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 2017
The year went by so quickly; so many delightful impressions remain. Which works of media art featured in POSTCITY during this year’s Ars Electronica Festival were your personal favorites? And when was the last time you paid a visit to the Ars Electronica Center? Here’s our collection of 2017’s Greatest Hits.
Swarm Compass: A Sea Change in Visualizing Events by Swarm Intelligence
What are the possibilities of swarm intelligence? How can drones be used to make transportation and communications easier? The Ars Electronica Futurelab is working together with Japanese telecommunications company NTT to find answers. In this interview, Hideaki Ogawa of Ars Electronica Futurelab and Shingo Kinshita of NTT tell us about their efforts.
Fascinating Photos of Earth: Eye in the Sky
How does the world look from way up top? Othmar Coser of the Austrian Space Forum will screen breathtaking satellite images of Earth at the next Deep Space LIVE on December 14, 2017. His talk entitled “Eye in the Sky” will also reveal which data terrestrial observation technology measures, and go into why this is being done? Find out more in this interview.
The Popcorn Effect: What Success Has to Do with a Kernel of Corn
What leads to success? Why are some people successful and others aren’t? And is there a recipe for success? Journalist/moderator Claudia Reiterer’s new book “The Popcorn Effect: From Dream to Success” deals with these very questions. At the first meeting of the UGL Women’s Network, the author gave a reading in the Ars Electronica Center, where she also gave us an interview.
Sound, Light and Pick-up Sticks: Waltraut Cooper
The “Waltraut Cooper. Light and Sound” exhibition co-produced by the Ars Electronica Center is running until January 21, 2018 at Landesgalerie Linz. We spoke with media artist Waltraut Cooper about media art in the 1980s, her fascination with light, and her works on display at Landesgalerie.
Gestures: When Humans Reach out to Machines
An interactive exhibition at the Saxon Museum of Industry entitled “Gestures – Yesterday, Today and the Day after Tomorrow”—the outgrowth of a joint research project by the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany) and the Ars Electronica Futurelab—is a new encounter with the history of human-machine interaction.
Music That Gets UNDER YOUR SKIN
Experimental musicians Karen Schlimp, Jaap Blonk and Klaus Hollinetz take us along on a sonorous journey through the human skin this Friday, December 1, 2017. In a concert entitled “UNDER YOUR SKIN/Bodyterms” in Deep Space 8K, they’ll play on medical terminology, through scores made of microscope images, and with the full range of their instruments’ possibilities.
New This Autumn at the Ars Electronica Center
Like every year, selected works featured at the Ars Electronica Festival then go on display for an additional run at the Ars Electronica Center. We find out which works those are, why they were singled out, and what surprises await visitors to the new VRLab in this interview with Kristina Maurer, exhibition producer at the Ars Electronica Center.
Bringing Space to Earth: ESA Teacher Workshop 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) annually stages two international workshops for teachers from its member states. ESERO Austria made it possible for two Austrian teachers to take part in this year’s workshop in The Netherlands. Here’s an account of how it went.
DE/MATERIALIZE: Fashion’s New Look
Clothing made of desert plants or organic plastics, rediscovered technologies and state-of-the-art high-tech top the list of attractions at DE/MATERIALIZE, a showcase of exciting work being done by students in Linz Art University’s Fashion & Technology program, on November 23, 2017 in Ars Electronica’s Deep Space. Fashion designer Ute Ploier, the program’s director, gave us a preview in this discussion of fashion, technology, sustainability and the future of the fashion industry.
European Media Art Platform: New Residencies for Media Artists
WANTED: up-and-coming talents in media art! The European Media Art Platform awards several two-month residencies at 11 European institutions. In this interview, Peter Zorn of Werkleitz goes into detail about the network, and Ars Electronica’s Veronika Liebl recaps the European Digital Art and Science Network’s activities since its launch in 2015.
Long Night of the Stages 2017: Urban Dance Styles
The Urban Dance Styles program at Anton Bruckner University and the Urban Artists dance collective cordially invite you to attend a performance at the Ars Electronica Center during the upcoming Long Night of the Stages on November 11, 2017. In this interview, Markus Eggensperger, Urban Dance Styles program coordinator, clues us in about Pop, Lock, Break and the world of urban dance cultures.
VR and Theater: The Cyberräuber at the 2017 Long Night of the Stages
The next Long Night of the Stages is set for November 11, 2017 when, in addition to theaters and other stage-based performance venues, the Ars Electronica Center will host a diverse lineup of productions. The dramatis personae include Björn Lengers and Marcel Karnapke, who’ll be contributing two projects at the interface of performance and virtual reality: “Memories of Borderline” and “Pitoti Prometheus”.
