's Urban Lakeside with Model Character
The Ars Electronica Futurelab is serving as scientific associate in conjunction with an innovative five-year series of special exhibitions at the TMW. Three exhibitions are planned for this „Weiter_Gedacht_“ series that premieres on June 8th and will run from 2016 to 2021.
In Vitro Typewriter – Our Information Traces
Already the sixth edition of the exhibition series "TIME OUT" openes on June 6, 2016, at the Ars Electronica Center! This show staged in cooperation with Linz Art University showcases outstanding media art projects by undergrads in the school’s Time-based and Interactive Media program. One of the projects of TIME OUT .06 is the "In Vitro Typewriter" by Simon Krenn.
Netidee Special Prize Goes to kameleon.ws
A school project entitled kameleon.ws is the recipient of the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica’s special netidee prize. Ernst Langmantel, one of the directors of netidee, told us what he especially likes about this project and briefed us on Austria’s largest campaign to support innovation online.
2016 Ars Electronica Festival at the PostCity
Mind the date: From September 8 to 12, 2016, the PostCity, the former former postal service’s letter & parcel distribution central railway station in Linz, again will be a central point of the Ars Electronica Festival.
Rhizome: Everything Is Interconnected
We zoom into a world that’s incessantly in motion, one in which everything is connected to everything else and the figures are constantly morphing. This animated film by Boris Labbé has been singled out for recognition with a Golden Nica by the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica.
Ars Electronica Futurelab is taking part in the Music Tech Fest
Music Tech Fest is a giant creative laboratory and festival of music ideas that brings together artists and scientists, academics and industry. In Ljubljana, in September 2015, the festival awarded a prize to Ars Electronica Futurelab's Jonathan Rutherford and Music Technology PhD researcher Tracy Redhead.
RADICAL ATOMS: The Machine Becomes Material
In this interview with Gerfried Stocker, Ars Electronica’s artistic director elaborates on the theme of the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival and provides some impressive examples illustrating it. Here’s a preview of what awaits festivalgoers in September 2016 in Linz.
The 2016 Golden Nicas
We proudly present the 2016 winners of the Prix Ars Electronica. A total of 3,159 entries from 84 countries were submitted for prize consideration to the world’s most time-honored media arts competition. Here’s a quick briefing on the grand prize winners.
Space Painting in Deep Space 8K
On Saturday the workshop “Tagtool” took place in the Ars Electronica Center as part of the Deep-Space-Weekend: UNESCO City of Media Arts. With a beamer, imagination and the app "Tagtool" participants transformed animations into projections and awakened digital paintings to life. In Deep Space 8K as workshop space this application takes on a whole new dimension.
Express to impress: Square Talk wins at the IxD-Awards
At the Ars Electronica Festival in 2014, three participants in the Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy Programme presented SquareTalk. The project recently won the ‘expression’ category at the prestigious 2016 IXDA awards.
MAXON: "Creativity engenders visual trends"
MAXON, a Germany-based software developer, has been creating 3-D graphic tools since the mid-1980s. Cinema 4D is one of them. In association with Maxon, the Ars Electronica Animation Festival will showcase prizewinning works of computer animation in September 2016.
Bike Visions at Ars Electronica Center
On Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24, 2016 everything was about cycling at the Ars Electronica Center – in its various forms: From trials biking, to a honeymoon with the bike, up to a bike trip on the Cape Verde Islands. Dominik Raab ranks among the big stars of the international trials biking scene and has played a major role in the organization of this Deep-Space-Weekend. We talked to him before the event.
Lea and Jakob have robots in their blood
Nanoparticles have become an essential part in the food chain as they provide better fluid properties, color and preservation. Science classifies them at least as critical. In contrast, nanomachines, or so-called nanobots are applied in the cure of cancer. In the course of the third SPARKS-residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Jakob and Lea Illera have developed the medical gain further in the guise of nanobots. They function as messengers to block the appetite for unhealthy food and should rid the world of problems from obesity.
Fear of the “Onslaught”
Reading postings on the “refugee crisis” by friends on “social” media sites like Facebook reveals the propagation of base prejudices as well as numbing euphemisms, empathy and posturing alike. Simon Hadler, a journalist with the ORF–Austrian Broadcasting Company, talked to us about the public debates on refugees and asylum-seekers. He’ll go into this topic in depth at the next Deep Space LIVE on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 8 PM in the Ars Electronica Center Linz.
2016 Prix Ars Electronica: Days of Decision
20 international experts convened in Linz April 7-10, 2016 to single out outstanding works of media art for recognition in four categories and to bestow Golden Nicas on the four best. We accompanied the four juries over the course of this long and very productive weekend.
