Spaxels are autonomous drones that can be moved freely in space to form dynamic, three-dimensional figures in the night sky.
33 years after the very first Linzer Klangwolke in 1979, which marked the beginning of the Ars Electronica Festival, Ars Electronica got the chance to create the 2012 Klangwolke.
In a virtual world, we can simulate truths that would be unimaginable in real life, explore incredible activities, and collaborate with others in a way that goes beyond physical interaction.
Future Ink is the result of a mutual inspiration between art and science, with the aim of exploring the creative potential of “ink”. In a process of multiple steps consisting of the implementation of the innovative concepts for Space Ink, AI Ink, Bio Ink, Mind Ink and Body Ink, Space Ink research opens new accesses…
Every year during the Ars Electronica Festival, the Ars Electronica Futurelab opens its gates for the public and invites festival visitors to get to know its latest research findings and collaborative projects in a special, interactive format called Open Futurelab. In this blog post, we want to give you an overview of what you can…
Groundbots, swarm intelligence and technological swarms as a visual medium: At the “SwarmOS Research Demo” at the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival (Sept. 5 – 9), the Ars Electronica Futurelab is presenting insights into the in-house developed software SwarmOS – as well as hands-on application examples.
What’s still just a construction site in Kapfenberg, Austria will soon be the world’s most modern stainless steel mill. One of the highlights of the groundbreaking ceremony for voestalpine’s new work was a spectacular mixed reality drone race staged right above the building site by Ars Electronica Solutions. We found out more in this interview.
“And then, fortunately, the birds didn’t fall out of the sky,” said Michael Treml in a terse summary of the outcome of work over many months by an Ars Electronica Futurelab team at Rock in Rio 2017, the first public SPAXELS® drone show using Swarm3D software developed in-house in Linz. We were interested in finding…
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.
How to deal with networks of intelligent, autonomous robots raises many questions that the Spaxels Research Initiative aims to formulate and pose.
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…
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.
“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…
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…
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…
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.
This is the ultimate extravaganza! With over 195 million viewers, the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will be one of the world’s biggest televised events. Among the featured attractions—albeit with only half a minute of air time—are the Spaxels of the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz.
Accompany the Ars Electronica Futurelab crew on a business trip to Dubai. At a spectacular nighttime event staged to celebrate the United Arab Emirates’ 43rd National Day on December 1, 2014, the Spaxels, a swarm of LED-equipped quadcopters, got a very enthusiastic reception.
Flying Smart Atoms that are able to respond to touches by humans? The Ars Electronica Futurelab presented a significant development of the Spaxels during the 2014 Festival Ars Electronica.
Ars Electronica Futurelab staffers have been doing R&D since 2012 on what they’ve dubbed Spaxels (space pixels). At the Spaxels Concept Demo members of the spaxels crew will go into detail about what makes the Spaxel-swarm work and illustrate what they’ve achieved to date.
The spaxels’ world tour continues. In “Clusters of Light,” an extravaganza just staged in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s crew took their prodigious show design talents to the next level of excellence, and their choreographed formation of LED-equipped quadcopters thrilled audiences of thousands. Here, Chris Bruckmayr gives us a behind-the-scenes account.
The Spaxels, the 3d-Pixels that the Ars Electronica Futurelab has created based on quadcopter-technology, have proven their skills to paint logos and animations into the sky a number of times. Currently, the next step is being tested, and it looks amazing.
The Festival Ars Electronica is a place to test out new ways. The Future Rock Show is one of those tests, introducing a new form of discussion. This is it’s story.
Murmuration, the opening-show of the Bergen International Festival, that has been developed both by phase 7 and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, premiered on May 22nd. Check out pictures and videos of the show below, or the interview with Sven Beyer, creative director of phase 7.
In London, the spaxels were used for promotional purposes. The Ars Electronica Futurelab received a specific assignment and successfully carried it out. But as the voestalpine Klangwolke brilliantly demonstrated, the quadcopters can take to the air in an artistic role too. We recently had a chance to chat with Sven Beyer, artistic director of phase…
The Spaxels are flying again on April 18th in Linz, check out the video for footage from the last testflight.
The Spaxels, Ars Electronica Futurelab’s current flagship project have visited London, drawing a huge Star Trek – Logo into the nightsky of England’s capitol.
Horst Hörtner was at the Oslolux 2013 where he was talking about Spaxels. Fontourist has summarized his lecture in one picture and it’s absolutely great.