From Industry 4.0 to Life 4.0
The first Industry-4.0-themed week staged jointly by the Industrial Association of Upper Austria (IV OÖ) and Ars Electronica featured workshops and presentations that explained why the digitization of the economy is everybody’s business. Joachim Haindl-Grutsch, CEO of IV OÖ, told us more in this interview.
Fundamental Rights Day 2017: Have Human Rights Become Luxury Items?
What impact do encounters with foreign cultures and religions have on our understanding of fundamental rights? What opportunities and risks are connected with new technologies? And which values are actually important to our young people today? We posed these and other questions to visitors to the Ars Electronica Center on Fundamental Rights Day 2017.
CanSat Competition 2017: Mini-Satellites That You Build Yourself
A CanSat competition is being staged for the first time in Austria during this school year by ESERO Austria. The assignment: build a so-called CanSat, a satellite the size of a soft drink can that’s able to measure air temperature & pressure and carry out a second mission of the designer’s choice. November 5, 2017 is the entry deadline for teams of students. Find out more in this interview!
Brains for Everybody: Through the Internet via the Power of the Mind
The “Brains for Everybody” series of talks at the Ars Electronica Center provides periodic briefings on the latest findings in brain research and methods used in that field. In a special edition, Dr. Selina Wriessnegger explained what brain-computer interfaces are, how they’re used, and what the internet has to do with them. She puts it in a nutshell in this interview.
Kids’ Day 2017
Fascinating peeks into the world of industry and lots of hands-on fun were in store for youngsters at this year’s Kids’ Day event sponsored by the Industrial Association of Upper Austria. At workshops staged by manufacturers headquartered throughout the region, kids tinkered and soldered, built cool stuff and had an amazing time! Check out our Photo Gallery.
Deep Space LIVE Special: A Hairy Situation
What can you do when your hair suddenly falls out? What are the causes of hair loss, and do attractive wigs even exist? Hairdresser Peter Fuchs, gynecologist Peter Oppelt and plastic surgeon Matthias Koller provide answers at a Deep Space LIVE event. We learned more in this interview.
Homo Digitalis: What’s the Digital Revolution Doing to Us?
“Homo Digitalis” is a series of seven episodes that present various scenarios of life in the future. Christopher Lindinger, Director of Research & Innovation at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, talks about the part his division played in this Web series produced by BR, ARTE and ORF.
Digital Design Weekend: The Longing for New Worlds
This is the second time that several young Austrian artists had an opportunity to present their works on Digital Design Weekend in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
STARTS at the Frankfurt Book Fair
This year’s THE ARTS+ Creative Business Festival at the Frankfurt Book Fair provides the perfect showcase for men and women who’ve been honored for their extraordinary creativity, for their innovative projects at the nexus of science, technology and art, and for the European Commission’s STARTS initiative.
STARTS Talks Kick Off in Berlin and Eindhoven
How can science, technology and art become more tightly intermeshed, and how do they benefit from these linkages? Outstanding best-practice examples and insightful speeches lead off the STARTS Talks series in Berlin and Eindhoven.
Fronius: An Electric Arc Highlights a Trade Show
Fronius is the global market leader in robotic welding, and has made a name for itself worldwide in the field of arc & resistance spot welding. This year, Ars Electronica Solutions designed the company’s stand at SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN 2017 in Düsseldorf, the world’s premier trade show for welding and cutting technology. In this interview, Ars Electronica Solutions Director Michael Mondria talks about what went into this assignment.
Who or what is on the line? Find out via “Hello Machine”!
The "Hello Machine" is an installation connecting the Ars Electronica Festival Linz, Science Gallery Dublin and Volkswagen Berlins Drive Exhibition, has been developed with the assistance of the Ars Electronica FutureLab, by way of vintage or obsolete pay phones from Hanlon’s collection. The Hello Machine’s ‘Hello Machine - Hello Human’ feature touches on the playful moments that are shared between man and machine.
Day 5: ‘Til We Meet Again at the Ars Electronica Festival!
Sad but true—the fifth and final day of the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival has come to a close. Amazing how time flies when you’re having fun at so many absorbing events! We sincerely hope you checked off everything on your to-do list. Here’s a brief retrospective look at Day 5.
Day 4: Jam-Packed with Highlights
The 2017 Ars Electronica Festival is already four days old. And Sunday as well lived up to high expectations with a great lineup of conferences, workshops, media art, performances and much more. The most noteworthy event was undoubtedly Markus Poschner’s premiere as chief conductor of Linz’s Bruckner Orchester. But let’s take this one step at a time! So here we go on a lavishly illustrated summary of Day 4.
This was the Ars Electronica Festival 2017
"Artificial Intelligence – the Other I", or the connection between AI and humans was the main topic at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival, which turned POSTCTITY Linz into a hotspot of media arts for the third time in a row this year. There were over 100.000 visits to over 600 different events, conferences and lectures, exhibitions and projects, concerts and performances, animations and award ceremonies, guided tours and workshops between September 7 and 11, 2017.