The Institute of Isolation: Pushing the limits as a Cure
The artist and second SPARKS-resident, Lucy McRae, is a representative of the genre Science Fiction. She came to Linz in order to shoot scenes for her film-project which is her approach to the topic of “Responsible Research and Innovation” – the research objective of the SPARKS-program. Compared to her predecessor, Anouk Wipprecht, who built a fashionable wearable, the Australian body architect Lucy McRae focuses on the possibility of adapting the human body to extraordinary situations.
CyArk: Cultural Heritage as Virtual Experience
Groups of visitors to the Ars Electronica Center can take a joint virtual tour of some of the world’s most important cultural heritage sites courtesy of the 3-D content provided by CyArk now being screened in Deep Space 8K. Elizabeth Lee, vice-president of the international non-profit organization, talked to us about the possibilities that this opens up, and went into detail about CyArk’s mission: digitizing humankind’s cultural heritage all over the world.
False Positive: How exact is digital profiling?
The idea of tycoons and governmental institutions being able to know more about us than ourselves by tracing our internet behavior, is a rather frightening one. But in reality, they know less than we think – that point has been proven by Mark Shepard, Julian Oliver and Moritz Stefaner with their project “False Positive” which took place during last year’s Ars Electronica Festival edition in the course of the by now completed EU project “Connecting Cities”.
Flame: Fiery Encounter in the Sign of Power
With last year’s topic of the EU project „Connecting Cities“, the focus was on making the invisible visible. In the course of the 2015 edition of the Ars Electronica Festival, the subject-matter "In/Visible City“ was impressively staged via a media installation called “Flame” by the artists Tamer Aslan and Onur Sönmez. With this interview, you get an afterglow of an issue that is still burning.
Why Linz was elected as UNESCO City of Media Arts
As the birthplace of Ars Electronica, Linz has been one of the world’s trailblazers at the interface of emerging technology, art and society for decades now. On December 1, 2014, UNESCO recognized these pioneering achievements by bestowing a great honor on Upper Austria’s capital: induction into the Creative Cities Network. Since then, Linz has been a proud bearer of the title UNESCO City of Media Arts, and the city has been attracting increased international attention as a result.
TIME OUT .05 – An Unreadable Text and a Design-It-Yourself Soundscape
Works by four undergrads in Linz Art University’s Time-based and Interactive Media program have been on display in the TIME OUT .05 exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center since March 16th. Two of the featured artists are Elisabeth Prast and Fabian Erblehner.
William Binney: "I would disconnect everything"
Does safeguarding our security really necessitate totally sacrificing our right to privacy and allowing government watchdogs to have access to all of our information? William Binney, former tech director at the US’s National Security Agency (NSA), sketches a possible alternative and issues a warning about the use of social media and clouds.
[inter]national coverage – How international are media reports really?
TIME OUT.05 opens Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Ars Electronica Center. One of the students whose works are being showcased in the 5th exhibition in this series is Benedikt Reiter.
Agent Unicorn - The first SPARKS Residency Wearable by Anouk Wipprecht
The well-known Fashion-Tech Designer has worked the communication aspects of her apparel into an unicorn-shaped headset. During her stay at Futurelab she teamed up with a team of Neuroscientists and experts, creating an accessory that logs the wearer's observations through EEG.
Quadrature: "We feel a bit like explorers ourselves"
And indeed, their concept was a great discovery for the jurors too. Under the aegis of the European Digital Art & Science Network, an artists’ collective named Quadrature will spend several weeks at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile and then at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, and present the results of their work at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival.
„Ceramic pour printing“ – a new method for 3D printing
The fifth edition of the TIME OUT exhibition opens at the Ars Electronica Center on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6:30 PM. This show staged in cooperation with Linz Art University showcases outstanding media art projects by undergrads in the school’s Time-based and Interactive Media program. One of the four students participating in TIME OUT .05 is Thomas Schwarz.
The Essential Challenge of Interactive Art
What does interactive actually mean? We touch something and then experience the upshot of that act? Or does interactivity already come about when we view an image? Victoria Vesna, a 2016 Prix Ars Electronica juror, talked to us about defining interactive art, and elaborated on something she learned about it from media artist Roy Ascott.
Networking, do it the right way
By the time we set up our own Facebook account—by then, at the very latest—many of us are very much aware of the advantages and disadvantages inherent in our digital coexistence. Marleen Stikker founded her first Digital City all the way back in 1994. Now she’s one of the five Prix Ars Electronica jurors who are evaluating this year’s entries in the Digital Communities category.
"Animation is like cooking"
You need to know how to balance the flavours. Mari-Liis Rebane, a juror in the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica’s Computer Animation / Film / VFX category, recently talked to us about the ingredients that go into an animated film that makes for tasty viewing.