Day 3: Starting the weekend with Media Art
Our festival Saturday made an exciting start into the weekend: With the Helper's Conference, the final hours of the Hackathon, an organic farmer's market, the Expanded Animations Symposium, the Prix and STARTS Forums, and of course countless exhibitions full of state-of-the-art media art, the festival was once again filled to the brim with wonderful events. Let's have a look!
Day 2: Impressions without an End
Thinking together, celebrating together. From conferences to ceremonies, from exhibitions to workshops, from VR glasses to brain-computer interfaces. Another inspiring impressions from the 2nd festival day.
Day 1: Welcome to the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival
The big day has finally arrived—this year’s Ars Electronica Festival is underway! The preparations had been going full speed ahead for months now to once again make this huge celebration of media art something absolutely extraordinary. And that’s exactly what has come to pass! Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few impressions of the first day of the festival.
From Atoms to Entire Galaxies: “Everything”
This year’s Golden Nica in the Computer Animation/Film/VFX category goes to David OReilly for “Everything,” his game that literally lets you play with everything—from the tiniest atom to the biggest galaxy. In this interview, the artist and game developer tells more about his work.
Ars Electronica Festival 2017: The Technology behind the Scenes!
The Ars Electronica Festival annually transforms the mini-metropolis Linz into the global hotspot of media art that attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Karl Schmidinger, technical director of the Ars Electronica Festival, tells us in this interview how he and his crew make it possible for this big show to go on!
Rock Print: Building with Cable and Pebbles
The idea seems so simple—Rock Print, a STARTS Prize honoree, demonstrates how to build a large structure out of only gravel and wire. But behind the seeming simplicity is the difficulty of implementing the concept in real life. In this interview, Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio of ETH–Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich tell why the joint project with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT was such a surprise to both the construction industry and the STARTS Prize jury.
Feminism and Climate Change: UCLA at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival
The Campus exhibition that Linz Art University has hosted during the Ars Electronica Festival since 2002 extends an invitation to an art college from a foreign country to come to Linz and showcase the work being done there. This year’s guest is the University of California at Los Angeles. In this interview, Professor Victoria Vesna gives us a preview of UCLA’s exhibition, FEMINIST CLIMATE CHANGE: Beyond the Binary.
RADICAL ATOMS: Rethinking Materials
A fresh update from the Tangible Media Group, an interdisciplinary research facility at MIT Media Lab in Cambridge MA, USA, is the latest attraction of the RADICAL ATOMS exhibition in the Ars Electronica Center. These three programmable materials are presented in this interview with Prof. Hiroshi Ishii, the director and founder of the lab.
Markus Poschner’s 1st Big Concert Night Is Entitled “Departure”
The Bruckner Orchester’s new chief conductor, Markus Poschner, is not only making some significant changes at Linz’s Brucknerhaus concert venue; he’s also giving a creative makeover to the Big Concert Night at the Ars Electronica Festival. The first such event on which he’s made his mark is set for Sunday evening, September 10, 2017. He tells us more in this interview.
Dynamic Technology at the Festival: How Brain Power Can Drive an Earthmover
Visitors of this year's Ars Electronica Festival will be able to actually take command of an earthmover with their eye movements and mental powers. Read what it takes to participate and how this mind-melting experiment came into existence.
“Corpus Nil”: A Performance by Man and Artificial Intelligence
Man meets artificial intelligence in a performance entitled “Corpus Nil.” Depending on the tension and posture of artist Marco Donnarumma’s body, an artificially intelligent algorithm modifies the light and sound on stage. Festivalgoers will be able to experience this spectacle live at the Big Concert Night on Sunday, September 10, 2017. In this interview, Marco Donnarumma goes into the background of his impressive performance.
Artificial Intelligence and Spirituality: Zenbo Hidaka
A monk who’s also an expert in artificial intelligence is one of the speakers at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival’s Opening Symposium as well as the artificial intelligence Theme Conference. Zenbo Hidaka will discuss the latest technologies, artificially intelligent machines, and spirituality on September 7th and 8th. Here, he provides some initial insights into his field of expertise.
As if in a Trance: Maki Namekawa and “20 Etudes for 20 Etudes”
An Austrian premiere concludes the Festival on Monday, September 11, 2017. Maki Namekawa will perform all 20 of Philip Glass’ piano etudes accompanied by artist Cori Olan’s real-time visualizations. The duo will also present a daily demonstration of their virtuosity in Deep Space 8K. Maki Namekawa tells us more in this interview.
ZusammenKommenLab: Innovative Integration Projects and More
Networking, meeting new people and exchanging ideas with experts—that’s what’s up at ZusammenKommenLab [ComingTogetherLab] at Ars Electronica 2017. On all five days of the festival, ZusammenHelfen in Oberösterreich [HelpingTogether in Upper Austria], your go-to source for ways to help refugees, will be showcasing projects by, with and for immigrants and refugees.
“Technology is human”: How Culture Shapes Technology
Mark Coeckelbergh, a philosopher of technology, will deliver a speech on intelligent machines and art on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the symposium limning the Ars Electronica Festival theme, “Artificial Intelligence – The Other I.” In this interview, he goes into how culture shapes technology and what characterizes our dealings with artificial intelligence today.
WE GUIDE YOU through the 2017 Festival
There’s a lot happening at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival! But with so many exhibitions, concerts, performances, events, workshops, film screenings and awards ceremonies, it’s easy to get lost. That’s why we developed WE GUIDE YOU, a comprehensive lineup of guided tours that make things clear—especially for festivalgoers who speak neither German nor English.
Festival Tours: Thanks to WKOÖ UBIT
The WKOÖ [Economic Chamber of the State of Upper Austria] represents the interests of the regional business community. The UBIT, its group for business consultants, accountants and IT specialists, is sponsoring the guided tours at this year’s festival. We talked to Chairman Markus Roth to learn more.
Spaxels Research Initiative – Swarms of the Future
How to deal with networks of intelligent, autonomous robots raises many questions that the Spaxels Research Initiative aims to formulate and pose.
Theater & Digital Media: One Topic, Two Perspectives
Theater & Digital Media is debuting as a focal-point topic at Ars Electronica this year. September 7-11, 2017, this conclave is hosting encounters of, among others, traditional institutions such as Linz’s Landestheater and performative experiments like “Breaking the Wall” by Chris and Didi Bruckmayr. In this interview, we found out how digital media are changing both classical theater and experimental performances.
Comically Inefficient: Joseph Herscher’s Machines
New York artist Joseph Herscher uses everyday objects to build Rube Goldberg machines that are as inefficient as can be. At the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival, he’ll be involved in three projects that illustrate his playful approach to creativity. In this interview, we found out what exactly awaits us.
How much globalization can humankind stand?
This is the second year that the Ars Electronica Festival is hosting a “Perspectives on Political Education” symposium. This series of events under the aegis of Pädagogische Hochschule OÖ [state teachers college] is set for September 7-8, 2017. This year’s theme: “The world is my world. How much globalization can humankind stand?” Stefan Giegler told us what’s in store.
Beyond Humans: Artificial Intelligence, Yawning Wide
Artificial intelligence is the theme of this year’s Ars Electronica. The 2017 media art festival’s encapsulating motif is provided by the “Beyond Humans” research project. The respective roles played by the android and the chimp depicted in this image were elaborated on by the project’s scholarly director, Ramiro Joly-Mascheroni.
Consummate Electronic Music: Ars Electronica Nightline 2017
Night owls and music fans are in for a real treat at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival. The Opening extravaganza on Thursday, September 7th and the Nightline on Friday, September 8th offer highly danceable riffs conducive to high-energy nights. We sat down with the Salon 2000 curatorial team to find out more.
Not Your World Music: In Search of Traces in Southeast Asia
A project entitled “Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia” by artists Dimitri della Faille and Cedrik Fermont is one of the very few works about noise & sound art in Southeast Asia. In this interview, the 2017 Golden Nica winners talk about how they got involved in such a huge endeavor and their experiences during this journey of discovery.
BR41N.IO Hackathon: On Your Marks, Get Set, Hack!
This event is the first of its kind at the Ars Electronica Festival—the BR41N.IO Hackathon demands high performance from hackers and designers, who’ll have 24 hours beginning at 11 AM on Friday, September 8th to conjure up projects based on brain-computer interfaces. To find out how this Hackathon will happen, what sort of stuff will come out of it, and who can register, read on.
CyberArts 2017: Excellence in Media Art
The CyberArts exhibition running during the Ars Electronica Festival September 7-11, 2017 once again showcases this year’s Prix Ars Electronica prizewinners. In this interview, the exhibition staff tells us about the show and the accompanying program of events including OK Night.
CREATE YOUR WORLD 2017: Adventure Playground of Media Art
An annual feature at the Ars Electronica Festival, CREATE YOUR WORLD, the future festival of the next generation, shows young people the ideas and technologies they’ll be using to change our world. Hans Christian Merten, director of CREATE YOUR WORLD, told about all the great stuff youngsters will be seeing, trying out and exploring September 7-11.
Framing Media Art: The Festival Architecture
Configuring the 80,000-square-meter interior of POSTCITY Linz with lucid structures conducive to exhibiting media art is no easy task. But the architects at ANY:TIME took up this challenge and are working out a suitable framework for the artwork at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival. Here, they discuss their approach.