"Nurture contrarians rather than mainstream thinking"
March 13, 2016 is the deadline for entries to Ars Electronica’s search conducted under the auspices of the European Commission for innovative projects at the nexus of science, technology and art. Alexander Mankowsky, a futurist on the staff of Daimler AG and a STARTS juror, recently talked to us about the trailblazing role of art and the framework conditions for an innovative Europe.
A Large Window to the Unknown
Night after night, the European Southern Observatory’s huge telescopes in Chile peer deeply into the unknown expanses of the universe. Fernando Comerón, the ESO’s on-site chief-of-staff, recently talked to us about possible ways in which art and science can engage in mutual inspiration at these locations and what this postulated ninth planet in our solar system is all about.
A Weekend Outing in Outer Space
The Uniview visualization software used in Deep Space at the Ars Electronica Center takes visitors on interactive 3-D flights through the entire known universe in breathtaking images. Never-before-seen dimensions of outer space make up the itinerary of this mind-blowing trip.
Karl Markovics: "I’m looking forward to being pleasantly surprised once again"
Actor, director and screenwriter Karl Markovics will soon be reprising his role as juror in the Prix Ars Electronica’s u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category. In this interview, he talks about new media as well as kids and young people in 2016.
My FutureWorkshop: Change Yourself Now!
As part of the FutureWorkshop Burak Büyükdemirci recorded his song "Change Yourself Now" in the SoundLab at the Ars Electronica Center. Together with his colleagues and the support of the video production company C.LOUD Pro he also made a music video.
Ravel meets the Ars Electronica Futurelab at the L.A. Phil
Legendary concert halls like the Disney Hall of the L.A. Phil are famous for their forwardthinking events. Fittingly, the Ars Electronica Futurelab was invited to visualize Maurice Ravel's famous cycle of fairytales, "Mother Goose" on three consecutive nights between the 12th and the 14th of February.
Prix Ars Electronica: The 2016 Juries
Who selects the recipients of the Golden Nicas to be awarded by the Prix Ars Electronica in 2016? We hereby present the jurors who’ll be convening in Linz just a few weeks from now to deliberate on these matters.
STARTS Prize: New Prospects Are Emerging
Two €20,000 prizes honoring innovative projects at the nexus of science, technology and art! What’s this very generously endowed competition all about, and what’s the European Commission’s take on the increasing digitization of our world? We recently had a chance to chat with the initiator of the STARTS program, Ralph Dum.
Deep Space LIVE: Anatomy for Everybody – Travel Medicine
Dr. Martin Haditsch, a specialist in tropical & travel medicine talks about his presentation together with Dr. Franz Fellner at Deep Space LIVE: Anatomy for Everybody – Travel Medicine on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8 PM.
Creative Robotics: Paint Me!
Humans have created robots to serve us as work-saving devices, but their capabilities now go far beyond that. The new “Creative Robots” exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center shows just how far. A chat with Johannes Braumann of Linz Art University and Wolfgang Schinnerl of KUKA Roboter CEE.
Light Painting - As If Rendered by a Robot
Chris Noelle has come up with a wrinkle that takes the photographic technique of light painting to the next level! He uses the precision and speed of an industrial robot to create “brushstrokes” of light in space.
Becoming a resident with sparking ideas
We are pleased to announce the names of the artists who will be coming to the Ars Electronica Futurelab to develop exhibits for the Sparks project!
Crystall: Russian media art from the 1960s
With his light organ, the Russian artist Bulat Galeev has already experimented in the 1960s with the interplay of art and science. The musical instrument has now brought back to life by Natalia Fuchs, curator of the Polytech.Science.Art Week.
Furnished Fluid - Making the invisible visible
By combining art and science Akira Wakita examines design classics from the 20th century. He has developed a software to visualize the airflows of objects and thus to move the product design of furniture in a new light.
Prix Ars Electronica Reloaded
The Prix Ars Electronica is back for another year, and there’ve been some notable innovations. A recap of the details follows. Entries for prize consideration can be submitted immediately. The deadline is March 13, 2016.
The Universe Within – Cinematic Rendering
Because of the technical innovations in the Deep Space 8K, it is now possible to use highly complex programs. One is the Cinematic Rendering app for the presentation of photorealistic images of the human body in 3-D and jumbo-format dimensions.
Drone 100: A World Record with 100 Points
A spectacle produced by the Ars Electronica Futurelab for Intel has made it into the record books! In a performance showcased by a promotional film for the world-famous chip maker, 100 spaxels took to the sky simultaneously. Team spirit is what it took to get this ambitious demonstration of technical brilliance off the ground.