Ars Electronica Festival 2017: The Innovations
One thing the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival definitely won’t be is boring! Lots of fascinating new features await festivalgoers September 7-11. Ars Electronica Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker told us about what’s new on this year’s lineup.
Computer Animation +++: The 2017 Ars Electronica Animation Festival
Screenings, symposia and hands-on adventure with virtual reality installations—there’s a lot doing at this year’s Ars Electronica Animation Festival September 7-11, 2017. We met up with the production team to find out more about the program, the participating artists and their works.
The Essence of Human, Machine and Data: POINT ZERO
POINT ZERO, the exhibition elaborating on the Ars Electronica Festival’s theme, “Artificial Intelligence – The Other I,” (September 7-11, 2017) takes on big questions. What is the essence of a human being? Of a machine? Or, for that matter, of data? We sat down for a chat with Ars Electronica Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker to get a few initial clues.
Sound Art at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival: Sonic Saturday and Music Monday
With Sonic Saturday on September 9th and Music Monday on September 11th, the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival now features two days dedicated to sound art. What can we look forward to this year? We found out!
“Integration concerns every one of us”: The 3rd Helpers Conference in Linz
A Helpers Conference organized by ZusammenHelfen in Oberösterreich (Helping Together in Upper Austria) will once again be held during the Ars Electronica Festival. Volunteers who work with refugees will gather for an exchange of information and ideas on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in POSTCITY Linz. Nicole Sonnleitner of ZusammenHelfen in Oberösterreich told us more.
European Cooperative Projects: Innovation through Diversity
Taking advantage of this continent’s diversity—that’s what Ars Electronica has been doing in a broad spectrum of collaborative projects clear across Europe. In this interview, Festival Director Martin Honzik and Producer Veronika Liebl told us about them and what role they’ll play at the Ars Electronica Festival September 7-11, 2017.
FEAT: Arts and Technologies of the Future
The FEAT Project staged seven nine-month residencies in which artists worked together with scientists at the interface of art and technology. At the FEAT interview panel on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Ars Electronica Festival, panelists will discuss why this collaboration can occasionally be difficult but is rewarding nevertheless.
Nonvisual Art: Novel Images of Magical Beauty
Lisa Buttinger displayed meticulous attention to the most minute details as she went about completing her graduation project at Linz’s High School for Artistic Design. In this interview, she talks about what she calls nonvisual art, an innovative artistic medium that has garnered her twofold honors—the Golden Nica in the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica’s u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category and an Honorary Mention from the 2017 STARTS Prize.
Interface Cultures’ Campus Exhibition: Made in Linz, Guaranteed
The Campus Exhibition at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival showcases Linz Art University’s Interface Cultures program. “Made in Linz” includes recent works of media art by undergraduates. The program’s founder and director, Christa Sommerer, offers some pre-show insights.
Décor that really grows on you: Linz’s Municipal Gardens Are Greening the Ars Electronica Festival
POSTCITY Linz, the festival location, has been vacant for several years now. The gray halls seem deserted, cheerless. Linz’s municipal gardeners have been assigned the job of giving a friendly makeover to this interior in time for the Ars Electronica Festival September 7-11. The upbeat greenery got off to an auspicious start in mid-summer, and we were on hand to capture it.
u19 Exhibit: Youngsters Design Their Own Exhibition!
Once again this year, the young honorees in the Prix Ars Electronica’s u19 category will decide for themselves how their prizewinning projects will be displayed at the Ars Electronica Festival, September 7-11 2017. They’re coming up with some initial ideas at an exhibition design workshop. The plans emerging now will become a reality by September.
Fallout Shelter, Conveyer Belts, Spiral Packet Chutes and Lots of Media Art: Highlights of the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival in POSTCITY
September 7-11, 2017, POSTCITY Linz will once again morph into a sprawling playground of media artists from all over the world. The theme of this year’s Ars Electronica Festival is Artificial Intelligence – The Other I. We recently sat down with Festival Director Martin Honzik to get a sneak preview.
Turnton Docklands: Walk-through Environmental Dystopia and Possible Vision of the Future
The Linz-based artists’ collective Time’s Up builds walk-through worlds, physical narratives, in which every object tells a story. At Ars Electronica Festival September 7-11, 2017, festivalgoers will be able to experience one of them: “Turnton Docklands.” We talked to Time’s Up about this mix of environmental dystopia, social utopia and disturbing future scenario.
“A as in apple, B as in broccoli, C as in cheese …” The Organic Farmers’ Market at the Festival
The Ars Electronica Festival is dedicating an entire day to sampling organic delicacies of the highest quality in POSTCITY Linz. Once again this year, BIO AUSTRIA is staging a farmer’s market amidst all the media art. Here, BIO AUSTRIA’s Marlene Wolfsteiner tells us about all the healthy goodies festivalgoers will be enjoying, and why organic farming is so essential.
2017 STARTS Prize: Innovative Projects That Cross the Boundaries of Disciplines
Dealing with complex issues calls for marshalling insights and skills from numerous fields, cultures and perspectives. Excellence in accomplishing this is precisely what the European Commission aims to honor with the STARTS Prize. Here, we present 2017’s best projects and what the jury’s statement has to say about them. Many will be featured in a special exhibition running at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.
UCLA Making a Guest Appearance at Ars Electronica Festival
A top foreign university will once again be featured in the Campus Exhibition at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival. This year’s special guest is UCLA–The University of California at Los Angeles. Here, Professor Victoria Vesna gives us a preview of the “Feminist Climate Change” exhibition and an account of how media art gained admission to college.
Future Innovators Summit 2017: A Creative Think Tank for Big Questions about the Future
Embedded in the inspiring setting of the Ars Electronica Festival in POSTCITY Linz, the Future Innovators Summit is once again inviting motivated individuals from the worlds of art, technology and science to exchange ideas and thereby formulate questions of central importance to humankind’s future. FIS project director Hideaki Ogawa offers some conceptual points of departure for a stimulating encounter with the big issue: artificial intelligence.
Medical technology and art make a wonderful match!
The Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS based in Bremen, Germany and Taiwanese media & sound artist Yen Tzu Chang have organized a workshop for pupils in cooperation with the Ars Electronica Center. The workshop blends art and science—in concrete terms, technical procedures of medical imaging and sound art. We talked to Sabrina Haase of Fraunhofer MEVIS about the workshop.
Resistance from Below
Chrystal Tesla is an average citizen whose homemade devices enable her to successfully fend off the incessant incursions of surveillance technology. This scenario created by artist Kathrin Stumreich and entitled “What would Ted Kaczynski’s daughter do?” has been honored by the City of Linz with the Marianne.von.Willemer.2016 Prize.
TIME OUT .07 - Between Individual and Society
TIME OUT .07, the seventh in this ongoing series of exhibitions, is now running at the Ars Electronica Center. TIME OUT is staged twice a year in cooperation with Linz Art University to showcase recent works of media art by students in the school’s Time-based and Interactive Media program. The Blog is spotlighting some of the participating artists. This time, Katharina Pichler tells us about her work.
TIME OUT .07 – Warm Light and Soft Wax
The TIME OUT .07 exhibition that opened last week is part of the series of installations staged twice a year jointly by Ars Electronica and Linz Art University. Recent media art projects by students in the school’s Time-based and Interactive Media program are on display in the Ars Electronica Center. The Blog is spotlighting the participating students—this time around, Domas Schwarz.
BigPoopData Takes the netidee Special Prize
An incisively critical commentary on the obsessive and now-so-pervasive harvesting of data and a plea for the protection of our digital privacy—four schoolboys’ sensor-studded WC has garnered them the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica’s netidee Special Prize. In this interview, Ernst Langmantel, the director of netidee, explains what he likes so much about this project, and elaborates on Austria’s largest initiative to nurture the potential of digital networks.
The Kepler Conjecture
Mathematics is the topic of the fifth and last installment of “Next Generation JKU.” This series of talks was launched in cooperation with Linz’s Johannes Kepler University to give outstanding young scholars working in engineering and science the opportunity to utilize the leading-edge technology available in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center to present their research.
The Wandering Artist Project
For her proposal to send a robot with artistic skills into outer space, robotics engineer Sarah Petkus was the recipient of an Honorary Mention from the 2016 art&science@ESA. In this interview, she talks about her plans for her upcoming residency at the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, about humane robots, and the essential elements that actually constitute a robot.
TIME OUT .07 – Homey Sounds and Industrial Mass Production
The 7th installment in the TIME OUT exhibition series opened on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. In cooperation with Linz Art University, the Ars Electronica Center is showcasing recent media art projects by students in the school’s Time-based and Interactive Media program. The Blog is spotlighting the participating students. In this installment, Lisa Bickel and Clemens Niel tell us about their work.
TIME OUT .07 - Lost Friendships and Aesthetic Scars
The 7th installment in the TIME OUT exhibition series opens on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM. In cooperation with Linz Art University, the Ars Electronica Center is showcasing recent media art projects by students in the school’s Time-based and Interactive Media program. Sarah Hiebl and Marlene Reischl, two of the artists participating in TIME OUT .07, talked to us about their works.
The 2017 Golden Nicas
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Golden Nicas! 3,677 entries were submitted from 106 countries for 2017 Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration. We would like to introduce you to the award-winning works now.
Bernad Batinic: “We’re opening up a completely new chapter!”
The Institute for Pedagogy and Psychology at Johannes Kepler University of Linz has just received funding for a research project on wearables. We talked to Prof. Bernad Batinic, director of JKU’s Department of Psychology of Work, Organizations and the Media, about wearable technology, the many ways it can be deployed, and the dream of big data visualization.
Sophie Lamparter: "Designing our future can’t be left up to individuals"
The STARTS Prize awarded by the European Commission spotlights collaboration of science, technology and art. That’s the same approach taken by Sophie Lampartner, director of swissnex San Francisco and one of this year’s STARTS jurors. In this interview, she talks about trends at the nexus of these three domains.
“GET INSPIRED – Promising Projects at the Nexus of Art, Technology and Science” was the theme of a showcase of innovative projects based in Linz and Upper Austria staged yesterday by Ars Electronica in cooperation with a regional association of young businesspeople. Join us for a look back at an inspiring evening.
VERTIGO STARTS: Artists Wanted!
Now that the 2017 STARTS Prizes have been selected, the European Commission’s STARTS initiative is launching another attractive program. Artists can now apply for a residency in which they create a new work of art using the technology of the R&D project of their choice. The entry deadline is May 22, 2017.
STARTS Prize: The 2017 Prizewinners
This year’s STARTS PRIZE recipients come from Japan and Switzerland. “I’m Humanity” garnered the Grand Prize for Artistic Exploration for Etsuko Yakushimaru; the Grand Prize for Innovative Collaboration goes to Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH–Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT for their “Rock Print” installation.
Touching Stories behind the Patient Innovation Platform
The Patient Innovation-platform has brought forward many revolutionary ideas for treating all kinds of diseases. They've been developed solely by affected people who as non-experts truly deserve exposure - also at the exhibition "Beyond the Lab: The D.I.Y. Science Revolution" at Ars Electronica Center.
Next Generation JKU
Who make up the next generation of young scientists at JKU? Who are the up-and-coming Upper Austrian researchers who are making an international name for themselves in computer science, chemistry, physics and other technical and scientific fields? And what exactly are they working on? They’re virtually unknown in their homeland, Austria. Now, it’s high time to change that!
Artificial Intelligence - The Other I
September 7-11, 2017, POSTCITY Linz will be the setting of a stimulating, comprehensive confrontation with the reality and the vision of artificial intelligence. We talked to Ars Electronica Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker about this year’s festival theme.
SPAXELS rock in Rio - A test run near Linz
This years edition of the mega rock festival ROCK IN RIO will be the first to wow its audience with an illuminated swarm of drones. But before the Ars Electronica Spaxels® can enchant a one-million-plus of people between September 15th and 24th, a three-day marathon rehearsal was staged in Upper Austria over the last Week in March.
Life Is All about Chemistry
Next Generation JKU is a series of talks designed to give outstanding young scientists on the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences of Johannes Kepler University Linz the opportunity to utilize the extraordinary technologies available in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center for an ultra-high-definition presentation of their research.
The “TIC TAC-tics” of Timothy Omer Hacking Diabetes
Timothy Omer is a part of the DIY revolution in the healthcare system and also of the SPARKS-initiated exposition "Beyond The Lab", which is opening at the 29th of March at the Ars Electronica Center. His example of hacking Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems demonstrates that patients get a grip on their condition.
The Artist-in-Residence is Yen Tzu Chang
Yen Tzu Chang (TW) is the recipient of the residency STEAM imaging jointly hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing (MEVIS) and Ars Electronica. The Taiwanese media artist will thus have a unique opportunity to work closely together with the Institute’s research staff.
Ghalia Elsrakbi: "Art Is a Collaborative Playground"
Mainstays of media art in general and the Prix Ars Electronica’s Hybrid Art category in particular are hybrid and transdisciplinary projects and approaches. In this interview, juror Ghalia Elsrakbi talks about her take on hybrid art and what she sees as the role art can play in 2017.
Emre Erkal: "Art Generates New Venues"
March 13th is the deadline for submitting works of media art for 2017 Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration. In this interview, sound artist Emre Erkal, one of this year’s jurors in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category, talks about sounds, architecture and artificial intelligence.
Sirikit Amann: "You have enriched my life!"
Since 1998, the Prix Ars Electronica has included a category especially for kids and young people under 19 years of age, and Sirikit Amann has been a juror since the very inception. We recently joined her for a look back at some particularly memorable prizewinning works.
Experimenting, testing and understanding. Over 2,000 pupils came to the Ars Electronica Center to present their self-developed experiments to a public audience and to take a look at other experimental set-ups. View our picture gallery of astonished and curious gazes of the participating kids and teenagers!
Martina Mara: "More Women in Robotics!"
Even in the 21st century, robotics R&D is still a male domain. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we discussed this issue with Martina Mara of the Ars Electronica Futurelab. She’s a media psychologist and director of robo-psychology.
Réka Bucsi: "I like its playful ways"
Réka Bucsi’s animated short film “Symphony no. 42” got her shortlisted at the 87th Academy Awards. In April, she’ll be one of the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica jurors selecting this year’s Golden Nica recipients.
Industrial Robots in the Service of Art
Part 2 of the “Creative Robotics” exhibition series premiered in February. This time, the focus is on robots that have normally been deployed in conjunction with industrial assembly processes but are now increasingly being used as catalysts for innovation in such fields as the graphic arts, design and architecture.
InduSTORY or The Art of Telling Industry Stories
The seventh edition in the "Ars Electronica in the Knowledge Capital" series tells the story of the design of a product from the future to its materialization. Until May 7, 2017, the visitors of the special exhibition in Osaka will look at two approaches of prototypes, which are summarized under the title "InduSTORY".
Waag Society: "Keep questioning what you do"
Collaboration among science, technology and art is urgently needed! Marleen Stikker and Lucas Evers of the Waag Society talk about these three fields’ commonalities and, shortly before the entry deadline, address a last-chance call to motivate artists, engineers and scientists to submit their transdisciplinary projects for 2017 STARTS Prize consideration.
Highlight: The Made-to-Order Lamp
It’s elegantly designed and individually customized to suit the space it illuminates. Highlight, Jussi Ängeslevä’s lamp generated via 3-D printer, features a shape that satisfies users’ (lighting) needs.
Seeing Data – Understanding Cancer
They’re quoted in some of the most highly respected scientific journals worldwide but in their homeland, Austria, they’re hardly known. So, who are these brilliant young Upper Austrian scientists, and what exactly are they performing research on at Johannes Kepler University in Linz?
Women in Media Arts
Ars Electronica launched an online database especially for women in media arts in September 2016. Women in Media Arts now makes it possible for users themselves to input information and modify the database’s entries about female artists. Here, project manager Florina Costamoling provides a brief introduction to the database designed to be used by, among others, curators and artists.
Introducing the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica Jurors
The extended deadline to submit entries for 2017 Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration is March 13th! That’s when the respective international juries take up the task of naming this year’s prizewinners. So, who exactly are these ladies and gentlemen who’ve been appointed arbiters of excellence in media art?
The Alchemy Box
Once again, the Ars Electronica Festival grounds were serving as a playground for young filmmakers. Equipped with camera and microphone, youngsters with physical handicaps were able to work together with mentors from an association named FAB to document what has happened at the festival and the various approaches artists and visitors were taking to the 2016 theme.
Sky Compass: Going Beyond Navigation by the Stars
As Tokyo will be facing the challenge of hosting a huge influx of tourists in 2020, NTT, Japan's biggest Telecommunication company, and Ars Electronica Futurelab are working on a sky compass to guide the people.
Industrial Robots Move beyond Their Natural Habitat
Robots are increasingly making their presence felt in everyday life. They vacuum our floors and mow our lawns. And hasn’t humankind long dreamed of mechanical helpers that could act autonomously, understand our needs, and perform arduous tasks we gladly dispense with?
Paul Dujardin: "We need interdisciplinary teams"
In this interview, the artistic director of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) discusses the artist’s role in this day and age, notes that art also emerges beyond the confines of picture frames, and points out how important it is for disciplines to interconnect.
netidee 2016: Interpersonal Hardware and Software
A basic framework for chatbot developers, a game programming tool for young people to use on smartphones, and a charging station for refugees—here, we present three projects that received funding from the netidee initiative.
STEAM Imaging: An Experiment in Art & Science
The Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing (MEVIS) has announced an exciting artist-in-residency program that focuses on links between art and science. They’re also integrating pupils into this experiment.
Flow: A Sea of Real-time Data
The water comes in; the water goes out. Since time immemorial, human beings have been fascinated by the sea. Artist Mathieu Le Sourd alias maotik has captured its motions and translated them into a walk-through interactive visualization in Deep Space.
Prix Ars Electronica Seeks Female Media Artists!
Entries to the competition to determine the honorees of the 30th Prix Ars Electronica are now being accepted! Four Golden Nica statuettes and prizemoney of up to €10,000 in each category await this year’s outstanding media artists. But what’s the story with gender distribution among Prix Ars Electronica prizewinners? We discussed this issue with Gerfried Stocker and the Prix Ars Electronica staff.
STARTS Prize 2017: When Art Enters Other Spheres
In what ways do science, technology and art overlap? What is innovation? And which technological developments will be successful over the long run? Gerfried Stocker, artistic director of Ars Electronica, and Veronika Liebl, STARTS project manager, discussed these topics with us.
Linz’s Klemens Brosch: A Genius for Drawing
Born in Linz in 1894, Klemens Brosch went on to become one of 20th-century Austria’s most outstanding graphic artists, best known for his magical landscapes and melancholy imagery. Deep Space is now featuring jumbo-format projections of some of his small-scale drawings.